Updated August 8, 2022 – 13:00 hours EST
By the time zionist Israel ended its bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip at 11:30 pm (local time) on Sunday August 7, it had murdered 44 civilians, among them 14 children.
Five-year-old Alaa Qaddoum was murdered in her apartment when the Israelis hit the building with a missile on August 5, the first day of its barbaric onslaught.
Hundreds of others were injured in what Israel does routinely in Gaza: bombing apartment buildings.
Hours before the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between the zionist aggressors and Palestinian defenders of the Islamic Jihad movement went into effect, the Israelis bombed a cemetery where five boys had gathered near the grave of their grandfather.
The zionist war criminals, bereft of all humanity and decency, bomb apartment buildings, schools, roads, house and even cemeteries.
According to Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ziyad Nakhla, the group came out on top after the zionist occupiers failed to destroy its capabilities as it had threatened to do.
He also said the ceasefire was conditioned on the release of two PIJ officials arrested in the occupied West Bank by Israel.
Nakhla revealed that Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on hunger strike for more than 145 days protesting against his administrative detention by Israel, would be transferred to the hospital today (August 8) and go to his home from there.
The other prisoner is Bassam al-Saadi, whose arrest last week in Jenin sparked tensions that led to the Israeli onslaught.
According to the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) chief Ziyad Nakhla, the group came out on top after the zionist occupiers failed to destroy its capabilities as it had threatened to do.
Most observers including Palestinian and Israeli, were surprised at the timing and ferocity of Israel’s latest attacks.
The zionist entity is in the midst of an election campaign in which all contenders for power have to prove that they are bigger killers of Palestinians than their competitors.
In the racist entity, killing Palestinians is considered a ticket to success.
Some observers point to Israeli attacks on Jenin, the Palestinian town that has emerged as the centre of resistance in the Occupied West Bank.
The Jenin resistance is led by Islamic Jihad.
When senior PIJ member, Bassam el-Saadi, was arrested by the zionist invaders, they were expecting Islamic Jihad to retaliate, thereby having a pretext to bomb Gaza, but the Palestinian resistance movement did not oblige.
For not retaliating against Israel’s arrest of one its senior members, the Tel Aviv regime launched air strikes that have killed a dozen Palestinians, including a top member of the group.
Let that sink in. Islamic Jihad did not retaliate against Israeli crime, so the Tel Aviv regime attacked Gaza!
True to its lying nature, the zionist regime alleged that Islamic Jihad was planning to attack Israel.
How could it be planning to attack when it did not even respond to the arrest of one of its senior members?
Even if Islamic Jihad were planning to attack—a big if—the Islamic resistance movement would be within its legal rights to do so.
Israel is an occupying power that has illegally usurped the Palestinians’ lands.
It continues to kill innocent Palestinians on a daily basis.
The attack on Gaza has more to do with the election campaign underway where candidates compete for being more murderous than their opponents.
Joe Biden, the comatose American president who is almost on life support, immediately issued a statement that “Israel has the right to defend itself.”
Israel is not defending itself; it is attacking the besieged Gaza Strip.
How can Biden claim that Israel is defending itself by killing Palestinian civilians, including children?
The zionist entity is committing war crimes.
Biden’s brazen support and that of other western regimes including Britain's Liz Truss, contender for party leadership and, therefore, prime minister, support for such war crimes make them complicit.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is investigating Israeli crimes for its war on Gaza in May 2021.
The UNHCR has established a three-member panel to the Commission of Inquiry, much to the angst of the zionists and their apologists in the west.
They have demanded that the panel be disbanded.
As far as these apologists are concerned, Israel can do no wrong, even when it kills Palestinian children.
Let us state for the record: Israel is a terrorist entity and those who support its terrorism are also terrorists.
Killing civilians is immoral, illegal and unacceptable.
Zionist Israel, its defenders, apologists and supporters must be held accountable for such crimes.