Note: Just moments ago, the Palestinian Resistance announced the successful conclusion of a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. We urge all supporters of Palestine to continue to plan events and actions to support the Palestinian struggle. We know all too well that Israel regularly violates its ceasefires and vigilance is always necessary. We salute the steadfastness and strength of the people and their heroic, brave resistance, which secured this ceasefire today and continues to break the siege and fight for freedom. Towards victory for Palestine!

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Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters of Palestinian liberation to stand with Palestinians in Gaza under Israeli attack and support the Palestinian resistance struggling for return and liberation.

In the past two days, Israeli occupation forces have engaged in repeated attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, bombing Al-Aqsa TV as it broadcasted, the University College of Applied Sciences and residential buildings. The latest attack on Gaza – following the wars of 2009, 2012 and 2014 and the murder of hundreds in the Great March of Return – began after an Israeli special forces group attempted to infiltrate the Gaza Strip to near Khan Younis. There, they were discovered and confronted by the Palestinian resistance. 

The gang of heavily armed, disguised occupation soldiers opened fire on Palestinian resistance leader Nour Barakeh, a commander in the Al-Qassam Brigades who had come to confront the infiltrators. Reports indicate that the occupation military forces had been sent to kidnap or kill Barakeh before they were discovered by the Palestinian resistance.

F-16s, drones and Israeli military hardware took to the air over Khan Younis, striking the city 40 times in an attempt to allow the Israeli forces to escape. Still, Barakeh and his fellow resistance fighters refused to stop chasing the infiltrating soldiers’ van. Barakeh, 37, was killed as they opened fire, and resistance fighters killed one Israeli soldier. The occupation forces also shot dead Naji Abu Khater, 21; Mohammed Majid Moussa al-Qara, 23; Alaa al-Din Mohammed Qwaider, 22; Mustafa Hassan Mohammed Abu Odeh, 21; Mahmoud Attallah Musabeh 25, and Alaa Fawzi Mohammed Fseifes, 19. 

On Monday, occupation forces targeted two strugglers of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Mohammed al-Tatari, 27, and Mohammed Odeh, 22, striking them down as they fought to defend Palestine. The PFLP issued a statement urging action to support Palestinians under attack, declaring:

“Palestinians in Gaza are not alone! And they must not be left alone. This attack is not only carried out by the Israeli occupation alone, but by the imperialist powers like the United States, France and Britain that arm and support the settler colonial racist state to the hilt. The reactionary Arab regimes that plot how to dismantle Palestinian rights and existence while raining destruction and death on Yemen are also complicit in this onslaught.

Now is the time to act. Take to the streets and the squares, organize, demonstrate, protest and mobilize to stand with the Palestinian people in Gaza under attack, yet who continue to resist despite all odds. Build the boycott of Israel and confront imperialism everywhere it exists. Stand with the Palestinian people, the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian cause – the struggle for return and the fight for liberation, from the river to the sea!” 

Four more Palestinians were killed by the occupation forces between Monday night and Tuesday morning: Hamad Mohammed al-Nahhal, 23; Mousa Iyad Abdel-Aal, 22; Khaled Riyad al-Sultan, 26; and Musab al-Hoss, 20.

The Palestinian resistance has refused to give ground to the occupation attacks. Instead, it is continuing to fight back and display its increased capabilities to struggle against one of the most heavily armed forces in the world. It faces a settler colonial power that uses its assaults on Palestinians as a means to market its weapons of warfare, surveillance and repression around the world. 

When resistance fighters targeted a soldiers’ military transport vehicle, striking it just as the occupation forces evacuated, Israeli officials attempted to lie to the world. They presented their military vehicle involved directly in the killings in Gaza as a “commuter bus.” In fact, some have speculated that the massive bombing of Al-Aqsa TV was a failed attempt to prevent Palestinian footage from reaching the airwaves. The attack failed, however, as the station resumed broadcasting only minutes later.

These attacks do not come from nowhere, of course; they are a clear continuation of the ongoing and brutal assault on the Great March of Return, in which tens of thousands of Palestinians have participated. Despite sniper fire taking the lives of over 200 Palestinians as they marched in popular demonstrations to the colonially imposed “border” or armistice line, marchers have continued to return each Friday. They demand an end to the 11-year-long siege on Gaza and, most fundamentally, their right to return home to Palestine.

Over 70 percent of the 2 million people in Gaza are Palestinian refugees, denied their right to return home by Zionist settler colonial occupation for over 70 years. Despite years of siege and hardship that has meant environmental devastation, health crisis, a lack of electricity and increased unemployment, impoverishment and devastation, Palestinians in Gaza have refused to give up their rights or their resistance. The Palestinian masses have confronted attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause backed by the world’s most powerful imperialist forces and reactionary Arab regimes by returning the focus to their fundamental rights, the core of the cause: the return of the refugees and the liberation of the land of Palestine.

In addition, these occupation attacks clearly evidence the climate of international impunity and support for Israeli war crimes fostered by United States, French, British, German and other imperialist support. While reactionary Arab regimes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and others push for normalization with the Zionist project, the Palestinian resistance continues to stand on the front lines against the colonial onslaught.

We must not be silent in the face of these latest Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. We remember Mohammed al-Tatari, Nour Barakeh, Mohammed Odeh, Naji Abu Khater, Mohammed al-Qara, Alaa al-Din Qaider, Mustafa Abu Odeh, Mahmoud Musabeh, Alaa Fseifes, Hamad al-Nahhal, Mousa Abdel-Aal, Khaled al-Sultan, Musab al-Hoss and all of the strugglers that have fallen in 100 years of struggle for a free Palestine. Their lives and their blood must not be lost in vain, as they leave behind families, children, loved ones and lives full of potential and love for their land and people.

The Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people are on the front lines of defense against racism, colonialism and imperialism, defending their land and struggling for liberation for all of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

We urge supporters of Palestine and the Palestinian people to organize and take action:

1.Organize protests and demonstrations against the bombing of Gaza. Call for a military embargo on Israel and support for Palestinian rights and freedom. Protests are already being organized around the world – use the form below, email us at samidoun@samidoun.net or contact us on Facebook to add your protest to our growing list! You can find Israeli consulates and embassies in your city at the following link: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel Posters and materials can be downloaded for use at your actions.

2. Call your government officials and tell them to stop supporting Israel and justifying Israeli war crimes. Instead, they should be imposing a military embargo on Israel. Use the following numbers to send a message to your government to end its complicity and participation in the bombs falling on Gaza:

Call during your country’s regular office hours:

  • Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne: + 61 2 6277 7500
  • Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
  • European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
  • New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters: +64 4 439 8000
  • United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: +44 20 7008 1500
  • United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction! Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation.  Large corporations are deeply involved in Israel’s ongoing massacres of protesters in Gaza. Ford Motor Company produces trucks later modified by Elbit Systems as autonomous unmanned vehicles to remotely fire on Palestinians. HSBC Bank finances Israeli military corporations, including Elbit Systems, while Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise contracts with the Israeli navy to “virtualize” its operations, including the sea blockade of Gaza. Learn more at https://bdsmovement.net and https://www.mintpressnews.com/meet-ten-corporate-giants-helping-israel-massacre-gaza-protesters/250617/

LIST OF EVENTS

* Please note, the following list contains only street actions. There are many important lectures and presentations – see our calendar for details!

Wednesday, 14 November:

Thursday, 15 November:

Friday, 16 November:

Saturday, 17 November:

Monday, 19 November:

Friday, 23 November:

Saturday, 24 November:

 

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