At least 16 Palestinians were injured in Gaza on Friday during the weekly “Great March of Return” protest along the Israeli border, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber-coated projectiles, according to reports, while the protesters hurled stones. Some of the injured were reportedly taken to hospital by ambulance, while others were treated at the scene by health workers.
The “Great March of Return” demonstrations have been staged every week along the Gaza-Israeli border since March 2018. The movement demands for Palestinians the right to return to their pre-1948 homes.
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Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom
By Norman Finkelstein
The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating “operations” against Gaza’s largely defenseless population. Thousands have perished, and tens of thousands have been left homeless. In the meantime, Israel has subjected Gaza to a merciless illegal blockade.
What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.
Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein’s new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has justified its assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions constituted flagrant violations of international law.
But Finkelstein also documents that the guardians of international law—from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Council—ultimately failed Gaza. One of his most disturbing conclusions is that, after Judge Richard Goldstone’s humiliating retraction of his UN report, human rights organizations succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut.
Finkelstein’s magnum opus is both a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and an act of resistance against the forgetfulness of history.
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