Factsheet about Israel’s war on Gaza

Adam Sheets at Creative-i has a comprehensive history of the events leading up to the current hostilities between Hamas and Israel. While sympathetic to Palestinians, the report is unbiased and culled mainly from news reports.

The precipitating event this time was the usual cat-and-mouse provocations that both sides do. This time, it led to major violence. Which might well have been the intent of both Israeli and Hamas extremists.

Despite the intense blockade against Gazan civilians, the cease-fire held until November 4, 2008. On that date, the Israeli military made an incursion into Gaza and killed six Palestinians. The Israeli government sought to justify these actions, saying that they suspected these Palestinians of plotting to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Palestinian fighters responded to the attack by launching rockets into Israel. Thus began the unraveling of the cease-fire.

But Hamas brought a knife to a tank and assault helicopter fight while Israel, as always, is oblivious to the political ramifications of their insanely excessive military actions. We were in Britain when this started and judging from newspaper headlines there, the reaction of the press was strongly negative towards Israel, a quite different response from media here in the US.

The international community must continue to demand that a cease-fire be implemented. In order to be successful, any agreement must call for 1) an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, 2) an end to the Israeli invasion of Gaza, and 3) an end to all rocket attacks into Israel.

Is the grief of a Palestinian mother who lost a loved one in a bombing any different than that of an Israeli mother? I don’t think so.

One major factor leading to the ceasing of hostilities in Northern Ireland was when mothers on both sides joined together and said No More Killing. Maybe that’s what’s needed here.

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