Older man waves a Palestinian flag in Sheikh Jarrah. Photo: flickr.com/photos/libertinus, taken on April 22, 2011.
Photo: flickr.com/photos/libertinus, taken on April 22, 2011.

Most of the information in this article has been obtained via the Instagram accounts @letstalkpalestine, @eye.on.palestine and through the Twitter pages of @yarahawari, @m7mdkurd, @majedabusalama, @marwasf, @layanbaker and others.


Sheikh Jarrah is a small neighborhood in East Jerusalem, home to 28 Palestinian refugee families that were ethnically cleansed from their original homes during the 1948 Nakba. 

An agreement between Jordan and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 1956 stipulated that these families would then be allocated houses and land in Sheikh Jarrah.

A recent ruling by an Israeli court in October 2020 set to forcibly evict 12 Palestinian families from the neighborhood, under the expectation that they were to hand over their properties to Israeli settlers. They were given until May 2021 to evacuate. As a result, 550 Palestinians face the threat of displacement.

This is not a new phenomenon to the neighborhood. Since 1972, settlers have routinely dragged Palestinians out of their homes and forcibly removed their possessions, with the backing of security entities. 

In 2009, the Al Ghawi family was forcibly evicted from their home in the neighborhood. They and 10 other families were displaced. A full timeline of recent events is as follows:

April 30, 2021

Palestinians take to the streets to protest following the Fajr prayer at Al Aqsa mosque.

Palestinians gather on the steps of Al Aqsa mosque following Friday prayer to take an oath to defend the mosque.

Israeli settlers celebrate in front of the Palestinian homes of the families threatened of displacement and ethnic cleansing.

Israeli occupation forces brutally attack and beat members of the Palestinian youth at Damascus gate, Jerusalem.

April 30, 2021
May 1, 2021

Palestinians gather for a protest at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Israeli occupation forces brutally assault and attack protestors, detaining two.

Many begin to protest across Palestine. In one instance, occupation forces harass Palestinians during a vigil held in solidarity with families of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Christian Palestinians gather at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to celebrate a day before Easter Sunday.

Occupation forces attack the celebration at the gate of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

May 1, 2021
May 2, 2021

Israeli court meets to decide whether to displace 28 Palestinian families or not. Ruling decides that settlers will inherit the homes of the Palesinian owners following their death. Palestinians dismissed this deal, refusing any other deals of the same kind. Court adjourned until May 6.

Israeli settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque compound.

Occupation forces attack Palestinians in Beita, near Nablus. One boy was reportedly shot by occupation forces.

Palestinian youths hold vigil in solidarity with the families of Sheikh Jarrah.

Occupation forces attack Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah using sound grenades. They then detain some Palestinians. 

May 2, 2021
May 3, 2021

Occupation forces storm the village of Aqraba, near Nablus, assaulting a number of Palestinians and arresting them. At least eight were reportedly detained.

Palestinians hold vigil in solidarity with families of Sheikh Jarrah. Occupation forces attack and assault them.

Occupation forces attack the families of Sheikh Jarrah, detaining a few young men. One of the young men was identified as Ahmad Farrah.

May 3, 2021
May 4, 2021

Ahmed Farrah is released after being beaten by occupation forces. Mohamad Alobkby is sent to court.

Occupation forces storm a mosque in Aqraba.

Palestinians gather for iftar in the courtyard of the Al Aqsa mosque.

Occupation forces prevent Palestinians from reaching Sheikh Jarrah to take part in a solidarity vigil. Muna and Mohammad al Kurd are assaulted during the solidarity vigil. Mohammad is then detained.

Soldiers attack and harass a number of protestors, including one young man, Omar, who had his neck pressed down by a soldier. “I can’t breathe, you are suffocating me,” he yells out.

May 4, 2021
May 5, 2021

The entrances and exits of Aqraba are sealed, as occupation forces storm it in search of Palestinian fighters who shot and injured three Israeli soldiers a few days prior.

Settlers set fire to lands owned by Palestinians in Burin, an occupied village in the West Bank.

Occupation forces detain Sanaa Shalabi, after a raid of her home in the north of Ramallah. Her son was detained the day before.

Sameer Bhais is detained by Israeli soldiers following a raid on his home in Yatta.

May 5, 2021
May 6, 2021

Palestinians break their fast in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Occupation forces attack a farm and two homes in Aqraba.
Palestinians continue to gather in solidarity with the families of Sheikh Jarrah.

Occupation forces assault Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah. One attack was carried out inside the house of the Al Kurd family using sound grenades. Another showed forces spraying skunk water at Palestinians and homes in the neighborhood.

Forces brutally drag and detain at least seven during the protests, including one girl and one paramedic,
Palestinian paramedics sustain injuries by sound grenades in an attempt to treat the injured in Sheikh Jarrah. A volunteer paramedic is detained.

Occupation forces shoot and kill a 16-year-old boy, Saeed Odeh, in Olda, near Nablus.

May 6, 2021
May 7, 2021

A funeral is held for Saeed Odeh.

Israeli supreme court postponed the verdict from May 6 to May 10.

Settlers spray pepper gas at Palestinian youths in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Violent attacks break out before iftar in the neighborhood.

Occupation forces attack and assault peaceful protestors in Sheikh Jarrah. Some are reportedly detained. Medical crews evacuate a few protestors injured in the confrontations.

Palestinians burn a settler’s car in Sheikh Jarrah. Settler begins to shoot at Palestinians.

May 7, 2021
May 8, 2021

Occupation forces attack protestors at the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. They then closed all entrances of the neighborhood and banned entry of all activists, while allowing settlers to gather. A few settlers gather nearby.

