Gaza (Day 9- Full Scale Ground Invasion)

With smiles on their faces, Israel invades Gaza…

Smiling soldiers

 

As the massacre continues with no end in sight, I find it hard to express everything going through my mind.

Senselessness, barbarism, sadness, corruption, innocence….

Last night while Benjamin Netanyahu cleared the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to proceed with a full scale ground invasion into Gaza, even journalists on the front lines found it hard to control their dismay. One example was seen when CNN correspondent Diana Magnay tweeted about a gathering of Israeli civilians, calling them “scum,” as they watched and cheered the commencement of the IDF’s invasion. The commencement characterized by the raining of bombs on Gaza during the night. Pictures of the gathering resembling a Fourth of July celebration, the familiar fireworks replaced by bombs, symbolizing almost certain casualties every time they fell.

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However what disturbs me most, is that my own country, the United States, and more specifically the White House, who could stop this war in an instant, considering $350 million dollars of our country’s tax dollars were just donated to Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System, continues to standby and watch as the bodies stack up.

The White House, which so often reiterates its unwavering stance against oppression and humans’ undeniable rights to freedom has fallen eerily silent. Not even a tweet has been heard from the White House Twitter feed since the battle began. Their attention now being turned, the timing near perfect, to the recent downing of yet another Malaysian passenger plane, MH-17, which has yet to be explained.

Despite the White House’s silence, one thing that does give me succor is UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon’s decision today to visit the Middle East in an act to broker a ceasefire.

As reported by the Irish Independent, Ki-Moon stated that a “ceasefire was ‘indispensable’ for urgently needed humanitarian efforts to succeed.”

Due to the length of the ongoing conflict, he added that UN humanitarian aid had been “stretched thin.”

Furthermore, Palestinian UN Ambassador, Riyad Mansour, promised to take his pleas about the ongoing atrocities in Gaza to the UN and international criminal courts if the Security Council did not act to protect Palestinian civilians.

Mansour went on to say that Israel’s “savage aggression” into Gaza “cannot be justified by any means. It is not self-defense. It is a vengeful military aggression intentionally planned and perpetrated by the occupying power on the civilian population under its occupation.”

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In closing, I want to mention a picture I recently saw. The picture accompanied by a one lined caption. It was of a Gaza paramedic that had been answering the ceaseless calls of the gravely injured and deceased. Constantly starting up his truck to help another person, the picture showed the man crying. I imagined his tears were from the horrific things he had seen, but when I read the caption, I found out I was wrong. The man had been crying because after starting up his truck yet another time, he came to realize that this time was different. This time it was his own family that he would be rescuing. But it was too late. They had been killed.

 

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Has the world forgotten about Gaza (Day 3)

Gaza Mosque targeted by Israeli airstrikes

Gaza Mosque targeted by Israeli airstrikes , posted by thewire.com

While rockets rain down on Gaza from every which place, a lopsided US news decries attacks against Israel. Even while the death toll continues to rise in Gaza, and healthcare facilities are brought to their knees by the ceaseless stream of injured and dying victims of Israel’s military onslaught, the US and the world mostly standby and watch providing no aid, no medical supplies, and no shelter to those who are being killed. A deja vu response much similar to the Syrian civil war now ongoing for three years.

Time magazine’s online addition, states “Everything about the latest offensive is moving fast, especially relative to the last round of fighting. That November 2012 air campaign — dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense by Israel — lasted eight days. Israel’s current offensive, Operation Protective Edge, has bombed more than half as many targets in Gaza in less than half the time — 860 in three days compared with 1,500 in eight days last time.

Clearly a one sided war is being witnessed, Gaza being unequipped militarily to handled the bombardment of a nation backed by US military defense systems and weapons. Reports stating many of Gaza’s rockets being intercepted by the Iron Dome system (which the US assisted Israel in developing) or falling in open areas. There have been no reports of Israeli citizen casualties. Meanwhile, Gaza has witnessed approximately 120 deaths in three days, nearly a quarter of which have been women and children. Though Israel continues to claim its missiles and rockets are being specifically targeted at Hamas hot zones, such claims have been hard to agree with considering the destruction seen thus far.

As Palestinians continue to die and live in fear of Israel’s next missile, the world wonders how long yet another war will go on before somebody steps in.

To help the people suffering in Palestine, please donate at:  visit: http://www.irusa.org/emergencies/palestine-humanitarian-crisis-2/