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Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities


At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes, targeting any civilian who moves, and homes as well.  He just saw a friend of his in a car clearly marked “press” blown away.  And he heard shrieks next door after an explosion but can’t go outside or he’ll be a likely target.  This is a quiet neighborhood, no military targets – except Palestinians who are fair game for Israel’s high tech US-supplied military machine.  He said that 70% of the ambulances have been destroyed, and that by then over 70 had been killed, and of the 300 or so wounded, about 2/3 women and children.  Few Hamas activists have been hit – or rocket launching sites. Just the usual victims.

It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s behavior is “restrained,” in between the regular manufactured crises like this one.  A good sense is given in a report to UNRWA by Mads Gilbert, the courageous and expert Norwegian physician who has worked extensively in Gaza, also throughout the vicious and murderous Cast Lead operation.  In every respect, the situation is disastrous.  Just keeping to children, Gilbert reports: “Palestinian children in Gaza are suffering immensely. A large proportion are affected by the man-made malnourishment regime caused by the Israeli imposed blockage. Prevalence of anaemia in children <2yrs in Gaza is at 72.8%, while prevalence of wasting, stunting, underweight have been documented at 34.3%, 31.4%, 31.45% respectively.” And it gets worse as the report proceeds.

When Israel is on “good behavior,” more than two Palestinian children are killed every week, a pattern that goes back over 14 years.  The underlying cause is the criminal occupation and the programs to reduce Palestinian life to bare survival in Gaza, while Palestinians are restricted to unviable cantons in the West Bank and Israel takes over what it wants, all in gross violation of international law and explicit Security Council resolutions, not to speak of minimal decency.  And it will continue as long as it is supported by Washington and tolerated by Europe – to our everlasting shame.

 

3 Comments

  1. Pol Dubh July 21, 2014 4:33 am 

    This is just a continuation of the Israeli persecution of Palestinians that has been going since before 1947.

  2. Julius-Patrice Johnson July 17, 2014 6:28 am 

    As of Wednesday July 14th 2014:

    226 Palestinians killed
    40 Children killed
    24 Women killed
    >70% Civilian
    1,680 Palestinian injuries

    1 Israeli killed

    Source- Aljazeera English live stream

    The chronology of events in the mainstream corporate media are reflexively distorted. The accurate depiction of the events that have transpired clearly illustrate this. The kidnapping & murder of three Israeli teenagers, was immediately followed by the bombing of one of the “suspects” homes in Gaza, as well as the burning alive murder of a Palestinian teenager from Gaza, by Israelis- military & civilians respectively. It is at that point that rockets were launched from Gaza, towards Israel by Hamas. Israel then began bombing & missile striking with incredible accuracy & overwhelming deadly effect “Hamas” targets within the Gaza Strip- (haphazardly or inadvertently) killing hundreds of innocent Palestinian Women, Children & Men- under siege & occupation, in a US Settler Colonialism style Reservation / open air prison. 1.7 million people densely populated within an area 24 miles long, 8 miles wide. As this tragedy unfolds & the onslaught continues, they can not leave these boundaries. The misery continues… The striking similarities between the dynamic of colonization & North American Indigenous Tribes, with the dynamic of Israel, occupation & the secularization of Palestinians within the territories, is pronounced, as well as instructive, of how intellectuals & the worlds corporate mainstream media, choose to view & document these events & in turn, thus view & document history.

  3. george patterson July 12, 2014 11:47 am 

    What is happening in Gaza is an unspeakable crime, savagery, and outrage! It is a monumental violation of human rights and a travesty of justice! It is an tolerable situation of terrible suffering for the people of Gaza that we just can not ignore and that we must put an end to it.

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