Occupation forces attack Palestinians in Jerusalem using sound grenades. They then attack worshippers at one of the gates of Al Aqsa mosque, further proceeding into the courtyards and even reaching the Masjid al Qibli (the lead dome). Forces fire sound grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Protestors gather at the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah.
Occupation forces gather at Damascus gate.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reports 163 injuries in Al Aqsa mosque, Sheikh Jarrah and Damascus Gate.

May 8, 2021
May 9, 2021

Occupation forces carry out a detention campaign across Jerusalem. 45 were detained.

Palestinians across Palestine make their way to Al Aqsa mosque for mass protests.

Occupation forces assault Palestinians at one of the gates of Al Aqsa mosque. Iftar meals are banned from entering the mosque.

All entrances of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are closed for the second consecutive day. 

Occupation forces attack and assault Palestinians at Damascus gate in Jerusalem, and in Sheikh Jarrah.
Several are reportedly detained.

May 9, 2021
May 10, 2021

Occupation forces attack worshippers in Al Aqsa mosque during Fajr prayer.

Israeli court postpones hearing on Sheikh Jarrah eviction to the following month.

Settlers march on Jaffa gate, Jerusalem, as part of the preparations to mark the anniversary of occupying the east part of Jerusalem. Palestinian Christian zaffa (pre-wedding party) is done to counter it, using Palestinian national songs.

Occupation forces throw stun grenades at Palestinian youths engaged in settler attacks in the French Hill, Jerusalem.
 
Palestinians break their fast and perform the sunset prayer in Sheikh Jarrah.

Protestors father in Haifa to express solidarity. Occupation forces attack Palestinians, detaining 18.

Protestors gather in Ramallah and Nazareth to express solidarity.

Occupation forces assault protestors in Sheikh Jarrah, while firing sound grenades and rubber bullets. 

Dozens of protestors gather in the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque.

Israeli occupation forces storm Al Aqsa mosque, shooting stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets.

Worshippers are attacked by occupation forces. Dozens are injured, and medics are banned from entry, forcing Palestinians to evacuate their fellow protestors from the courtyards.

A number of Palestinians are detained. 
Settlers gather at the gates of the mosque, preparing to break in. Some try to break down one of the doors. 

The Red Crescent states that nearly 80 have been hospitalized, with around 270 injuries in total.

Occupation forces assault Palestinians at Damascus gate.
Palestinian resistance factions launch rockets into Israeli settlements surrounding Gaza and Jerusalem. Sirens sound in Jerusalem.

Israeli carry counter airstrikes on Gaza, targeting two residential buildings in Al Shatea refugee camp in West Gaza. 26 Palestinians, including nine children, are killed, with more than 120 injured. 

Occupation forces attack worshippers in Al Aqsa.
Protestors gather in Nazareth, Hebron and Lod to express solidarity with Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah. A young man is shot dead by occupation forces in Lod.

May 10, 2021
May 11, 2021

Israeli airstrikes resume on Gaza in the morning. 

A funeral is conducted in Gaza for the martyrs of the previous day’s attacks.

Peaceful protestors gather in Ben Gurion University in the occupied Al Naqab. They are assaulted by security guards and occupation forces. 

Two Palestinians are shot and killed by occupation forces at Za’rara military checkpoint in Southern Nablus. 

A funeral is carried out for Musa Hassouna, the young man shot dead in Lod the previous night. Occupation forces carry out an aggravated attack.

Israelis carry out an airstrike on a residential building in Gaza, completely destroying it. The building was previously evacuated.

Protestors gather in Haifa, leading occupation forces to carry out another attack. A girl is detained. 

Protestors gather in Akka, where occupation forces attack once again.

Protestors gather in Hebron, where occupation forces carried out another attack.

Occupation forces spray skunk water at buildings and stores in Sultan Suleiman street, Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers storm Al Aqsa to attack worshippers in the courtyards, in addition to carrying out an attack at Damascus Gate.

Israelis carry out airstrike on residential building in Gaza, leading to a number of Palestinian deaths.

May 11, 2021
May 12, 2021

Israeli warplanes bomb Khan Younes, Gaza. Residential buildings and UNRWA offices sustain damage. Palestinians forced to evacuate neighborhood.

Civilian car in Gaza is bombed. Five Palestinians are killed. An eyewitness reports that one of the martyrs, a woman, was killed while purchasing fish for eid the following day.

Occupation forces shoot a Palestinian young man at the Shuhada Street military checkpoint in Hebron, then evacuate him. Clashes break out in the night.

Settlers attack a mosque in Lod on the final day of Ramadan, and Palestinians gather to defend it.

Settlers attack Palestinian-owned shops in Beit Yam, the 1948-occupied Palestinian lands. Settlers also go around the houses of Palestinian, marking their doors so as to differentiate them from Israelis. Outrage sparks on social media; many recall when the tactic was deployed in Nazi Germany during the second world war.

Settlers attack a Palestinian car in the occupied city of Tiberias, chanting “death for Arabs.” Many lynch Palestinians on the streets. One video shows a group of settlers brutally beating a man they believed to be Palestinian until he is unconscious, then resume punching him in the face.

Occupation forces attack a peaceful protest in Dabboureyah in the 1948-occupied Palestinian lands.

Israeli forces confiscate the loudspeakers from youth and activists in Sheikh Jarrah. Activists Mohammad and Muna el Kurd are detained and then released.

Israeli airstrikes resume on Gaza, destroying multiple residential towers and office buildings. Civil defense forces rescue a family buried in the rubble of a bombed residential building; a mother and her daughter are rescued.

Palestinian Ministry of Health declares death toll 67, including 16 children and 6 women. 388 are wounded, 115 of which are children.

May 12, 2021
May 13, 2021

Palestinians gather for the first day of Eid el Fitr at Al Aqsa mosque.

Occupation forces brutally assault and attempt to detain a young man in the 1948 occupied town of Kufr Qassim.

