Listen to Dr. Bakr as he narrated to Days of Palestine⁩ about his tragic experience during the last aggression on Gaza:


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Al Mezan holds Israel responsible for the death of 6-year-old patient in Gaza denied exit permit to access needed care in Jerusalem

Al Mezan strongly condemns the discriminatory movement restrictions and the arbitrary permit system imposed by Israeli authorities on Palestinian patients from the Gaza Strip, which obstruct their access to hospitals outside Gaza. The most recent case of delay lead to the death of the six-year-old child Farouq Mohammed Abu Naja, who died after he was denied access to medical care at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.


According to Al Mezan, Farouq’s legal representative, the child suffered from developmental regression. Despite having obtained a special medical referral and secured appointments at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities denied him the requisite exit permit to travel there. Both patient

exit permit requests submitted to Israeli authorities on 12 January 2022 and 10 August 2022 remained under review. This delay led to a serious deterioration of Abu Naja health condition and eventually to his death on Thursday 25 August 2022.


Israel’s draconian, stifling closure of Gaza serves to deny inhabitants their fundamental right to health, and other inalienable rights, as part of an entrenched system of oppression, domination, and discrimination against the Palestinian people. Al Mezan’s documentation shows that since the beginning of 2022, four patients—including three children—have died following Israel’s denial of requests for exit permits and delay.


Al Mezan deeply regrets Farouq’s death. This case is yet another example of Israel’s continuing violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and its obligations as an occupying power, notably to respect and ensure freedom of movement in occupied territory and to guarantee the right to health of the occupied population. These obligations bear greater weight when involving children and, as provided in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel has an obligation to ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child. Delaying access to necessary medical care for a toddler for more than five months is unwarranted and grave.

Al Mezan emphasizes that Israel is fully responsible for Farouq’s death as the occupying power and relevant duty bearer in these circumstances. The State’s persistent breaches of its international law obligations require the intervention of the international community and accountability of perpetrators. The continued impunity granted to Israel and the absence of accountability encourage the recurrence of crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.


Al Mezan calls on the international community—in particular, the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions—to uphold their moral and legal obligations vis-à-vis the protected Palestinian people and to ensure Israel complies with its obligations under international law, ends the closure and blockade on the Gaza Strip, and stops its ongoing restrictions of Palestinian patients’ access to medical care outside the Gaza Strip. The continued impunity provided to the Israeli forces and the absence of accountability, encourage the repetition of crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.

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from Francesca Albanese

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Remember their names, they were just children…

The largest sand sculpture on the seashore of Gaza with the names of Palestinian children, who were killed by the Israeli occupation airstrikes during the latest onslaught on Gaza.

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Palestinians in Gaza held a vigil to denounce the killing of the five children whom ‘Israel’ admitted today having murdered

Palestinians in Gaza held a vigil to denounce the killing of the five children whom ‘Israel’ admitted today having murdered in an air strike on Al-Faluja Cemetery east of Jabalia during the most recent attack on Gaza.



The Egyptian authorities prevented 11-year-old Palestinian girl, Rahaf Salman, who lost both her legs and her right arm in an Israeli air strike in the latest onslaught on Gaza, from traveling through the Rafah crossing to Istanbul, Turkey, for treatment.

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Israeli Strike Killed 5 Gaza Children, Israeli Occupation Officials Admit, After Initially Blaming Islamic Jihad

Israeli Occupation officials have confirmed on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, that Israel was responsible for the deaths of five minors killed on the last day of the recent attack over Gaza this month.

An army inquiry into the incident, which occurred on August 7 in the Al-Faluja Cemetery east of Jabalya, has concluded that the minors were killed by an Israeli airstrike, several military sources have confirmed.

Immediately after their deaths, several senior officers jumped to say that the five were most likely killed by a misfired Islamic Jihad rocket.

