For the 77th consecutive day, Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip continue, leaving behind tens of thousands of martyrs and wounded, destroying infrastructure and a huge humanitarian disaster, while clashes between Palestinian factions and the Israeli army continue in various areas. in the middle and north of the Strip.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced on Friday that the death toll from Israel's “aggression” in the Strip had risen to “20,57 martyrs and 53,320 wounded” since October 7 last year.
The ministry said in a statement that “the number of Israeli aggression has increased to 20,057 martyrs and 53,320 wounded since October 7 last year” as a result of the devastating war Israel has waged in the Gaza Strip.
She added: “In the last 48 hours, 390 Palestinians have been killed and 734 others injured in Israeli army shelling in various areas of the Gaza Strip.”
The previous toll announced by the Gaza Health Ministry on Wednesday was 20,000 Palestinian martyrs and 52,600 wounded, mostly children and women.
In the same context, the government media office in Gaza announced that the total number of journalists martyred at the hands of the Israeli army since the beginning of the war has reached 98 journalists.
In a statement, the authority said: “Israel murdered these journalists during its brutal war in Gaza in an attempt to distort the Palestinian narrative and cover up the truth, but the occupation failed miserably.
According to official Palestinian sources, Israel's devastating war in Gaza, in addition to massive human losses, has also left massive destruction of infrastructure and an unprecedented humanitarian disaster.
Martyrs and wounded amid continuing raids
Israeli airstrikes continued in several neighborhoods and residential areas in the Gaza Strip during the last hours, and the bombardment resulted in the death of 7 martyrs in the city of Nuseirat in the center of the Strip, in addition to 6 martyrs in Al-Aqqad. area, east of Khan Yunis.
A drone struck a motorcycle driver, leading to his death in Khan Yunis, while scores of Palestinians were martyred and others were injured as a result of intense Israeli artillery shelling that targeted Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli occupation forces burned down entire houses in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of central Gaza City, as well as in the Abu Iskandar area, with these areas being targeted by rockets, according to reports from Gaza's TRT Arabic news agency. .
There was intense airstrikes and concentrated artillery shelling targeting various areas of the Gaza Strip as Israeli occupation forces targeted several houses, resulting in the deaths of a number of civilians and dozens of injuries.
The Israeli army asked residents of the Bureij camp and other areas in the central Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes immediately and head south to the city of Deir al-Balah.
Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adraee said this through his website account
There is no shelter in the city of Deir al-Balah, which is under heavy bombardment daily by Israeli artillery and warplanes. It also suffers from severe overcrowding due to the displacement of hundreds of thousands from its eastern areas near the border, in addition to residents of Gaza City and the Northern Governorate, who have been displaced there since the start of the second week of Israel's war. .
Clashes continue from time to time between Palestinian factions and the Israeli army in various areas of the central and northern Gaza Strip, particularly in the areas of Khan Yunis, Bani Suhaila and Abasan.
The Palestinian Wafa agency reported that occupation aircraft carried out several airstrikes on Block 1 and 2 of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, while occupation artillery bombarded the eastern areas of the Bureij camp in the central strip.
Rescue and ambulance crews recovered the bodies of 9 martyrs, including a mother and her five daughters, as a result of the bombing of their house in Jabalia town, bringing the death toll in the town and its camp in the last 24 hours. about 30 martyrs and dozens of wounded.
On the humanitarian level, the international aid organization Oxfam said 90 percent of Gaza's population of about 2.3 million people are facing extreme hunger and the risk of famine increases every day unless a ceasefire is reached.
This is according to a statement on her social media account in response to data shared by the UN's World Food Program on the level of hunger in Gaza, which states that at least 25 percent of Gazans are facing extreme hunger.
Oxfam has confirmed that more than 90 percent of the population is suffering from extreme hunger.
She explained: “Almost the entire population of Gaza, approximately 2.3 million people, is facing extreme hunger and the risk of famine increases every day unless a ceasefire is reached.”
The statement said that almost all families in Gaza go without food every day, and challenged an assessment in the World Food Programme's Integrated Food Security Phase classification that a quarter of Gaza's population faces catastrophic hunger.
Oxfam confirmed: “This (WFP) report paints a grim picture of the food shortages Gaza is currently suffering and reveals the urgent need for a ceasefire to allow adequate humanitarian access.
Since last October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war in Gaza that has left “20,57 martyrs and 53,320 wounded, mostly children and women” as of Friday morning, widespread destruction of infrastructure and, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in Gaza.
“Banner attack against Muslims.” How the war in Gaza caused a wave of Islamophobia in Germany?
As Israel's aggression in Gaza continues, political discourse in Germany continues to link Islam with anti-Semitism, which experts say threatens to increase the threat of Islamophobic crimes that have begun to appear in several regions of the country.