Israeli airstrikes continue on Gaza in the morning, destroying multiple buildings. The Al Breej refugee camp is heavily hit; a house is bombed. Palestinians evacuate the bodies of those murdered.

Airstrikes resume in Gaza throughout the day. Israeli warplanes continue to bomb Rafah, in the Southern Gaza strip. Images emerge of Palestinian citizens sitting on the rubble of their homes.

Ayman Abu Aram is detained at a checkpoint near Hebron.
Occupation forces raid a home in Issawiya village, and detain two Palestinian girls.

Settlers resume their attack on Palestinians in the occupied city of Lod.

Occupation forces conduct a large-scale detention campaign in the occupied city of Haifa. They detain two Palestinian young men. Palestinians gather to protect their homes as occupation forces attack.

Palestinian factions located in a refugee camp near Tyre, Southern Lebanon fire three rockets into Israeli territory. The rockets land in the ocean, causing no casualties. Hezboallah declares that they had nothing to do with the incident.

Occupation Defense Minister Benny Gantz holds meeting with Facebook and TikTok executives over Zoom, calling upon them to commit to “removing from their social media sites content which incites to violence or spreads disinformation” in an attempt to halt the spread of pro-Palestinian content. Social media users had begun to notice that their posts were getting less interactions than usual in the past few days as a result of the platforms’ algorithms.

Settlers and occupation forces enter Sheikh Jarrah. Writer, Mohammed el Kurd, tweets tht occupation forces are terrorizing citizens. He later reports sound bombs.

During the night time, a massive bombardment is carried out on Gaza. Families in the Beit Hanoun area leave their homes due to heavy shelling. More than 100 airstrikes fall down in minutes. Occupation forces use white phosphorous bombs, which are internationally banned. Several videos emerge of terrified families, incapable of reaching safety due to lack of bomb shelters in Gaza. Electricity is cut off, people begin to pack their belongings, many flee their homes. Some report losing contact with their families in Gaza. Occupation forces target main roads, residential neighborhoods, mobile and landline networks. Ambulances are incapable of reaching those in need. This resumes into the early hours of the morning.

Reports circulate of a ground bombardment, but this is disproved. Occupation forces enter Gaza, but do not carry out a bombardment.

May 13, 2021
May 14, 2021

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports 115 killed in Gaza over the last three days, including 27 children. Around 600 are injured.

Videos emerge showing the densely populated area of Beit Hanoun in utter destruction.

Occupation forces murder a young man near the border in Ramallah.

Settlers attack a cemetery in the occupied city of Lod. They go about breaking tombs and spray-painting racist slogans.
A funeral is held for children that were killed in the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Thousands of Jordanians flock to the border with occupied Palestine. Some succeed in crossing over. Jordanian Security Forces fire gas bombs.

Some Lebanese protestors gather at the border with occupied Palestine. Some succeed in crossing over. Two are shot by occupation forces, including 21-year-old Mohammad Tahan. He later dies of his wounds in Marjayoun General Hospital.

Lebanese Security Forces detain a number of Palestinian refugees who had protested earlier in the day at the border.
Occupation forces attack protestors in a demonstration in Hebron.

Palestinian protestors gather in Nilin Village, west of Ramallah. They use fireworks to fight back against occupation forces.
Occupation forces shoot and kill seven Palestinians during the protests in the occupied West Bank. More than 120 are injured.

Occupation forces fire skunk water at protestors in Sheikh Jarrah. Settlers open fire at the homes of Palestinians.
Occupation forces attack Palestinians in the town of Kufr Kanna in the 1948-occupied territories.

Occupation forces fire tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians in the village of Silwan in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Occupation forces use live ammunition against protestors in Alluban, near Nablus.

Israeli warplanes resume attacks on Gaza. The Ansar Governmental Complex and The Production Bank are hit in West Gaza. Homes to the east of Beit Lahya, northern Gaza strip, are also hit.

Two Palestinian children are injured after Israeli settlers attacked their home using molotov cocktails in Al Ajami, Jaffa.
The number of martyrs rises to 130, in the past three days alone.

May 14, 2021
May 15, 2021

The Abu Hatab family, consisting of seven people, is entirely massacred in the Al Shatea refugee camp, Gaza by Israeli airstrikes. Only one baby survives the attack.

Images emerge of murdered children under the rubble in Gaza. At 10:30 AM, the number of martyrs is 10, including eight children. Mohammad Hadidi, one of the victims of the airstrikes, lost his wife and four children.

Airstrikes resume on Gaza.

Settlers attack Palestinian homes in Tal Rumaida and Shuhada Street in Hebron.

Israel destroys the Al Jalaa tower, which contains multiple homes and the offices of renowned media organizations such as Al Jazeera and the Associated Press (AP). Members of the press were given around an hour to evacuate, which many cited was not enough time to collect all gear and equipment. This is internationally considered a war crime, prompting the heads of Al Jazeera and AP to release condemning statements.

Thousands gather across the world to demonstrate for solidarity with Palestine. Huge protests take place in London, Berlin, across the United States, and others. Despite Emmanuel Macron’s ban on pro-Palestine protests in fear of “inciting violence”, many took to the streets of Paris for a march. Police feared tear gas to disperse the crowd.

American President Joe Biden reasserts “Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza.” There is no mention of the occupation’s brutal attack on Gaza during the last few days, the multiple deaths or human rights violations in what is clearly an aggravated attack and genocidal project.

Israeli drone targets a civilian car in Sheikh Ridwan city, Gaza. A 27-year-old man is murdered as a result.

Many gather in front of the occupation court in Haifa to protest the detention of several protestors during the past few days.

Protestors gather in Sheikh Jarrah for a peaceful demonstration. Activist Mohammed el Kurd reports that they were painting murals and flying balloons when occupation forces began to assault people. He tweeted “There’s no reason for them to be shoving kids, gassing parents, breaking gates. No reason for them to be howling like animals.” Videos and pictures emerge of women being assaulted by the occupation forces.

