Gaza, (Palestine Telegraph) – As Israel continues to pound the Gaza strip, a region no more than 160 square miles in area and home to more than 1.8 million Palestinians, with more than (17) thousand tons of bombs, the death toll exceeds 1400 and more then 8000 injured. The majority of those killed as a result of the vicious bombardment of UN schools, mosques and food markets are children and women.
The children in Gaza have become victim’s of Israel’s policy to collectively punish Palestinians, for Gaza’s refusal to be an obedient and impaired ghetto, which as result instigated an imminent socioeconomic decline. Years of blockade have left 80 per cent of the population dependent on international assistance. The tightened blockade, imposed in June 2007, has decimated lives and livelihoods, resulting in the impoverishment and de-development of a highly skilled and well-educated society. In the past seven or more years, Israel has besieged, tormented, and regularly attacked the Gaza Strip.
Punishing Palestinians for existing has a long history. It was Israel’s policy before Hamas and before Israel turned Gaza into an open-air prison, punching bag and weapons laboratory.
Israel launched its recent attack, operation ‘Protective edge’ six years after operation ‘Cast lead’, an offensive that remains indelibly etched in the minds of all Gazans. For 22 days, Gaza was closed in and relentlessly battered, while the world watched as war crimes were broadcast live on television. At the end of the offensive over 1,400 Palestinians were dead; 82% of them – the overwhelming majority – were innocent civilians. In January 2009, Gaza looked like the scene of a natural disaster. Its people stood numb and in shock.
On Wednesday afternoon, Israel added to decades of war crimes and breaches of international laws, as Israeli fighter jets hit a UN school. United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as ‘a disgrace to the world’ and accused Israel of serious violations of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled. At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when a UN school in Jabalya refugee camp was hit by five shells, during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza.
The latest statistics illustrate that again Israel, with no doubt, perseveres to taunt and massacre civilians, in attempt to reassure the Israeli public and contain public opinion, which is becoming problematic for the Israeli leadership. As Israeli protests erupt across the occupied territories, Israelis call for an immediate halt to operation ‘protective edge’, with Israeli leadership failing to destroy a persistent Palestinian will to end the siege.
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