The Independent Commission of Inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council did not mince words. At a Geneva press conference on February 28, its spokesperson said that by shooting unarmed civilians in Gaza, Israel “may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
Within the last 48 hours, the Gaza Strip has witnessed another major Israeli military escalation. Zionist warplanes bombed residential neighborhoods in the tiny enclave while artillery shells rained down every few minutes.
The Zionists are terrified of Palestinian youth flying kites over Gaza. They have used missiles fired from drones as well as artillery fire against the youth flying kites.
Killing unarmed Palestinians is routine for the Zionists, as is the unqualified support of Western regimes for such war crimes.
Israel’s killing of Palestinians has become so frequent that much of the rest of the world treats each new massacre with a hardly repressed yawn.
Egypt under the military dictatorship of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been rewarded yet again by the United States for being a faithful ally in America’s quest for dominance in the North African region straddling the Mediterranean.
Gaza has been referred to as the “largest open-air prison” in the world. Besieged on three sides by Israel including the Mediterranean Sea, the fourth side is blocked by Egypt.
The besieged enclave of Gaza has been plunged into darkness as a result of Israel’s cutting off electricity to the two million people bottled up there.
Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, Yahya al-Sinwar is a veteran of armed resistance and has spent many decades in Israeli dungeons. Under his leadership, the resistance front is expected to be re-activated after a period of quietude.
The 1.8 million people of Gaza are already starved, now they face an acute shortage of water as well. At least 90% of water in Gaza is unfit for drinking posing a serious risk to their health.
The Zionists not only want to occupy the whole of Palestine but their special target is al Masjid al Aqsa, the holy sanctuary. They have intensified their attacks in recent weeks as Muslim attention is diverted elsewhere.1
Canadian writer and scholar Eric Walberg reviews two books that consider Barack Obama’s legacy as president. Eric Walberg considers the Obama legacy through the eyes of James Petras who wrote The End of the Republic and the Delusion of Empire (Clarity Press, 2016; 254pp., $24.95 pbk), and Jeremy Hammond, author of Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Worldview Publications, 2016; 538pp., $22.99 pbk).
Using the garb of Sufism, the self-styled religious preacher, Fethullah Gulen has turned out to be a US-Zionist puppet who is prepared to advance their agenda. This is how the enemies of Islam operate.2
It kills innocent people including children but refuses to accept any responsibility. The Zionist military insists it has done “nothing wrong”. The reality is different.
True to their violent and illegal nature, the Zionist occupiers of Palestine attacked the Gaza-bound Swedish humanitarian boat, the Marriane on the high seas and pirated it. All 20 passengers on board including the former President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki and members of the European Parliamentar were also kidnapped and taken against their will to the Israeli port of Ashdod for interrogation.
Zionist crimes in Gaza were so egregious that even the UN has been forced to confirm them. Summary of an inquiry commission's findings were released on April 27 confirming that the Zionists attacked seven UN-run schools killing 44 Palestinian civilians and injuring 227 others.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted by Zionist terrorists, tortured and then burnt alive. When the family wanted to mourn, the Zionist occupation forces and authorities would not let them do so while Zionist officials tried to make hypocritical appearances at the family home.
The UN has finally mustered the courage to establish an Inquiry Commission into Israeli war crimes during its onslaught on Gaza in July/August 2014. The Inquiry Commission announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today will comprise five members. The UN chief had visited Gaza last month and come away visibly shaken after witnessing Israel's destruction of civilian infrastructure including UN buildings.
About 30 envoys from different countries plus UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon were in Cairo to mobilize resources for Gaza's reconstruction. Although $5.4 billion were pledged, will this materialize and if so, what conditions would be imposed on the Palestinians?
Zionist Israel may have killed thousands of civilians in Gaza but it has failed to achieve any of its military objectives.