Heavy airstrikes continue on Gaza during the nighttime. Many activists and writers in Gaza tweet their fear that they will not make it through the night. Full buildings are destroyed, prompting rescue crews to pull people out from under the rubble. Some are rescued, but many die.

May 15, 2021
May 16, 2021

At 12 PM, the total death toll in Gaza reaches 181, including 52 children, 31 women and 1225 injuries. Dr. Moeen Alaloul, one the few neurologists in Gaza, is killed along with 33 members of his extended family, including his five children. Other notable figures killed in the airstrikes are: Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ouf, head of coronavirus response at Gaza’s biggest hospital, and Rajaa Abu El-Ouf, a psychologist and social worker, along with her children. Videos emerge of young girls terrified of leading a life in Gaza. Anas al-Yajzi, another Palestinian citizen lost his fiancee during airstrikes.

In the past 9 days, occupation forces have killed 21 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians begin protests in Al Berih city. Occupation forces deploy bulldozers to disperse the crowd, which the Palestinian youth then counter using molotov cocktails.

A funeral is held for the murdered children of Al-Remal, Gaza.
Videos from within Gaza show decimated neighborhoods, and main roads containing large craters as occupation forces target residential buildings and infrastructure.

Occupation forces shoot a young Palestinian man at the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah, under the pretext that he had attempted to run over Israeli soldiers. During the night-time, activist and writer Mohammed el Kurd reports that occupation forces had begun erecting concrete walls at the entrance of the neighborhood.

Occupation forces brutally assault a Palestinian young man at the entrance of Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.

Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justifies the attack on the Al Jalaa tower, a residential building and home to multiple media organizations as “perfectly legitimate.” He also states that the Gaza “mission will take time.” There is no mention of when the occupation intends to stop carpet bombing the area.

A protest breaks out in Bethlehem. Occupation forces use live ammunition and tear gas tio disperse protestors at the Northern entrance of the city.

A settler opens fire at Palestinian homes in Tal Dabweh, Hebron.

Heavy airstrikes continue on Gaza, well into the early hours of the morning.

May 16, 2021
May 17, 2021

Death toll in Gaza reaches 198, including 58 children and 35 women. There are 1,300 injuries.

Occupation forces continue bombing residential buildings in Gaza. The only COVID-19 testing center is destroyed.

Videos emerge showing severe damage to the infrastructure of the area, in addition to the heavy demolishment of homes. Several children are rescued from underneath the rubble.

Pro-Palestine solidarity protests resume around the world. In Toronto specifically, a well-known extremist league identified as the Jewish Defence League (JDL) initiates violence at a pro-Palestine rally at Toronto city hall.

Occupation forces shoot at a Palestinian car in Nablus, near the Huwara military checkpoint, built illegally on Palestinian ground. The reason behind the shooting was a car accident, caused deliberately when the military vehicle raided the road.

The Al Arroub refugee camp in Hebron holds a funeral for 19-year-old Obaida Jawabra, who was shot in the chest by occupation forces.

Heavy missile strikes resume on the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Gaza city.

Palestinians call for a general strike across occupied Palestine on May 18; the goal of the strike is to cripple the Israeli economy, which relies heavily on Palestinian labour. Citizens across the world are urged to participate in order to pressure international governments into taking action.

Bosnia and Herzegovina come out in support of Palestinians, condemning Israel for its ongoing airstrikes.

The United States, under the Biden administration, blocks request for cease-fire in UN Security Council. Biden also simultaneously approves a $735 million weapons sale to Israel.

May 17, 2021
May 18, 2021

Death toll in Gaza reaches 213 including 61 children and 36 women. There are 1,442 injuries.

Cities across occupied Palestine participated in the general strike. Many businesses shut their doors, and Palestinians took to the streets to protest in Jerusalem (Damascus Gate), Ramallah, Nazareth, Nablus, West Bank, and Haifa.

Occupation forces shoot and kill 16-year-old Islam Burnat, a Palestinian child, during the protest in Ramallah.

Occupation forces shoot and kill 17-year-old Muhammad Youssuf Kiwan in Umm al-Fahm.

Pro-Palestine protests take place across the world, including in Berlin, Detroit, and Beirut, as citizens across the world stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Occupation forces shoot and kill 29-year-old Montaser Jawabreh in Jenin.

Occupation forces shoot 15-year-old Jana Kiswani in her spine with a rubber coated steal bullet in her house in Sheikh Jarrah. Her father is also shot in his leg, and a stun grenade is thrown into the house. She has suffered severe fractures in her spine and severe bruising in her lungs.

Lebanese and Palestinians gather at the Southern Lebanon border with occupied Palestine to protest the ongoing violence on Gaza. Some throw rocks and others succeed in crossing over into occupied land, and occupation forces fire tear gas to disperse the protestors and force them to retreat. Five are reportedly injured.

Airstrikes resume on Gaza. Occupation forces wiped out the areas only COVID-19 testing center, six hospitals, NGO trauma clinics, at least 40 schools, Gaza’s largest bookshop and publishing house, media towers, power plants, alongside 300+ homes. Gaza does not contain any bomb shelters, and schools were being used as a safe hideout for those who have been violently displaced by the airstrikes.

Occupation forces assault and detain some Palestinians in the Jerusalem protest. Outrage breaks on social media as photographer Latifeh Abdellatif is assaulted by soldiers who attempt to take her hijab off.

Occupation forces harass and assault CNN journalists in Gaza. Sky News Middle East correspondent Mark Stone reports experiencing the same harassment all this week.

Mohammed el Kurd reports numerous sound bombs in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Police surround the neighborhood, blocking entrances and exits.