After a similar incident in the Jabalya refugee camp the day before that killed eight civilians, including children, an army inquiry concluded that this was in fact caused by a misfired Islamic Jihad rocket. The Palestinians had claimed the eight were killed by Israel, but the army quickly released evidence indicating that they were actually killed by Islamic Jihad.

“We didn’t conduct any strikes in that area, not in urban areas and not at that time,” Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Ran Kochav said shortly after the incident in the refugee camp. The head of the army’s Operations Directorate, Maj. Gen. Oded Bassuk, similarly said that “based on intelligence assessments, it can be concluded that this was a self-inflicted injury. We could see the rocket hit a Palestinian home.”

The next day, the IDF released what it said was evidence of the misfired rocket. The footage showed several rockets being launched, and one, circled in red, falling downward. The army claimed that this rocket had exploded inside Gaza.
But in the cemetery incident, despite their off-the-record assessments, senior IDF officers never commented publicly about who was responsible.

The five victims were Jamil al-Din Nijm, 3; Jamil Ihab Nijm, 13; Mohammad Nijm, 16; Hamed Nijm, 16; and Nathmi Karsh, 15. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, three of them had participated in a support program for trauma victims in Gaza.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that during the three days of fighting, dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn, the army was working to defend the country’s security, and therefore “attacked Islamic Jihad military targets in the Gaza Strip. During its operations, the IDF made every reasonable effort to minimize, insofar as possible, harm to civilians and civilian property.”

The army investigates all its actions during the operation, the statement continued, and the cemetery incident is still being investigated.

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Paola Manduca 15:59 (6 ore fa) a me Testimonies of Soldiers in Israeli Occupation Army Reveal Deliberate Killing of Children in Gazaد

‘We killed a little boy, but it was within the rules’

Former IDF soldiers reveal how the army authorizes strikes in Gaza knowing civilians will be killed, so long as the number is deemed low enough.

This article was published in partnership with Local Call.

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Civil Society Organizations Stand with the Commission of Inquiry against Rising Attacks

Date: 12 August 2022
The undersigned organisations extend their full support and pledge their ongoing cooperationwith the UN Commission of Inquiry on Palestine, which has been under mounting attack, led by Israel, including recent smearing of its work and members as antisemitic, and calls for its disbandment.
The Commission of Inquiry (hereinafter the CoI or the Commission), was established in May 2021 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), to investigate underlying root causes of Israel’s systematic racial discrimination and repression against the Palestinian people on both sides of the Green Line. In particular, the CoI will examine events surrounding Israel’s suppression of peaceful assemblies with lethal force intended to quash the spark of Palestinian Unity Intifada,
Israel’s subsequent aggressive military offensive on the Gaza Strip in May 2021, and the killing of 276 Palestinians civilians by Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) and illegally transferred in colonial settlers throughout occupied Palestine, that month.
The Commission is particularly fundamental in light of Israel’s ongoing crimes and violations    against the Palestinian people, and its longstanding impunity, coupled with the deliberate failure of third states to recognise the situation as it is in Palestine, or take actions to bring the illegal occupation and apartheid to an end, including failing to implement recommendations from previous UN investigative mechanisms. The latest aggression on the population of the Gaza Strip
launched by Israel on 5 August 2022, which led to the killing of 46 Palestinians including 16 children and four women, and the injury of 360 Palestinians, is yet another flagrant example of Israel’s ongoing war crimes against the Palestinian people which it is allowed to perpetrate without any accountability and countermeasures. The Commission is vital to investigate the ongoing violations and international crimes within their root causes, with an important mandate
towards ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability. If not addressed as a matter of urgency, these root causes and Israel’s impunity will continue to produce cycles of violence at the expense of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The latest calls for disbanding the Commission will only further aggravate violence, and impunity for international crimes perpetrated by Israeli authorities, and entrench the denial of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.
Since its establishment, the Commission has been under pressing and coordinated attacks by Israel, a US-led coalition of States, and civil society, alleging its mandate and work as “biased”
and “disproportionately focusing on Israel”. For example, during the interactive dialogue of the CoI’s mandate at the 50th session of the HRC on 13 June 2022, some 22 States, led by the United States, condemned the CoI’s mandate and called for the halt of the “longstanding disproportionate attention given to Israel in the Council”.
Most recently, following Commissioner Miloon Kothari’s media interview on 25 July 2022, the CoI has been smeared as antisemitic, taking quotes from Kothari's interview out of context while


