A Palestinian in Gaza screamed silently through social media:
Yesterday 15 unarmed Palestinian protesters were shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Gaza. The deafening silence of world “leaders” reminds us that their problem is not the way Palestinians fight back. It’s the fact that we fight back to begin with.
BDS? Alienating! Anti-Semitic!
Armed resistance? Violence! Terrorism!
Peaceful march? Riots! Infiltrators!
A Palestinian-American in the U.S. unmasked the media’s bias in favor of Israel’s narrative:
Just die silently, and even then they’ll blame you for it.
Not a single Israeli has been so much as touched by a Palestinian protester in the past couple of days, much less harmed. Not a single hurled rock has reached anywhere near a soldier, while Israeli snipers murdered 17 and wounded 1400. Yet western media insists these are “clashes.”
Earlier this month, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Palestine identified the excessive force used against children at the border between Gaza and Israel in his report to the Human Rights Council:
Excessive use of force against Palestinians by Israeli forces is a concern in the area along the border fence, and often has an impact on children. In mid-February 2018, two Palestinian teenagers aged 14 and 16 were killed, and two others injured by Israeli forces who fired what was reportedly artillery shells and live fire towards the boys as they approached the fence, although they were reportedly between 30 to 50 meters away when shot.
This incident raises concerns about the decision to use lethal force against young, unarmed boys, as according to the Basic Principles of the Use of Force, lethal force should be used only if other means are ineffective, and should be used with restraint and in proportion to the seriousness of the offense and the legitimate objective to be achieved. Not only in Gaza, but in the West Bank as well, use of force by Israeli forces has consistently been flagged as an issue of concern by the Special Rapporteur, the High Commissioner, and the Secretary-General. This concern is necessarily heightened when children are the victims.
#1 – Israel admits its use of force is deliberate and precise. This information will be key to future deliberations by the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. General Assembly, and the International Court of Justice.
#2 – Palestinians in Gaza have unmasked Israel’s Achilles Heel. Israeli leaders have no desire or intention of meeting peace initiatives with peace. They don’t know how to do Gandhi, and don’t have any shame in playing the role of Goliath to the Palestinians’ David.
#3 – The western mainstream media is unable to cover the #greatreturnmarch impartially, nor examine all sides of the unfolding events objectively. The dominant narrative will prevail until alternative voices can break through the static.
Rest In Peace
(1) Naji Abu Hijir
(2) Mohammad Kamel Najjar (shot in the stomach near Jabaliya)
(3) Wahid Nasrallah Abu Samour
(4) Amin Mahmoud Abu Muammar (38 Rafah)
(5) Mohammed Naeem Abu Amr (Mohammed Abu Omar, 22 Rafah)
(6) Ahmed Ibrahim Ashour Odeh (19)
(7) Jihad Ahmed Fraina (33)
(8) Mahmoud Saadi Rahmi (33)
(9) Abd al-Fattah Bahjat Abd al-Nabi (18) reportedly shot in the back while running away from the border.
(10) Ibrahim Salah Abu Shaar (20)
(11) Abd al-Qader Marhi al-Hawajri
(12) Sari Walid Abu Odeh
(13) Hamdan Isma’il Abu Amsha
(14) Jihad Zuhair Abu Jamous
(15) Bader Fayek al-Sabbagh
(16) Omar Samour (31) — the farmer who was killed around dawn