A major emergency is now engulfing occupied Palestine. Gaza is once again the target of a bombing campaign by Israel. Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”, launched on July 8, has so far killed 72 people, including at least 15 children, and has injured over 550 people.
Israel has announced it will escalate its offensive on Gaza. It has already lined the border with tanks and has called on 40,000 reservists to provide support for a possible ground invasion.
Since June 12, when the Israeli government launched ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’, hundreds of military raids have been launched across the occupied West Bank, invading homes, refugee camps, Palestinian charities and universities. At least a dozen Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank, and many more injured. 560 Palestinians have been detained and at least 200 are still held without charge. The number of children held in Israeli jails has risen to 250.
The Israeli government has alleged it’s military offensive has been in response to the disappearance of three Israeli settler youths near Hebron. Yet the Israeli government suppressed news of the youths’ bodies being found in order to prolong the military operation. Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Hamas, despite having no evidence linking the group to the killings, and used the incident to provoke a campaign of brutality and lynchings by Jewish settlers. On July 2, Israeli settlers kidnapped and burnt alive a 16 year old from the Shuafat area of Palestinian East Jerusalem and Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Israel’s attacks on Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza, constitute collective punishment, a crime prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law. In response, Palestinian anger is escalating, and the occupied nation is today on the brink of a new intifada.
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