Israel is to be condemned for its continued use of disproportionate violence and aggression against the tiny enclave of Gaza. An area which holds a population equivalent to that of the North of Ireland in an geographical location 26 miles by 6 miles comparable with the Ards Peninsula and what has been described as one of the most densely populated areas in the world where 50% of the population are children and unemployment due to the Siege inspired by Israel and America and copper fastened by Egypt.
A Lack of clean drinking water and hospital equipment and a situation whereby drugs and surgical services are scant, and where people die for lack of penicillin where cancer drugs are not available.
Israel also refuses to allow people from the west bank to visit their families in Gaza or in Israel. And what is the reason for the siege? The people of Palestine democratically elected Hamas to represent them and the West and Israel said that’s not acceptable. A democratically elected Government was unacceptable?
On November 8 during a border incursion by Israeli troops and an exchange of fire occurred in which a 13 year old Palestinian boy was killed. The Palestinian’s responded by wounding four Israeli soldiers in a tank attack. Israel responded by killing 2 young boys, both cousins, by shelling a football match and then at the subsequent funeral the killed another two and injured 25. So we see the pattern of escalation.
Bearing in mind Palestine has only light weapons and short range fairly ineffectual rockets these prolonged engagements have a devastating impact on the people, their psychology and the mental well being of the population.
With so many of these escalations falling before Israeli elections there is a real concern that the last several years Israel might be creating the conditions for these conflicts in order for the right wing parties like Likud to dominate the Knesset.
After 8 days of the intense bombing of a densely populated civilian enclave, very much reminiscent of the Warsaw Ghetto under Nazis Siege in 1942, scores have been killed.
In 8 days Israel committed over 1300 bombings from unarmed drones, American supplied F16 fighters, sea borne attacks and tank shelling, they have destroyed huge sections of the infrastructure of Gaza from Civic Buildings to residential homes.
They have murdered 162 men women and children. Less than 10% of whom were combatants. They injured, many seriously, is estimated to be over 1222 human beings.
The Palestinians in Gaza did fire back and did try to protect the sovereignty and integrity of their land. They fired over 1000 rockets of limited capability and killed 5 Israelis ‘with no structural damage inflicted on Israel’s infrastructure except broken glass and a few loose slates and one damaged property.
The bus attack in Tel Aviv injured 15 and is still to be confirmed as to who was responsible.
The apparent disproportionate use of violence and collective punishment are war crimes and those responsible for such should be held accountable.