Israel threatens to target kite-flying Gazan protesters

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06 May, 2018

From early morning, youths brought tyres to within 500 meters (yards) of the fence, preparing to set fire to them to roll at the Israeli fence, and to use them as a smokescreen to counter Israeli sharpshooters on the other side.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite United Nations resolutions and worldwide law that uphold people's right to return to their homelands.

Palestinians headed into the seventh week of demonstrations as part of the "Great March of Return" on Friday, as protest organisers chose to highlight the plight of workers in the Gaza Strip. Alternatives, such as accommodating refugees and their descendants in a future Palestinian state, have been discussed in peace talks that date back to 1993 but which are now stalled.

Sir, - Barry Meyler claims that the Israelis have shot over "1,000 unarmed protesters and killed 42 people" during the current Hamas-organised protests on the Gaza border (May 3rd).

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Aser was shot east of Gaza City on April 27, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said.

"The Palestinian protests on Gaza's border fall into the "state of war" category; thus human rights laws do not apply to the [Israeli army's] rules of engagement in this regard", state attorneys asserted in response to petitions filed with Israel's High Court by a number of human rights groups. "If they don't allow us back, at least they should give us a state".

The protests take place at a time of growing frustration as prospects for an independent Palestinian state look poor.

Trump's moves angered Palestinian leaders, who have refused to talk to his administration, accusing it of pro-Israel bias.


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