The Palestinian Return Centre
This is a daily update on the events in Gaza. I hope you find it informative and if you have any questions and would like further details please get in touch with the Palestinian Return Centre.
1- Israeli army has continued it’s shelling of Gaza, increasing the casualties to 118 killed, 1000 wounded. Total air, naval and ground raids exceeded 1600 rockets. 40 per cent of Palestinian victims are children.
2- Palestinian armed factions continue to fire homemade rockets into Israel as act of self-defense and in retaliation to the massive Israeli attacks.
3- A number of Palestinian wounded have been transferred to Egypt’s hospitals due to Gazas inability to cope with the growing numbers.
4- Medical shortages remain severe in Al Shifa’ hospital making it impossible to deal with the increasing number of casualties, many of whom are suffering extreme injuries and trauma.
5- Political efforts continue to put an end to the conflict. Ceasefire is being mediated by Egypt, Turkey and other countries. The key request for Palestinians in any coming truce is lifting of the blockade and an ability to reverse the decades of de-development while under Israeli occupation and 6 years of siege.
6- Britain’s official position remains worrying. Britain has approved Israeli air strikes on Gaza as a right of Israel to defend itself, forgetting to realize that Palestinians too have a right to defend themselves from the low level violence by Israel which killed 4 Palestinians on the 8th of November, before the escalation.
7- British media outlets also give an impartial view by focusing on Palestinian rockets and ignoring the historical background and origins of the conflict. They also ignore the fact that people of Gaza are under a blockade and that Israel initiated this escalation.
8- Israeli hawks demonize the Palestinian residents of Gaza as followers of Hamas. But half of Palestinians in Gaza are minors, who never voted for Hamas and cannot be held collectively responsible for that party.
8- Unlike Britain the chorus of voices in Israel is candid and unapologetic about their intentions to obliterated Gaza and send Gaza to the dark ages. Gilad Sharon, son of the Former Israeli Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon, wrote in the Jerusalem Post that Gaza should be flattened like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Read full article here: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?ID=292466&R=R1&utm_
The Palestinian Return Centre is an independent consultancy focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of the Palestinian Refugees.
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