“Israel claimed that it has the right to self-defense, but an occupying power does not have the right to self-defense; it has an obligation and a duty to protect the civilians under its occupation.” –NOURA ERAKAT
As the death toll of Palestinians, keep rising the apartheid state of Israel, unfortunately intensifies bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and vow to continue this injustice and cruelty against the defenseless people of Palestine, in the Gaza Strip, under the pretext of self-defense. This latest siege lay on Palestine came after the three Israeli teenagers who were allegedly kidnapped by Hamas, on June 12, and were later found dead on the 30th of the same month. What is worth noting is that there was no single evidence no matter how farcical pointing to Hamas, or any other group inside Palestine, talk-less of a reasonable one. But the Israeli government immediately pointed to Palestine and label Hamas as the culprit.
In response Israeli government besiege Gaza and start indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, whilst claiming self-defense in an offensive called “Operation Protective Edge”. As at last Saturday, the Israeli military says it has dropped 800 tonnes of bombs on 750 targets throughout Gaza, nearly half of the victims are women and children. On Thursday, a funeral procession was held for a family of eight, including five children who were annihilated by Israeli military strike. Whilst the Israeli, are yet to record any victim on their side the narrative in the western media remain sadly the same pro-Israeli sentiment. Voices from Washington, unfortunately but not surprisingly echoes support for Israeli aggression whilst labeling Hamas as the aggressor. According to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki: “As you know, we’re encouraging all sides to de-escalate the situation on the ground. But again, Israel has every right to defend themselves and take steps to defend themselves. And as we know, the aggression is currently coming from Hamas in Gaza.”
According to UN report: more than 80 percent of the dead are civilian, of whom 20 percent are children — at least 36 dead. At least 1,200 Palestinians have been wounded, nearly two-thirds women and children. More than 940 homes have reportedly been severely damaged or destroyed, some 400,000 people are without electricity, and 17,000 people are displaced.
Also there have been missed reactions coming from Israel, whilst some are protesting against the act of aggression by their government against the Palestine people in Gaza, there have also been others who cheer on this act of barbarity. In this report http://en.alalam.ir/news/1610487 by Danish journalist Allan Sorensen posted an image on Twitter, which shows residents watching and celebrating Gaza being bombed. This siege on Gaza, should be condemned by all peace loving people of the world, the self-defense rhetoric is a sham and nothing but absurd justification to continue the act of aggression against Palestine, a state that has no standing army. This despicable act of aggression, torture and vicious circle of violence against Palestine, has sadly turn out to be the blind spot of many, I wonder if it would have be the same if the aggression has been against the apartheid state of Israel.