|Israel launched yet a new deadly massive attack on Gaza|
Ramallah, 14 July 2014
Dear partners and friends,
As you all know by now, almost a week ago, under the false pretense of self-defense, Israel launched yet a new deadly massive attack on Gaza. At the time of my writing this message to you, 168 people have been killed and counting, among which at least 36 children, and over 1,200 people have been injured, among them 346 children. Hundreds of homes have been either completely destroyed or severely damaged, putting over 3,200 people – families with young children and elderly – in the streets. 4,000 people have fled their homes in the north of the Strip in fear of Israeli ground invasion. An estimated 300,000 people could be affected by the ground operation. Just two days ago, Israeli forces bombed a care facility for people with special needs without any warning while 5 patients and one nurse were inside. The building was destroyed and two of the residents, two handicapped women, were literally blown to pieces.
The humanitarian situation in the Strip is dire. Shortages of medications, of medical supplies, of fuel to power generators and ambulances, lack of spare parts for medical equipment and emergency vehicles, overcrowded ICUs… The list goes on. 350,000 are affected by the damage sustained to major sanitation infrastructure.
Not to mention the mental trauma for a population already suffering from sky-rocketing rates of PTSD and other stress- and trauma-related disorders. An estimated 7,000 children have been directly impacted by the killing or injuring of a relative or the destruction of their homes. Tens of thousands more suffer from trauma and all need urgent psychosocial assistance.
Meanwhile, settler attacks and Israeli army and police violence against Palestinian civilians continue in the West Bank and East Jerusalem with near impunity.
Yet all Western leaders and mainstream media can come up with are disingenuous statements parroting Israeli disinformation and blaming the victims.
It is time to finally debunk once and for all the Israeli narrative and expose it for what it is: propaganda in its most dishonest form.
No, Hamas and other groups are not the aggressors. No, there is no right to self-defense in the context of a violent and brutal occupation. There is no such thing as restraint, there are no “surgical strikes” on a territory with a population density of 4,822 persons per square kilometer.
The war Israel is waging on Gaza right now is not about self-defense, it is not even about destroying Hamas. It is a war about complete control over a territory and a people and it is being conducted with complete disregard for human life. It is a war aimed at destroying the resilience of an entire people – and if we don’t act immediately, if we don’t change the current narrative and reestablish the truth, it might very well succeed this time.
We need you. We need not only your continuous invaluable material and moral support for which we are ever so grateful; we also need you to take a further stand with us. We call on you all who are able to do so to come at once to Palestine to be our witnesses and our voices to the outside world. Bring with you your cameras, your press contacts, your local and national celebrities.
The UN Security Council, paralyzed by the US, will not send an observer mission? Let you be our peacekeeping observers. Let’s flood Israel’s border posts with international citizens standing up for justice and show the world what is really going on in Palestine. Together, we can force mainstream media to talk about the real issues and reach all people of conscience in Europe and in the United States. Let’s do it for our children.