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.
The Pretext of Self-defense
Whenever Israel has used the pretext of self-defense to initiate attacks against Palestine, the results have been horrendous. Israel officially justified Operation Cast Lead of 2008 on the grounds of self-defense against Hamas rocket attacks. However, it was Israel itself which triggered the Hamas reaction by violating the 2008 ceasefire. Moreover, Israel not only targeted Hamas strongholds but also civilian areas and infrastructures.
The 2008 annual report of “B’Tselem – Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories” documented that between 1 January and 26 December 2008, Israeli security forces killed 455 Palestinians, of whom at least 175 were civilians, while Palestinians killed 31 Israelis, of whom 21 were civilians. Thus, the ratio of total Palestinians to Israelis killed stood at almost 15:1, while the ratio of Palestinian civilians to Israeli civilians killed was at least 8:1.