Last week, May 15th is said to be the bloodiest day of the recent demonstrations in Gaza. Israel killed almost 50 unarmed Palestinians.
While Donald Trump, Jared Kushner and Benjamin Netanyahu were celebrating the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem, just a few miles away, Palestinians were living in concentration camp like conditions. United Nations Human Rights Council leader Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein described the living conditions in Gaza as being:
Caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; de-humanized by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason to protest.[i]
Of course, Israel calls them “terrorists,” which provides an excuse to humiliate, and ignore their basic human needs. Human Rights Watch tried to motivate the Israeli government into acting more responsibly by criticizing its brutal policies. Instead of hearing the concerns of Human Right Watch, Israel kicked them out of the country. Problem controlled.
What Israel cannot control are the demonstrations on the Gaza border. It tries to by shooting into the crowds of people. It would be comical if it were not so tragic. The IDF, the “most moral army on the globe” crouched behind earth berms firing into crowds of unarmed protestors across a fence, killing, at last count, 115 Palestinians and injured 13,190, since March 30th. These numbers include 13 children killed and 2,096 injured, and over a thousand women wounded.[ii]
Why do Palestinians in Gaza continue to risk their lives to protest? Why? Because:
Gaza is a prison, Gaza is a concentration camp, Gaza has been blockaded for a decade, Gaza’s occupation is a perennial crime against humanity, but most of all Gaza is a target. Gaza is a target because it suits the Israelis to have two million captive Palestinian men, women, and children (half of them are children) to despise, starve, deny medical supplies, reduce to inescapable and unlivable conditions, kill, and then brand as “terrorists” for not surrendering and disappearing from the face of the earth 70 years ago.[iii]
So, they demonstrate at the border, hoping someone will notice.
May 29, 2018
[i] Bob Livingston, Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter,
[ii] Imemc.org article: Health Ministry: Israeli Army Killed 112 Palestinians, Injured 13,190 Since March 30th. May 21.
[iii] William Boardman, Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isn’t that Murder? Reader Supported News, May 21, 2018.