In the latest development in Germany's growing Islamophobic discourse, a theater in the northwestern city of Tübingen posted a banner declaring solidarity with Israel and linking Islam to anti-Semitism on its facade on Monday, angering a large part of the city's Muslim community and a number of activists.
It comes as experts warn of an increase in hate crimes against Muslims, with the Gaza war continuing and political restrictions being placed on supporters of the Palestinian cause in Germany.
Incitement and accusations on the Tubingen banner
A banner that the Tubingen Theater hung on one of its facades read: “Muslim communities must stop hostility and hatred towards Israel. He describes Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation as “killing Jews” and that it is “not a fight for freedom”.
The words angered many members of the city's Muslim communities, who shared an image of the banner on social media, accompanied by comments refusing to link them and Islam to anti-Semitism.
According to a German activist of Arab descent who lives in the city of Tubingen – who declined to give his name – the position of the Arab and Muslim communities is “clear and has emerged from the posts on social media”, noting that they have made this clear in more than one event of their a complete denial of these allegations.
An anti-racism activist added to TRT Arabic: “These accusations are generalized to include the whole community when the mayor of the city uses his pages on social networks such as Facebook to incite these disputes and question integration policies.”
The mayor of Tubingen, Boris Palmer, posted a photo of the banner on his Facebook page, which was later vandalized by unknown persons, confirming his support for the theater initiative.
In his statements to TRT Arabic, the mayor of Tubingen addressed the issue and reiterated his support for the content of the banner, saying: “I strongly support the message (which the banner carried) Killing Jews is not a fight for freedom.”
Asked by TRT Arabic whether the banner's link between Islam and anti-Semitism constituted an insult to Muslims, Boris Palmer said: “Given that the banner appeals to Muslims, left-wing and right-wing, this interpretation is ridiculous.”
He added: “It is absolutely no offense to talk about it, unless those who are offended are not themselves anti-Semitic. This is how these people deserve to be abused in order to reconsider their position.”
Mayor Palmer defended the association of anti-Semitism with Muslims, saying, “Many polls show that anti-Semitism finds more support in Muslim communities than in the non-Muslim population. This connection is real and therefore must be discussed.”
The speaker did not cite any source for these surveys, nor did TRT Arabic, through its research, obtain an independent source to support this claim.
Incitement to speech and Islamophobic threats
With the continuation of Israeli aggression in Gaza, along with restrictions imposed on peace advocates and supporters of the Palestinian cause in Germany, and with rhetoric from German politicians and the media linking Muslims with anti-Semitism, fears of rising levels of Islamophobia and hate crimes against the Muslim community in the country are growing. This is confirmed by Moein Zahab, a German activist and member of the Jewish anti-fascist organization “Jewish Bund”, in her interview with TRT Arabic.
Zahab says that associating hostility with Muslims “is a deliberate strategy to justify escalating racial discrimination against Muslims, Arabs and all people who are in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.”
The German activist adds: “In fact, they (German politicians) are not fighting anti-Semitism, but rather protecting white racial supremacy and imperialism.”
According to a German activist of Arab origin, “violence in German society has been noticeably increasing for years due to racist political polarization, we notice this, and therefore I call on journalists and researchers to help us monitor these issues impartially. , because the German company does not respond. “Adequately with her.”
It is noteworthy that the activist preferred to speak to TRT Arabi without giving his name due to the fear of reprisals that might be carried out against him by extremist right-wing groups. He says, “Once they threatened me and also beat up my friend.”
Moatasem Al-Rifai, a member of the Council for Immigration and Integration in the city of Nuremberg and a human rights activist, explained during his statements to TRT Arabi that “currently there is a problem in Germany, which is racism, and anti-Arabs and anti-Muslims are justified by fighting anti-Semitism, which is what the groups are trying to do.” Right-wing extremists in Germany are taking advantage of this, taking advantage of the general anti-Arab and anti-Muslim atmosphere caused by the war in Gaza.
On the ground, and in terms of numbers, about 81 mosques in Germany have been subjected to various attacks since the beginning of the current year 2023, as half of these attacks have occurred since October 7, when Israel's war in Gaza began. to what was announced by the Secretary General of the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs in Germany (DITIB), Eyup Kalyon.
This percentage is very high compared to last year, as 35 mosques across Germany were threatened or attacked in various ways, according to a report issued by the same federation entitled “Attacks on mosques in 2022.”
German Interior Minister Nancy Weiser has previously admitted in her statements that Germany suffers from an Islamophobia problem because “almost everyone (in Germany) agrees with anti-Islamic statements.
German experts have also warned that Islamophobia is a serious problem in the country. Matthias Ruhe, a researcher who co-authored one of the most comprehensive reports on Islamophobia in Germany, told Anadolu Agency: “Because of the spread of Islamophobia, Muslims in Germany face a lot of discrimination in their daily lives.”