August 31: The 23rd Friday of protests

Shorouq Abu Musameh, who volunteers with other paramedics to treat wounded Palestinians participating in protests at the Israel-Gaza border, is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her head cover in the southern Gaza Strip
Shorouq Abu Musameh: REUTERS/Samar Abo Elouf

Among 15 undergraduate nursing students at her class, Shorouq Abu Musameh decided to volunteer and be with paramedics deployed along the border.

“I wanted to do my part in supporting the marches of return,” said Abu Musameh, her white uniform stained with the blood of the wounded. “I say to myself my uniform may protect me, or maybe not.”

– From an interview with injured medic Shorouq Abu Musameh, shot by a live bullet in her back on Friday, by Reuters in May

On Friday, August 31st, Gazans gathered by the fence for the 23rd Friday in a row to demonstrate for their freedom, their rights and for the right to return. About 2/3 of Gaza’s population are refugees of war or their descendants.

According to the spokesperson for the Gaza ministry of health, at least 240 were injured and at least 2 seriously, including a 10 year old boy. Further proving the deliberate targeting of medical workers during the protests, a Palestinian female paramedic, Shorouq Abu Musameh, was seriously injured by Israeli snipers as she was tending to the wounded. Additionally, an ambulance belonging to the Red Crescent was targeted and damaged.

So far, three health workers have been killed and at least 53 injured while providing first aid to the wounded during the Marches, most while wearing clothing identifying them as medics. Overall, at least 166 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began in March and over 18,000 have been injured.

At the same time, the United States announced the cutting of all funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that assists millions of Palestinian refugees.

Get inspired by the perseverance of Gazans and the Great March of Return and show solidarity with their cause. This is the time to act. Use our site to explore ways to get involved and please contact us at if you have any questions.

The #GreatReturnMarch is a form of popular resistance organized by Palestinian civilians demanding their right to return to their homeland and to break the arbitirary Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Help us in spreading the word so Palestinians can regain their fundamental rights to live in happiness and freedom. Our voices combined will make a difference.

– From the Facebook page of the Great Return March

Sources and further readings:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Al Jaazera
Great Return March Facebook page


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