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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Israel gets away with murder and brutality against defenseless Palestinians because of world community indifference to their suffering under longstanding occupation harshness.

Suffocating/lawless blockade is responsible for intolerable Strip conditions, a humanitarian disaster, Gazans immiserated and otherwise brutalized – including by naked aggression, ground incursions, and intermittent terror-bombing at Israel’s discretion.

Since March 30, Gazans courageously engaged in Great March of Return protests – ongoing peacefully for over six months, wanting their fundamental rights restored, what everyone everywhere deserves.

On Friday, Israeli snipers killed three Gazans, nearly 400 others injured by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, toxic tear gas, and concussion grenades fired point-blank at demonstrators to cause injuries.

According to Gaza’s health ministry, 134 Palestinians were injured by live fire, including 32 children, five women, three paramedics, and three journalists, at least seven wounded victims in critical condition, the death toll likely to rise.

Ambulances sent to aid wounded victims were attacked. The pattern of abuse repeated what’s gone on during all previous peaceful Friday demonstrations.

Since March 30, Israeli soldiers murdered around 200 Gazans, injuring over 22,000 others, more than 4,000 from live fire.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) accused the Netanyahu regime of “using excessive force against peaceful protesters…for the 28th Friday in a row…”

PCHR field workers stressed that  “demonstrations in all areas were as always fully peaceful, and neither weapons nor armed persons were seen.”

Israeli officials lied claiming otherwise. Haaretz supported the Big Lie, claiming Israeli forces “retaliat(ed) for attacks on troops,” adding:

“(P)rotesters hurl(ed) hand grenades and explosive devices toward troops,” citing a willfully deceptive IDF source.

No attacks occurred on Friday or during other Great March of Return demonstrations, no hand grenades hurled, no explosive devices used, no riots throughout the 28-week period, no Hamas terrorism. Not a shred of evidence suggests otherwise.

The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, YNet News, and other Israeli media made similar fabricated accusations against Gazans, including Hamas.

The PCHR minced no words, saying “Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.”

That’s an indisputable fact – Israel again guilty of cold-blooded murder and other brutal tactics against defenseless Gazans, lawfully demonstrating for rights denied them.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.