Palestine in Pictures: June 2019

A Palestinian visits the graves of relatives during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, in Gaza City on 5 June.

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Israeli occupation forces shot and fatally wounded a young Palestinian man, reportedly at close range, as the month of June came to a close.

Israel claimed that Muhammad Samir Ubeid, 20, had thrown lit firecrackers at police during confrontations in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh on 27 June.

Ubeid’s body was held by Israel until 1 July.

Shortly before Ubeid was killed, residents of Issawiyeh protested against weeks of police raids on the village.

Paramedic fatally wounded

A Palestinian paramedic, injured while on duty during protests in Gaza the previous month, died of his injuries in a West Bank hospital on 10 June.

Muhammad al-Judaili, a 36-year-old father of four from central Gaza, had been shot in the face with a rubber-coated metal bullet on 3 May.

Al-Judaili was the fourth paramedic to be killed while on duty during Gaza’s Great March of Return protests launched on 30 March 2018.

A fifth medic, 17-year-old Sajid Mizher, was killed while coming to the aid of a wounded person during confrontations in Dheisheh refugee camp in the occupied West Bank earlier this year.

Seventy-two Palestinians have died by Israeli fire so far this year.

Six Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, though Palestinian factions have repudiated Israel’s claims of a nationalist motive for an Israeli woman’s killing by a Palestinian man in February.

In addition, a Palestinian from the West Bank living in Ashkelon, southern Israel, died after his apartment was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza in early May.

Also during the month of June, a 26-year-old Palestinian woman in Gaza was strangled and killed, allegedly by her brother “for reasons suspected to be related to ‘preserving family honor,’” the human rights group Al Mezan stated.

The group added that reduced sentences for men convicted in “honor killing” cases “contributes to an environment in which they are encouraged and emboldened to commit such serious crimes.”

Israel continued to put pressure on Gaza’s population of more than two million Palestinians by banning fishers from accessing the sea for a week and then halting fuel deliveries to the territory’s sole power plant for several days.

Households in Gaza were receiving power supply in cycles of eight hours of availability followed by eight hours of blackout, according to the human rights group Gisha.

Gaza agreement

Israel and Hamas had reached an agreement toward an extended calm along the Gaza boundary, it was reported in late June.

The Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz said an Israeli official confirmed that occupation authorities would “allow the delivery of fuel and expand the fishing zone in Gaza,” in exchange for “Hamas halting violence.”

Those agreements, brokered by United Nations and Egyptian mediators, reportedly include the renewal of fuel supplies to Gaza.

The US, which had cut off funding for Palestinians last year, launched its “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Palestinians in Bahrain in late June.

Palestinian and Israeli government officials did not participate in the conference.

The Trump administration proposes injecting $50 billion of “investments” into the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and neighboring countries.

A UN human rights expert stated that any peace proposal will fail unless it is rooted in international law.

“Prior plans for Middle East peace over the past five decades have all failed, in large part because they did not seriously insist upon a rights-based approach to peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” special rapporteur Michael Lynk stated after the Bahrain conference.

A peace process that ignores Palestinian refugees and the right to self-determination, among other principles, “will inevitably suffer the same fate as its predecessors,” Lynk added.

Rightwing Israelis participate in the provocative “Jerusalem Day” march through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem’s Old City on 2 June.

Afif Amera WAFA

Palestinian security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron detain a supporter of the Hizb al-Tahrir party as he and others attempted to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers, opposing the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who officially announced that the holiday starts on the following day, in Hebron, on 4 June.

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Young men from the West Bank town of Qalqilya look at the Mediterranean Sea as thousands of Palestinians, many of them from the West Bank, celebrated Eid al-Fitr holiday on the beach between Tel Aviv and Jaffa on 7 June. Occupation authorities gave special permission to thousands of Palestinians to enter Israel during the holiday.

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A Palestinian boy in Hebron walks on the rubble of a building destroyed by Israeli forces on the pretext that it was built without a permit, which are almost never granted to Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, on 11 June.

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Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas’ political wing, meets with Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East peace envoy, in Gaza City on 14 June. The UN along with Egyptian intermediaries sought to reach an indirect agreement between Hamas and Israel to ease tensions along the Gaza boundary. (Hamas media office)

Palestinian medics protest against the killing of their colleague Muhammad al-Judaili, who was fatally injured by Israeli occupation forces while on duty during Great March of Return protests, Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, 14 June.

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A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli soldiers during a protest against a military order to confiscate land in the northern West Bank near the city of Nablus on 14 June. Palestinian sources said the confiscated land will be used for a road serving Elon Moreh settlement.

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Palestinians sit in front of a mosque vandalized with graffiti in Kafr Malik, a West Bank village near Ramallah, on 17 June. Israeli settlers are suspected of spraying Hebrew-language slogans on the mosque walls and vandalizing several vehicles.

Bahaa Nasr WAFA

Palestinians work at a tomato paste factory in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on 17 June. High unemployment and rising poverty rates mean Gaza residents are unable to afford fresh produce, while the Israeli blockade has severely limited farmers’ abilities to export their crops.

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Gaza City shops are shuttered during a general strike in protest against the economic peace workshop in Bahrain on 25 June.

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus protest against the US-sponsored Bahrain economic peace conference on 25 June.

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Palestinians in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, protest against the US-sponsored economic peace workshop underway in Bahrain on 26 June.

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A wounded Palestinian protester is treated during confrontations with Israeli occupation forces following a protest against the Bahrain economic peace workshop, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 26 June.

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Palestinians protest against a military order to confiscate land in the northern West Bank near the city of Nablus on 28 June. Palestinian sources said the confiscated land will be used for a road leading to Elon Moreh settlement.

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Palestinians demonstrate during Great March of Return protests along the southern Gaza Strip’s boundary with Israel near Khan Younis on 28 June.

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Palestinians enjoy the Gaza City beach as they attempt to escape the summer heat on 28 June.

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A banner showing retired Egyptian footballer Mohammed Aboutrika, who was given a yellow card after revealing a T-shirt reading “Sympathize with Gaza” under his jersey upon scoring a goal in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, is seen during a Palestine Cup match between Khadamat Rafah and Balata youth club in the southern Gaza Strip on 30 June. The game ended with a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Palestine Cup final.

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