Wednesday, August 12, 2020

As ‘Operation Protective Edge‘ reaches its fifth day demonstrators call for peace

By Lil Jackson - July 12, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Operation Protective Edge] [Gaza Blockade] [Collective Punishment]

 Early morning Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Southern Gaza | AFP/ Getty Images/ Said Khatib 


14 people were killed on Friday evening due to ongoing Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Medical sources report that 121 people have been killed since the beginning of the operation. The UN has stated that more than three quarters of the total death count were civilians.

“The objective is to restore quiet to the cities of Israel, and I intend to achieve this objective” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a press conference on Friday evening.

Despite pressure from the international community for Israel to stop the assault on Gaza the operation has continued unabated. Israel maintains its operation isn’t targeting innocents and claims that Hamas is using civilians as human shields.

Among the 14 slain on Friday, three men were killed by an Israeli raid on a park in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra, said it took several hours to identify the victims because the missiles tore them to pieces. 

Three Palestinian fighters affiliated to the al-Mujahadin Brigades were killed in western Gaza City.

Two young disabled women were killed when an aircraft targeted a charitable organization for handicapped people in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza. 

Four men were killed in Martyr Anwar Aziz Square in the center of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza strip.

Israeli warplanes targeted businesses, homes and the al-Farouq mosque in Nuseirat refuge camp. The home of Issam Dalees, former political advisor to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, was targeted in the Nuseirat refugee camp and the home of senior Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar, also in the Nuseirat refugee camp, was destroyed.

In Khan Younis, southern Gaza, Israeli warplanes bombarded the main branch of the Islamic National Bank.

The border between Egypt and Gaza in Rafah (southern Gaza) was briefly opened on Thursday to allow Palestinians injured in Israel’s military assault to seek medical treatment. 11 people were able to cross before the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing on Friday. 

Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel protest in solidarity with Gaza

Friday evening saw clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military in the West Bank. Demonstrations were reported in Hebron, Bethlehem, and villages near Ramallah and East Jerusalem. Protestors at Qalandiya checkpoint managed to place the Palestinian flag onto the fencing that surrounds the checkpoint. 

Additionally, Palestinian’s from the towns of Nazareth, Taibe and Sakahnin, all of which are located the other side of the Green Line in Israel, have showed their solidarity with the people of Gaza. The protests began after the Mohammed Abu Khdier, a Palestinian resident of Shu’fat neighbourhood in East Jerusalem was kidnapped by three Israeli’s and burned alive. The demonstrations have carried on in solidarity with the people of Gaza. 

'End the Siege’

Demonstrations against Israel’s assault on Gaza took place in London, Oslo and Paris on Friday.

London saw the largest turnout with approximately 10,000 protestors gathering outside the Israeli Embassy with placards inscribed with “Gaza: End the Siege” and “Freedom for Palestine”. A group of 17 people brought traffic to a halt when the activists scaled a double decker bus and suspended a banner which had “Judaism rejects the Zionist state and condemns its criminal siege and occupation” written on it.

3,000 pro-Palestine activists gathered outside Oslo’s parliamentary buildings in support of peace in Gaza. 

In Paris, 300 demonstrators gathered outside the French Foreign Ministry. Protestors had painted the Palestinian flag on their faces and chanted “Palestine will survive”.

Although many world leaders have condemned the escalation of the situation in Gaza, none have been able to prevent the deaths of innocent civilians. How many more people will have to lose their lives before something changes?

With no sign of both sides agreeing to a cease-fire, a ground invasion by the Israeli military would appear imminent. 

In the coming days more demonstrations are planned in cities around the world and in Israel. 




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