Israeli military forces have killed two Palestinians protesting near the Gaza strip’s perimeter fence on the 11th January 2019, which prevents Palestinians from leaving the confines of the illegal blockade.
After protests to the east of Gaza City, Israeli forces unleashed tear gas and gunfire on protesters, killing 43-year-old Amal al-Taramsi and fatally wounding 14-year-old Abed al-Raouf Ismail Salha.
At least 25 other Palestinians were wounded by the Israeli gunfire on Friday, including a paramedic and two members of the media. As of the 14th January 2019 the Palestinian death toll has risen to 257 since protests began last March.
The deaths highlight the prevalence of the Israel Defence Forces use of live ammunition against protestors, indicating the likelihood that protesters are facing indiscriminate or highly excessive force. Human Rights Watch described IDF actions against the protests last year as ‘not merely excessive’ but ‘calculated’.
The Palestinian protesters are demanding their right to return to their original homelands – which are within the borders of the Israeli state. This demand is currently enshrined in international law as inalienable and Israel’s membership of the United Nations was conditional on implementing the right of return. Despite this, leading Israeli politicians have in the past stated that they do not plan to allow ‘a single Palestinian refugee’ to return. With silence from our politicians in London there is little sign of the Israeli government changing their stance.