Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Israel Takes Away 44% of Gaza Land … Herds Gazans Into Remaining Area

Daily Beast reports (hat tip Wall Street Journal reporter Tom Gara):

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the three-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”


This appears to have been the objective from the beginning. The murders of the three Israeli teens that initiated the conflict were know at the time to be murders, but the Government pretended it was a kidnapping in order to arrest and kill Palestinians until HAMAS reacted with rocket fire. It's even admitted that HAMAS had nothing to do with the initial murders that occurred in the West Bank not Gaza.

The Israelis will not agree to any immediate ceasefire, will reject all terms offered by HAMAS, and will continue their incursion, accepting a level of international condemnation for the moment because they know they will not face any serious rebuke in the long run - especially with US Government support. 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2014.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Video : IDF massive bombing in Gaza minutes before 12hr ceasefire