Israel’s Bombardment of Gaza Is Destroying Schools, Mosques, and Medical Facilities

Death has permeated into every pore of Gaza. Eman Basher, an inhabitant of the Palestinian enclave, says, "We spend the day not believing we’re still alive and in the night we wait for our death." The subjugation of the colonized population’s life to the power of death is a core feature of Zionist strategy. This has again been made clear in the recent bombing campaigns which have killed 230 Palestinians over 11 days, including 65 children and 39 women. Nearly 450 buildings in Gaza have been destroyed or damaged and more than 52,000 people have fled their homes.

Targeting Children

Israel tries to spread pure terror among the Palestinian population through the targeting of children. On May 15, 2021, Hamza – a 14-year-old Palestinian child – committed suicide by throwing himself from the 8th floor. Hamza had lost his entire family in the recent Israeli assaults on Gaza. In 2009, his little brother was killed by an Israeli missile while playing football. In the 2012, his older brother was killed. In 2014, his father was killed. Due to this severe trauma, Hamza became very close to his mother, his last surviving family member, who was killed in the current Israeli bombardments.

On May 18, 2021, the settler state bombed the office of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a charity in Gaza that provides free medical care for Palestinian children in need. On the same day, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) confirmed that 11 of all the children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza were participating in its psycho-social program aimed at helping them deal with trauma.

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Israeli Barbarism in Gaza

Dr. Akram Kewidar, an assistant professor at the Israa University, Gaza, has sent me videos of the Zionist carnage occurring in the Palestinian enclave. Israeli bombs are reducing entire residential buildings to dust and rubble; bodies lie mangled in pulverized cars; corpses are strewn on the streets like the remains of flattened houses. As I write these words, nearly 83 people, including 17 children, have died; another 500 are injured.

There seems no possibility of respite in the ferocious Israeli attacks. Benny Gantz, the Israeli defense minister, has stated: "Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire. There is currently no end date for the operation. Only when we achieve complete quiet can we talk about calm." Even as the air offensive continues, plans are being made for a ground operation in Gaza.

In spite of the totally indefensible nature of what is going in Gaza, the desensitized and deafening support for Israeli terrorism continues. After speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 12, 2021, US President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that "Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory." Biden is not even trying to hide his hypocrisy. He shows no parallel concern for Palestinians as Israel continues to assault Gaza in the most atrocious way.

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