Airstrikes resume on Gaza throughout the night. Residential buildings continue to be destroyed.

May 18, 2021
May 19, 2021

Death toll in Gaza reaches 219, including 63 children and 36 women. There are 1,530 injuries.

Mohammed el Kurd reports that occupation forces killed a prominent journalist, Yousef Abu Hussein in Gaza, by bombing his home, blocked humanitarian aid into the strip, and targeted medics with bullets.

A funeral is held for Yusef Abu Hussein in Gaza. He leaves behind an orphaned son.

A funeral is held for Islam Burnat in Bilin village.
Israeli airstrikes continue on Gaza, with a number of shells and missiles fired at residential buildings and the beach.

A Palestinian woman is shot and killed by occupation forces at the entrance of the Qiryat settlment, in the center of Hebron. Occupation forces then discarded a gun near her body in an attempt to frame her as the perpetrator.

US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez states her intention to introduce a bill that blocks President Biden’s sale of weapons to Israel.

Jewish employees at Google attempt to overturn bias towards Israelis by requesting that Google take practical steps towards funding relief for Palestinians.

Palestinians protest at the northern entrance of Al Berih city. Protestors use slingshots to fire back tear gas cannisters at occupation forces.

Palestine’s Head of Mental Health Services, Dr. Samah Jabr, states that PTSD is non-existent for Gazans, as they are chronically exposed to traumatic events. Trauma is constant and relentless, meaning there is no time for a post-traumatic state of mind.

Gazans sleep under airstrikes for the 11th day in a row.

May 19, 2021
May 20, 2021

232 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing aggression against Gaza. Israel has so far killed some of Gaza’s most essential workers, bombed over 500 homes, aggressively displaced 72,000 Palestinians, destroyed a number of buildings including a Doctors Without Borders medical clinic, the PCRF office, the Ministry of Health building, the only COVID-19 testing lab, at least 40 schools as per the UN, and roads leading up to hospitals, therefore blocking ambulance access. 33 media organizations were destroyed, one news broadcaster was killed in his home, and 170 journalists were injured.

There is an estimated 76 percent electricity deficit as a result of the targeted attacks on infrastructure.

Occupation forces continue to heavily bomb and shell Gaza.
A funeral is held for 11-year-old Dima Asaliyyah, who died as her house was bombed in the Jabalia camp, northern Gaza.
A funeral is held for Muhammad Youssuf Kiwan, who was shot and killed in Umm al-Fahm.

Occupation forces detain and beat Yousef Al Ghoul in Jerusalem.

Occupation forces and Palestinian resistance factions agree on a joint ceasefire to be monitored by Egypt, effective as of 2 A.M. on Friday. The 11-day attack on Gaza has resulted in the death of 232 Palestinians, in addition to the displacement of 90,000.

The declaration of the ceasefire does not resolve the issue of forced explosions in Sheikh Jarrah, nor does it bring an end to Israel’s blockade, constant attacks, apartheid and systemic racism.

Palestinians flock to the streets in celebration of the end of attacks in Gaza.

May 20, 2021
May 21, 2021

The latest update of the Palestinian Ministry of Health shows the overall death toll at 248, including 66 children. There are 1,948 injuries.

Associated Press correspondent Emily Wilder is fired after assuming a pro-Palestine stance by calling out the association’s bias.

Palestinians gather at Al Aqsa mosque during the early hours of the morning to celebrate Gaza’s victory and resilience. Many distribute sweets to commemorate the occasion. Many gather at the mosque later on in the day for Friday prayers.
Occupation forces attack worshippers in the courtyard, firing steel coated bullets, sound grenades, and tear gas. Some are detained.

In response to the attacks on worshippers in Al Aqsa mosque, many take to protest at Al Aqsa.

Gazans return to their destroyed homes. Some are seen trying to salvage belongings in the rubble.

Protestors gather at the entrance of Al Bireh city.

Muna el Kurd reports a peaceful night in the Sheikh Jarrah, except for one incident where she was asked for her identification documents.

Calls for a solidarity protest on May 22 in Sheikh Jarrah are circulated on social media.

Following the ceasefire in Gaza, drones continue to hover intensely over the area during the nighttime. The bombing may have ended, but Gazans fear that peace is not yet restored as Israel has had a track record of violating ceasefires in the past.

May 21, 2021
May 22, 2021

Palestinians gather in Hebron to protest. Occupation forces shoot rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas at protestors.

Palestinians gather to protest in Kufr Qaddom village. Occupation forces burn tires between the houses in an attempt to stop them.

Palestinians gather to protest in Al Berih city. Occupation forces use drones to drop tear gas.

Palestinians gather in Sheikh Jarrah to protest the barricading of the neighborhood and the blocking of its entrances. Occupation forces attack protestors using skunk water and tear gas.

Settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque under the protection of occupation forces. Occupation forces then detained the guard of the mosque, Fady Elyan, alongside a number of others while forcing many to leave the premises.

Occupation forces assault a young man in the old city of Jerusalem.

A mass protest of around 180,000 attendees takes place in London, UK. This is the largest pro-Palestine protest in the country’s history.

Mohammed el Kurd’s home in Sheikh Jarrah is invaded by occupation forces, and a visitor is assaulted. Activist Muna el Kurd states that Sheikh Jarrah has been blocked and closed for 15 days, with no allies allowed in. Residents are continuously asked for IDs.

Gazans have no access to electricity, and the majority of the area lies in ruins.

May 22, 2021
May 23, 2021

Israeli mock raid in the sea of Gaza causes a sound of a large explosion. Warplanes fly in the air. Gazans express fear and terror.

Volunteers in Gaza take to the streets to clean the town, removing debris and rubble from their neighborhoods. Gazans vow to rebuild their city.

