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Posted on July 12, 2014
by Robert Barsocchini
Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory under international law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice.Israel continues to be in constant and continual commission of illegal aggression against Palestine by occupying it: sadistically blockading Gaza and frequently committing terrorism against its civilians, including targeting them with chemical weapons provided by US taxpayers –(see “Rain of Fire” by Human Rights
As documented by Amnesty Int’l, Human Rights Watch, and many others, Israel intentionally targets and murders civilians, including children, en masse.Israel also kidnaps and tortures children, including keeping them in outdoor cages, over night, in winter.But, even ignoring international law and that Gaza is under illegal Israeli occupation…Gaza did not initiate this current round of violence;Israel did:Western/US/Israeli propaganda says the violence started with the kidnapping and
killing of three Israeli youths on June 12th.
That is a lie:
On May 20th, the Israeli government murdered 2 unarmed Palestinian teens, one on video, and wounded a third. The subsequent firing of pathetic scrap metal rockets from impoverished Gaza, which have killed no one, were in fact launched in response to earlier Israeli bombings, killings, assassinations, and arrests of Palestinians, including children. Since the year 2000, Israel has killed 1,500 Palestinian children, while Palestinians
have killed 132 Israeli children. That means Israel has killed over 1,000% percent more Palestinian children than vice versa.
At least 8,000 Palestinians and 1,111 Israelis have been killed since September 29, 2000.
Palestinians have a right to defend themselves. Israel is a nuclear power
with an army, navy and ground forces.
The Palestinians have none of these and are being held prisoner while Israel steals their land, confiscates their resources,
cuts off all commerce, destroys homes, builds illegal walls and settlements on Palestinian land, and attacks at will with overwhelming military force.
“Gazans have no army, navy, or air force with which to defend. Israel, as any nation, has a right to defend itself, but it confuses offense with defense. Israel is on the offensive in Gaza. Israel,with its overwhelming military strength, is attacking and invading Gaza in violation of international and U.S. law. Israel’s construction of settlements violates the Oslo agreement. Its Central Bank dries up the Gaza economy and blocks payments to Gazan civil servants. Its total control brings the Palestinians to utter subjection and total despair.
There will be no peace, for now, as Gaza is turned into an abattoir, to collectively punish Gazans for supporting Hamas. Israel, in its attempt to divide Hamas from the Gazans, will actually multiply Hamas’ strength in Gaza and elsewhere.
Israel can kill, injure, and humiliate Palestinians at will, with impunity, which is exactly what gave rise to Hamas and strengthens Hamas’ hold in Gaza, even as the IDF advances.”
Read the rest of Dennis Kucinich’s statement here:
Israeli Attack on Gaza Aid Ship Violates International Law
The Real News
Last year, Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid ship on its way to Gaza. It is reported that they killed ten to fifteen activists and injured thirty more. The flotilla was attacked in international waters, 65km off the Gaza coast. Organizers said the flotilla was carrying 10,000 tones of humanitarian aid headed to Gaza challenging the Israeli blockade.
The Israeli Army Radio said soldiers opened fire “after confronting those on board carrying sharp objects”. Israel says they offered to deliver the aid if the ships turned back.
The Free Gaza Movement, the organizers of the flotilla, however, said the troops opened fire as soon as they stormed the ships. They also said they were fully within international law delivering the aid directly to Gaza.
Turkey in a written statement condemned Israel over the deadly attacks: “This deplorable incident, which took place in open seas and constitutes a fragrant breach of international law, may lead to irreparable consequences in our bilateral relations,” it said.