Gaza A Perpetual War Zone Under Siege

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Israel terrorizes Palestinians at its daily, viciousness against Gazans worst of all, suffering under over 11 years of brutalizing concentration camp conditions.

Blaming Palestinians for its own high crimes of war and against humanity is longstanding Israeli policy – calling state terror against defenseless civilians self-defense, legitimate Palestinian self-defense against Israeli aggression considered terrorism or incitement.

On the 17th Great March of Return Friday since March 30, the IDF terror-bombed Gazans, attacking them as well with tank and artillery fire – for daring to resist unlawful and untenable conditions courageously and nonviolently.

According to Gaza’s health ministry, four Palestinians were killed, 120 or more injured. An IDF statement turned truth on its head, blaming Hamas for “deteriorat(ing) the situation,” saying it’ll “bear the responsibility for its actions.”

Another full-blown Gaza war may follow, including IDF ground forces invading the Strip.

Ziofascist Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened full-scale war on Gaza, saying, the IDF may launch a “wide scale and painful military operation,” falsely adding:

Hamas is pushing Israel into a “no choice” situation. The Trump regime’s Zionist ideologue Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt outrageously accused Hamas of launching border area terror attacks, ignoring longstanding Israeli state terror against all Palestinians, holding them hostage to its viciousness.

On Friday, Maan News reported “continuous airstrikes and heavy use of live ammunition by the Israeli forces” on Gaza.

UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov disgracefully called for Israel and Gazans “to step back from the brink right now,” suggesting both sides are equally matched and culpable for what’s going on.

Remarks like his show what Palestinians up against, the world community indifferent to their suffering, one-sidedly supporting Israel, pretending its high crimes are part of even give-and-take between both sides.

Separately, BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti denounced enactment of Israel’s nation-state law, enshrining Jewish supremacy over equal rights for Arab citizens into its Basic Law – what apartheid is all about.

“Israel has dozens of racist laws, including some which strikingly fit the UN definition of apartheid,” he explained, adding: 

“But with the constitutional power of this Basic Law, Israel is effectively declaring itself an apartheid state and dropping its worn-out mask of democracy.”

“From now on, it will not just be legal to racially discriminate against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of the state.” 

“It will be constitutionally mandated and required. This should stir people, institutions and governments to take effective action to hold Israel accountable.”

“If ever there was a time for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel’s system of oppression, it is now.” 

“Israel’s official adoption of apartheid opens the door for the Palestinian people, Arab nations and our allies around the world to pressure the UN to activate its anti-apartheid laws and impose serious sanctions on Israel like those imposed on apartheid South Africa.”

“We shall double our efforts to further grow the BDS movement for Palestinian rights to hold Israel accountable for all its crimes against our people.” 

“No Israeli law will erase our right to self-determination in our homeland or the right of our refugees to return home.” 

“No Israeli far-right government, with all the blind support it receives from xenophobic and outright fascist forces in the United States and Europe, will ever extinguish our aspiration for freedom, justice and equality.”

Israel is a Ziofascist terror state. Its imperial partnership with Washington threatens Jews and non-Jews alike.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.