Occupation forces resume their attack on Al Aqsa mosque. Soldiers are shown to kneel on the neck of one of the guards, a technique popularized after the killing of George Floyd in America, before detaining him.

The New York Times comes under fire for printing an ad condemning celebrities Dua Lipa and Bella and Gigi Hadid for “supporting Hamas,” although they never assumed such a stance. The three were vocally supportive of Palestine since the start of the Sheikh Jarrah evictions earlier this month.

Israel declares its intent to arrest 500 Palestinians with the Israeli citizenship within the next 48 hours. Occupation forces spread massively over the occupied city of Lydd in order to initiate the arrest rampage.

Gaza remains under blockade, with all crossings closed and electricity cut off.

May 23, 2021
May 24, 2021

125 settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque with the protection of occupation forces.

During a large detention campaign across the occupied city of Jerusalem, 26 Palestinians are detained by occupation forces.

Occupation forces resume their detention campaign across the West Bank.

An Israeli settler defaces and wipes out murals painted by Palestinians and residents of Sheikh Jarrah.

Occupation forces release detained Shadi Kharouf on conditions of home detention, deportation from Al Aqsa mosque for 6 months in addition to a $7,500 fine. He was detained at Damascus Gate on May 18, 2021.

Occupation forces detain a 10-year-old child for throwing stones in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem.

The remote village of Um Al-Nasr in northern Gaza is hit by artillery shells, killing five people and wounding twenty five.

Israel plans to forcibly displace the residents of Silwan village in occupied Jerusalem. The village contains 1550 Palestinians across 100 homes, 63 percent of which are under the age of 18. Occupation forces broke into the village’s solidarity tent while residents held a vigil to protest the eviction plans.

The school year will end early in Gaza, as 40 schools have been demolished and the rest are being used to house the homes demolished in the 11-day attack.

May 24, 2021
May 25, 2021

Occupation forces shoot and kill Ahmad Al Fahad in Umm Al Sharayet neighbourhood, south of Al Berih city. A funeral is held for him in the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque under the protection of occupation forces.

A young man is brutally beaten before being detained in the old city of Jerusalem.

The occupation’s municipality in Jerusalem wipes out the murals painted on the walls of Sheikh Jarrah.

According to activist Mohammed el Kurd, occupation authorities have so far detained 2,000 Palestinians since April through a mass incarceration campaign. They have been detained at protests, public spaces, and even inside their homes. The violence against them is unprecedented.

May 25, 2021
May 26, 2021

The Palestinian Health Ministry declares the updated list of martyrs to be at 252, due to a rise in death count as a result of severe injuries. According to their latest report, 19 families were entirely wiped off the civil registry after Israel’s 11-day attack.

A group of activists leads a protest against the imminent expulsion of 86 families in Silwan.

Ramallah holds a protest in solidarity with Silwan.

As per a Palestinian source to @eye.on.palestine, 2,650 Palestinians were arrested lately from both the West Bank and inside the green line. This campaign of arrests came in response to the recent protests.

Residents of Gaza return to their demolished homes and streets. Some are pictured laying tents out for shelter during the night.

May 26, 2021
May 27, 2021

The Palestinian Ministry of Health updates the death toll to 254 in Gaza.

The residents of Sheikh Jarrah repaint the walls of the neighborhood with murals that state that the streets and neighborhood are theirs.

At 10 AM, the Israeli government’s Central Court in Jerusalem is set to review an appeal by Palestinian families against their forced displacement from the Batn il-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan. The residents of the neighborhood hold a vigil in front of the occupation’s court, where they are assaulted by occupation forces. A young boy is detained. The court postpones its hearing. The occupation municipality begins to hand out demolition orders regardless.

At least 15 Palestinians are detained by occupation forces during a detention campaign in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque under the protection of occupation forces.

Occupation forces detain Palestinian journalist Zaina Halwani and photojournalist Wahbi Makkia after assaulting them in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

Occupation forces assault activists, journalists and residents of Sheikh Jarrah after flying a kite with the Palestinian flag on it.

Settlers assault a young Palestinian man near Haifa.

May 27, 2021
May 28, 2021

Settlers chase Palestinians in the town of Al Tur in the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the protection of occupation forces.

Kuwait’s National Assembly condemns Israel’s acts of aggression against Palestinians, and unanimously approves legislations on boycott of Israel, banning the normalization of ties.

Occupation court extends the arrest of Palestinian journalist Zaina and photojournalist Wahbi Makkia for five additional days.

Occiupation forces detain Palestinian national songs artist Moen Al Asam after singing a song in commemoration of Gaza.

Palestinians set fire to an Israeli outpost near Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

Occupation forces kill a Palestinian young man and injure more than 20 during a protest against the establishment of an illegal Israeli outpost in Baita village, south of Nablus city.

The New York Times publishes a front cover showing the faces and names of the martyred Palestinian children as a result of Israeli aggression in Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians flock to the beach in Gaza, the only available place for recreation in the besieged strip.

May 28, 2021
May 29, 2021

Palestinians confront settlers who came to seize their lands in the village of Nillin, west of Ramallah. 10 are injured.

A funeral is held for 28-year-old Zakaria Hamayel, who was killed by occupation forces during a protest against settlement expansion in Baita, in the West Bank.

Israel plans “Plan 6036” to destroy the village of Lifta. Lifta is a depopulated village whose population was forcibly expelled during the 1948 Nakba. Plan 6036 aims to demolish the area’s village structures, landscapes and environment, erasing all cultural Palestinian heritage from the area.

Occupation forces detain a Palestinian young man after beating him in Al Rasheed St. in Jerusalem.

Occupation forces oppress Palestinian protestors at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Baraa Salaymeh is detained from Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, under the claim that she stole the occupation forces’ camera.

Thousands of protestors gather in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC to express solidarity with Palestine.

May 29, 2021
May 30, 2021

Occupation court sentences student Ruba Assi at Birzeit University to 21 months of prison.

