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Israeli drone strike kills sixth MSF member in Gaza

In the US, pro-Israel lobby groups score victory against Jamaal Bowman
Smoke billows following an Israeli bombing in Gaza City's Shejaiya on 22 June 2024 (Omar al-Qattaa/AFP)
Smoke billows following an Israeli bombing in Gaza City's Shejaiya on 22 June 2024 (Omar al-Qattaa/AFP)

Doctors Without Borders (known by their French acronym MSF) have announced the killing of their sixth staff member in Gaza.

Physiotherapist Fadi al-Wadiya, 33, was killed in an Israeli drone attack near an MSF clinic on Gaza City on Tuesday along with five other people, including three children.

Al-Wadiya was cycling to work at the time of the Israeli strike.

“Nowhere in Gaza is safe,” MSF said in a statement. “Israeli forces have repeatedly attacked health workers and medical facilities, making it nearly impossible for us to continue to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance.”

In response to MSF’s statement, the Israeli army claimed, without providing evidence, that al-Wadiya was a “significant terrorist in Islamic Jihad”.

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MSF called the killing of their colleague “cynical and abhorrent”.

Elsewhere, at least 15 people were killed and others wounded in Israeli air strikes on Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, according to Al Jazeera Arabic. 

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In the US, progressive congressman and Israeli critic Jamaal Bowman lost his primary Democratic race to George Latimer, who received heavy funding and support from pro-Israel lobby groups in New York’s 16th Congressional District.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spent $14m in the district’s primary, making it the most expensive race in the history of the US House of Representatives.

AIPAC is spending a total of $100m in an effort to oust progressive American lawmakers who have been critical of Israel’s war on Gaza.

In his speech conceding defeat, Bowman vowed to keep fighting for his policies, including those related to Palestine.

“We will continue to fight for a free Palestine now, and God help us build a better world where everyone understands when we say ‘Free Palestine,’ it is not antisemitic,” he said.

The lawmaker, who regularly criticises AIPAC, mentioned them again in his speech.

“We should be outraged when a super PAC of dark money can spend $20 million to brainwash people into believing something that isn’t true,” he said. “They spent a record amount of money, the most in US history, to beat this Black man.”

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