Once upon an era in the modern age, in the civilized world, almost 1.8 million people were living in their own land under a violently harsh siege; they were not allowed to live like the rest of the world. Their steadfastness and belonging to their own home has always been the reason behind their profound misery. It is an occupier who besieged their land, shed their blood, put them all in deep grief and acute need, and called them terrorists. Are you eager to here the story worded by the victims? Here is the luckily wretched nation story.
After a prolonged conflict so far history, one day in 2014 in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israel defense forces killed five Palestinian children, but their death did not echo anywhere and no one seemed to care about such a terrorist act. How cruel that deed was! Killing five kids with no mercy and with a cold blood enraged everyone in Palestine, every true Palestinian. Was it their first terrorist act? NO, in 2008 and 2012, they lunched two frantic aggressions against Gaza in which they killed more than 3000 innocent people, and injured more than 4000 thousand others. Furthermore, they imprisoned more than 5000 people form Gaza and the West Bank. All these actions faced no responses other than an echo of the world’s silence.
Unknown people were claimed to abduct three Israeli teens on June 12 while being on the occupied Palestinian land. The claimed abduction of three Israelis was followed by abducting and burning a Palestinian kid named Mohammed Abu Khedir to death! The Israeli occupation forces launched a wide campaign of collective punishment against the innocent citizens of the west bank by arresting and assaulting many people, including children and freed prisoners in Shalit’s swap deal! It was more of a revenge policy aimed at all the Palestinians, but it soon reached out to Gaza when Israel accused Hamas of kidnapping the 3 Israelis, turning a deaf ear to Hamas’s denial of its relationship to the abducting operation!
Not only did Israel blame the Palestinians in Gaza for the crime that has never been committed at all- but also it launched a cruel massacre on the heads of these Gazans. They were so weak to defend themselves, to protect themselves, to reject the accusations, to speak up, to be heard, or to do anything to stop the cunning frenzy campaign.
It was all fake to achieve many goals, among which ruining the Palestinian national reconciliation. Two separated and divided ruling powers whose division Israel called “the second greatest victory for Israel after the six-day war.” They, after seven years, decided to reconcile. But Israel does not want them to. How would they do such a thing while they were suffering like the rest of the Gazans? Besieged, suffocated, deprived of basic needs and barely allowed to breathe.
After a very short while, the well-planned scheme continued. The three abducted Israelis were declared and claimed to be found murdered. No one has seen a photo for the dead bodies! And for sure, a deceptive plan like this would have yet-to-come practices. Killing would be committed; shelling, bombing, destruction, imprisonment, all atrocities would be practiced, and who would be the victim? The already wretched people of Gaza.
As expected, Israel launched a fierce offensive war on Gaza Strip and called it Operation Protective Edge on July 8, 2014, so the Palestinian resistance decided to defend its innocent citizens of Gaza by responding to the Israeli strikes by its homemade rockets. This reaction of the Palestinian resistance is more than legal and expected. It is their right to resist. How would a sane, true humane person expect them to act while their sons, daughters, parents are slaughtered? To stand still! To remain idle? To sit back and watch who dies next? Surely, they would not!
A month after, more than 1951 people were killed, and more than 10193 were injured, including children and women. More than 59200 air-strikes were launched, and 1724 buildings were completely or partly demolished, including mosques, hospitals, schools and social service institutions. On the other hand, and in the same month, the rockets the resistance fires towards Israel had caused not more than 10 deaths and a few injuries so far, and the damage caused by them was way less than being compared to the destruction caused by the Israeli rockets. Yet still Israel puts the responsibility on the Gaza government for this massive death and destruction!
Now the question is, do the Palestinians really deserve to see death in the eye every single moment? To witness their kids, parents, grandchildren and grandparents bleeding to death? Pulled from under the rubbles? Buried as families en masse? Of course, they will never give up, because a life without dignity and freedom is not a life! They are still hopeful, they fight back; they struggle; they strive; they survive.
Written by: Saleh M. Orouq – Nisreen Kamal Al-Khatib – Abdelraheem Abu Warda
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