Occupation forces run over a Palestinian child and detain him in Ras Al Amoud, Silwan, for the raising the Palestinian flag on his bicycle.

May 30, 2021
May 31, 2019

New information reveals that occupation Prime Minister Netanyahu sought to disable social media during the aggression on Gaza.

At the end of this month, it is estimated that 5,300 Palestinian prisoners are held in occupation jails.

May 31, 2019
June 1, 2021

Occupation forces resume the detention campaign against Palestinians in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories.

Simon Cowell pulls out as judge on Israel’s X-Factor.

Occupation forces confiscate and demolish tents and homes near Zeef, South Hebron. Fifteen people lose their homes.

Occupation forces detain a number of Palestinian school students at Shufat Military checkpoint in Jerusalem.

Occupation court releases Zaina Halwani and Wahbi Makkia on condition of home detention.

Occupation court extends the arrest of Palestinian child Mohammed Salaymeh, who is just 15 years old, to 10 days.

Occupation forces detain Alaa Dayeh for documenting Israeli aggression on a Palestinian child at Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.

June 1, 2021
June 2, 2021

At least 15 Palestinians are detained after their homes are raided in Kufr Kanna (1948-occupied territories).

Occupation forces closed a main street in occupied Jerusalem and called on additional forces after sighting a Palestinian woman wearing the Niqab. They search her bag, and although she pleaded that she is hiding nothing under her clothing, soldiers still pointed their guns at her.

Occupation municipality of Jerusalem break into Silwan to wipe graffiti paintings made by the residents of the village and other Palestinians.

Occupation forces detain two Palestinian young men and assault one of them in Sheikh Jarrah.

Settlers burn more than 50 hay bales for the people of the Tuba village, south of Hebron hills.

Occupation forces detain 19 Palestinians during night raids in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

June 2, 2021
June 3, 2021

Palestinian Fadi Washaha, 34, dies of his wounds, which he sustained during a protest at the northern entrance of Al Berih city around two weeks ago. His mother bids him farewell in the hospital, surrounded by massive support. Students at Birzeit University carry the martyr’s body during his farewell at the university.

Occupation forces detain three Palestinians and injure others during a raid on the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.

Settlers organize a provocative march in Lydd.

Israel prevents cancer patients from leaving Gaza for treatment in Jerusalem since the start of its latest military offensive on the besieged area.

Occupation forces detain five Palestinians and assault several others at Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.

Occupation forces detain and assault Mohammad Rajabi and Rami Masalmeh from the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan. They are released after midnight.

Settlers attack Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.

June 3, 2021
June 4, 2021

Occupation soldiers and settlers brutally beat a young man from the Jaber family following an attack by settlers on the residents of the Jaber neighborhood, Hebron.

June 4, 2021
June 5, 2021

Occupation forces attack Palestinian protestors with tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets during a peaceful protest against illegal Israeli settlements in Beita, near Nablus. At least 10 Palestinians are injured.

A solidarity tent is erected in Silwan village, where Palestinians are protesting against the occupation’s plan to forcibly displace hundreds of families from their homes. Around 7, 850 people take part in a solidarity marathon in Jerusalem to raise awareness around the cause of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. Occupation forces storm the tent and assault the residents, Palestinians celebrate regardless. Occupation forces attack again, demolishing the tent.

Occupation forces fire tear gas canisters at homes in Silwan village.

Occupation forces detain 2 Palestinian children near Al Magharbeh gate in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Occupation soldiers brutally assault a Palestinian young man in Bab Al Zawiya, Hebron.

Occupation forces shoot two Palestinians with live ammunition during a protest against the apartheid wall in Nillin, west of Ramallah.

Palestinian youth gather to redraw the Palestinian murals in the city of Nazareth.

A protest is held in Sheikh Jarrah in the anniversary of Naksa and the martyrdom of Omar Al Qasim. Occupation forces evacuate protestors from Sheikh Jarrah, and harass the residents to force them to leave. They then assault journalists and brutally arrest a young man. Al Jazeera journalist Guivara Budeiri is arrested and her staff’s cameras are destroyed. She is later on released on condition of not entering Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days.

Activist Muna el Kurd documents an occupation soldier taking orders from an Israeli settler in Sheikh Jarrah.

June 5, 2021
June 6, 2021

Young Omar Tamimi is shot in the head by occupation forces in Nabi Saleh village.

Occupation forces detain Muna el Kurd after raiding her home in Sheikh Jarrah. They search for her brother, Mohammed el Kurd, and summon him for interrogation. Mohammed then hands himself over to occupation forces. Many gather around the station to protest the arrests, and occupation forces assault a number of Palestinians.

Muna el Kurd is transferred from Salaheddine police station to Al Maskuneih interrogation and detention center, without being informed that she has been released. Her brother, Mohammed, is released a few hours later. Their father, Nabil el Kurd, welcomes them both back to their home in Sheikh Jarrah.

June 6, 2021
June 7, 2021

Occupation forces detain 17 Palestinians during night raids in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Settlers break into Al Aqsa mosque under the protection of occupation forces.

Mohannad Bashir self demolishes his home in Jabal Al Mukabbir town, occupied Jerusalem, following an order by the occupation municipality under the pretense of building without a permit.

Lifta village catches fire.

Occupation forces assault Palestinian girls at Damascus gate, Jerusalem.

Occupation municipality distributes demolition orders in Silwan, asking residents to leave their homes within 21 days.

June 7, 2021
June 8, 2021

The occupation releases Jordanian prisoner Abdullah Abu Jaber after serving a prison sentence of 20 years.

Occupation forces alongside the Israeli Civil Administration demolished living house in AlRakeez and an agricultural room in Atwanih village, affecting Palestinians living to the south of the Hebron hills.