using antisemitism accusations to halt the CoI’s investigation into Israel’s international crimes against the Palestinian people, including the crime against humanity of apartheid.
Such smearing and attacks included a letter on 31 July 2022 by Prime Minister Yair Lapid to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, accusing the Commission of endorsing and fuelling antisemitism and demanding, “the immediate removal of all three members of the Commission of Inquiry tasked with investigating Israel, and the disbanding of the Commission.”
Representatives of a number of States have also condemned the Commission and Mr. Kothari’s remarks as antisemitic, including: the United States, France, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Austria.
Since its establishment, Israel has been systematically supressing and silencing the voices of human rights defenders and civil society organisations, whether Palestinian, regional or international, advocating for the realisation of the rights of the Palestinian people and attempting to challenge Israel’s impunity, and its apartheid regime. Such attacks have also targeted international accountability mechanisms, including UN international Commissions of Inquiry
and Fact Finding Missions.
Israel has a record of attacks and non-cooperation with UN investigative bodies, UN special rapporteurs and the staff UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, including by preventing the entry into Palestine, leading organised lobbying efforts against such bodies, and engaging smear campaigns accusing the bodies of bias and ‘antisemitism’. As such, the latest attack on the mandate of the CoI is a continuation of Israel’s systematic efforts to shut down internationally mandated accountability mechanisms.
The intense attacks come in light of the unique and historic mandate of the present Commission, the first permanent UN investigative body with a comprehensive mandate covering colonised Palestine, the entirety of the Palestinian people, including refugees and exiles in the diaspora. As such, the present Commission is a crucial step toward the recognition and remedy of Israel’s settler-colonial and apartheid regime as the root cause of Israel’s perpetual violations of
international law in Palestine.
Our organizations condemn and call for the end of the pressing attacks by Israel, the US-led coalition, and several organisations on the CoI. We call on all States to provide the utmost political, institutional and material support, and to engage in good faith with the mandate of the CoI, to enable this important accountability mechanism to continue with its mandate unhindered.
List of Endorsing Organisations:
Palestinian Organisations
1- Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
2- Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
3- Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man
4- Bisan Center for Research and Development
5- Center for Defense of Liberties & Civil Rights "HURRYYAT"

6- Defense for Children International – Palestine
7- Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
8- Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
9- Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
10- The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem
11- The Community Action Center / Al-Quds University
12- The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
13- The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy-
14- The Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO)
15- Union of Palestinian Women Committees Society (UPWC)
16- Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)

Regional and International Organisations
17- American Muslim Bar Association (AMBA)
18- Arab Lawyers Association (UK)
19- Arab Organization for Human Rights
20- Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ)
21- Association Suisse-Palestine ASP
22- Australian Centre for International Justice
23- Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
24- Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, Luxembourg
25- Democratic Lawyers Italy
26- European Coordination of Committees and associations for Palestine
27- European Legal Support Center
28- European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine
29- Global Network of Movement Lawyers – Movement Law Lab
30- Good Shepherd Collective
31- ICAHD Finland
32- ICAHD- Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
33- International Association of Democratic Lawyers
34- International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
35- International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
36- Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
37- Jewish Voice for Peace
38- Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
39- Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste (Canada)
40- Justice for Palestinians Calgary
41- Labor for Palestine
42- MENA Working Group FNV

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11-year-old Palestinian girl Rahaf Suleiman lost both her legs and her right arm as a result of an Israeli air strike in the latest Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

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Lyan Al-Shaer, 10 years old, is the 17th child killed by Israeli occupation air strikes in Gaza during Israel’s recent 3-day attack.

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