Today is the 2nd anniversary of Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza. Tragically, tensions are building once more:
Ilan Pappe agrees.
Palestinian civil society releases a statement today that stresses what the international community must do; hold the Zionist state to account:
We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel’s genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to hold Israel to account for its ongoing crimes against us. On the 27th of December 2008, Israel began an indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip. The assault lasted 22 days, killing 1,417 Palestinians, 352 of them children, according to main-stream Human Rights Organizations. For a staggering 528 hours, Israeli Occupation Forces let loose their US-supplied F15s, F16s, Merkava Tanks, internationally prohibited White Phosphorous, and bombed and invaded the small Palestinian coastal enclave that is home to 1.5 million, of whom 800,000 are children and over 80 percent UN registered refugees. Around 5,300 remain permanently wounded.
We haven’t forgotten.
Israel’s attack simply accelerated the decline of Israel’s image globally. And more importantly, highlighted what Palestinians suffer on a daily basis.