Occupation forces tour Al-Bustan and Batn Al-Hawa, both of which are under the threat of demolition and eviction.

Occupation forces target an ambulance with tear gas while medics provide medical treatment for injured people in Beta, near Nablus.

Occupation forces detain young Yazan Kash’am after summoning him for interrogation.

The Israeli ambassador to the United States claims that Hamas tried to disrupt Israel’s iron dome from the Gaza building housing media outlets as a justification for the airstrike that demolished the building. The AP finds no evidence to support this claim.

June 8, 2021
June 9, 2021

Occupation authorities demolish a park in Ein Mahil, in 1948-occupied Palestine under the pretext of building without permit.

Occupation authorities demolish a Palestinian home in Wadi Al Khalil, in the occupied Al Naqab.

Settlers march in the old city of Jerusalem. They detain and body search a Palestinian young man and his son. Another man is detained for shouting “allahu akbar” (God is great).

Occupation forces destroy and block all the roads of Masafar Yatta, blocking and demolishing agricultural and main roads connecting more than 17 villages. The water network as also cut off.

Occupation forces raided Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank. Two members of the Palestinian security forces and a young man were shot dead.

June 9, 2021
June 10, 2021

Occupation forces brutally detain Palestinian young men, Basil Dwaik and Netham Abu Ramouz, in front of the occupation court in Jerusalem. Another young man, Laith Ghaith, is detained after being assaulted in the old city of Jerusalem.

A farewell is held for Adham Elaiwi, one of the young men brutally killed by occupation forces in the raid on Jenin last night.

Occupation forces detain a number of Palestinian young men at Damascus Gate, while securing entry for settlers and Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir. They then sprayed skunk water on Palestinians in the area, and assaulted a number of Palestinians during the sunset prayer. A total of seven Palestinians were detained, and 13 were injured.

Videos emerge of Israeli jailers assaulting Palestinian prisoners in the notorious desert prison of Negev on March 24, 2019. The videos show 55 shackled Palestinian prisoners brutally assaulted.

June 10, 2021
June 11, 2021

Occupation forces extend the arrest three Palestinians, including the child Mohammed Fakhuri, until Sunday. Fakhuri was arrested last night in the attacks on Damascus gate.

Occupation forces detain a number of Palestinian children at Lion’s Gate, Jerusalem.

Protests are held against settlement in the town of Beita, occupied Nablus. A number of Palestinians are injured. One fifteen year old child, Mohammed Hamayel, is shot and killed.

A Palestinian girl is stopped at Damascus Gate, Jerusalem for wearing a Palestine flag shirt.

Images emerge of occupation soldiers helping build illegal outposts in the West Bank.

A young man is brutally assaulted by occupation soldiers at the Shufat military checkpoint in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Undercover forces brutally beat a Palestinian young man while detaining him in Al Tur town, Jerusalem.

June 11, 2021
June 12, 2021

A settler attacks a Palestinian family inside its car with pepper gas, Jerusalem.

Occupation forces release two children, Mohammad and Adam Abbasi on condition of home detention for five days and deportation from the old city of Jerusalem for fifteen days, in addition to a fine of 300 NIS (around $92).

Occupation forces shoot a Palestinian young girl at Qalandia military checkpoint, northern Jerusalem.

A protest is held in Silwan village against the Israeli order to demolish and forcibly displace dozens of families from their homes.

Occupation forces detain three Palestinian children from a playground in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem.

A Palestinian flag is painted on each door of the houses in Lifta village, along with the phrase “we will return.” The flags were painted in a specific position, a specific place on the side of the doors, with a specific symbol above them in a reference to the Jewish “mezuzah”, an ancient tradition of Jewish people who put a special box with a sacred scroll inside it on the sides of the doors of their houses. This practice is meant to protect the home and anyone living it or staying in it.

June 12, 2021
June 13, 2021

Occupation forces extend the arrest of Palestinian child Mohammed Fakhuri till June 14. Later on in the day, he is released under the condition of home detention for two days, in addition to a fine of 500 NIS (around $154) and the signing of a fine of 6,000 NIS (around $1851). Fakhuri is also banned from taking part in protests till the end of this month.

Occupation forces confiscate the tents for Palestinian families in a bedouin community near the village of Taibe, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

New occupation Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his government will back settlement construction in all areas of the occupied West Bank, including areas classified as C areas.

June 13, 2021
June 14, 2021

Occupation forces storm Jaba’ village, Jenin. Palestinian youth retaliate by throwing stones.

Occupation forces summon a number of Palestinians for interrogation in the occupation municipality, Jerusalem, under the claim that these people did not implement the demolishment order of destroying their own homes in Al Bustan, Silwan. These homes were built decades ago.

Occupation forces demolish a number of commercial facilities in Deir Sharaf, west of Nablus.

Reports emerge of Zara CEO sending Palestinian model Qaher Harhash a hateful message. Thousands across the globe call for boycotting the brand and its subsidiaries.

Occupation forces detain a Palestinian young man after being assaulted by settlers in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

June 14, 2021
June 15, 2021

Occupation forces place metal barriers at Damascus Gate, Jerusalem during the settlers’ march of the flags. Around 2,000 officers were deployed by the occupation police to secure the march. Settlers, under the protection of the police, perform provocative tours of Al-Aqsa mosque. Palestinians are attacked at Damascus gate, and many others are detained.

June 15, 2021
June 16, 2021

At around 1 AM, Israel launches two bombs towards Gaza. This comes in violation of the previously agreed upon ceasefire in May.

June 16, 2021

The Palestinian Ministry of Health regularly updates the list of martyrs in Gaza on its website. You can access it here.


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Lynn is a Beirut-based journalist, and reporter + editor for Beirut Today. She has been an active contributor since 2018, and has written articles on a variety of topics including news, politics, economics, lifestyle and fashion.