|Video: Israel the Monster of Fear, Death and Destruction for Palestinian Children|
Israeli apache helicopters open fire at Palestinian houses in the heavily populated neighbourhood of Shuja’eya east of Gaza. There are also reports of Israeli military boats firing at houses. Palestinian sources say that an ambulance was hit in one of the strikes. Five people have been killed, one a man of 50 by an Israel tank shell and the latest victim is Saleh Tarabin (38). Some 30-40 people have been wounded. Israeli warplanes are opening fire on Khan Younis city, south of Gaza, but so far no casualties have been reported. Heavy shelling in Rafah and tunnels being targeted. Bombs falling on the border between Gaza and Egypt. F-16s over Gaza City now. Israeli airstrikes have targeted two high voltage electricity converters in Khan Younis and Gaza City causing power outages. All hospitals in Gaza have now declared a state of emergency. UN staff have been evacuated from Gaza.
The fact that civilians are being killed — as reports from CNN and elsewhere suggest — should increase calls for a protective shield around Gaza. Israel cannot get away with harming civilians while the world’s powers created a No Fly Zone in Libya to prevent harm to civilians.
Will the international community respond to calls for a No Fly Zone over Gaza?
Obviously not. Israel will claim it needs to defend itself from attacks, such as the shots fired from Gaza yesterday. But they neglect to mention their own unprovoked attacks. To learn more about the actual sequence of events leading to today’s attacks, check out this explanation on the Palestine Center’s blog. It shows the mainstream media tend to start with attacks on Israel and ignore the full context.
Looking at the sequence of events since earlier this week shows that the Palestinians need protecting from Israel’s military forces.