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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

For over a dozen years, Israel has been waging war on Gaza without formally declaring it – the world community largely ignoring the suffering of its people.

Three times since December 2008, Israel waged full-blown war on the Strip, the last time in summer 2014. More all-out Israeli aggression is virtually certain ahead – whenever the Jewish state believes it serves its interests.

It’s just a matter of when and for what invented pretext. Since Hamas overwhelmingly won parliamentary elections in January 2006, Israeli aerial and cross-border strikes on the Strip occurred at its discretion – Hamas falsely blamed for its high crimes of war and against humanity.

Israel’s latest aggression occurred on Sunday and Monday, aerial strikes targeting various Gaza sites.

On Sunday, balloons attached to a model airplane, causing no damage or injuries, was the pretext for IDF terror-bombings. The Netanyahu regime called nothing an attack, an IDF statement saying “Hamas will bear the consequences of…actions” it had nothing to do with.

Two of its observation posts were terror-bombed. The US under Republicans and undemocratic Dems partners in Israeli high crimes against Gazans and other Palestinians, along with supporting its other regional aggression.

Israeli warplanes, attack helicopters, and cross-border shelling were involved in Sunday attacks on the Strip.

On Monday, Israeli warplanes continued terror-bombing multiple Gazan sites, destroying or causing major damage to private property.

Israel claimed it responded to a homemade rocket striking an open area near Ashkelon, causing no harm or damage. The Netanyahu regime holds Hamas fully responsible for everything in the Strip.

In the aftermath of Israeli 2014 aggression on Gaza, Qatar pledged $1 billion in aid, much of it to help rebuild what Israel destroyed.

Last fall, Qatar announced $150 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza, including $60 for desperately needed fuel, the UN Development Program to oversee distribution of the aid.

At the time, longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas opposed the aid. He countered by cutting PA aid to the Strip, punishing Gazans in service to the Netanyahu regime.

Qatari-supplied fuel aimed to increase the supply of badly needed electricity, a few hours daily available in the Strip without it.

A spokesman for PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah voiced opposition to the delivery, saying “(a)ny international aid to (Gaza) should be through or with the coordination of the PA” – claiming it’s “to preserve Palestinian unity” Abbas, his cronies and Israel oppose.

According to AMN News on Monday, the Netanyahu regime blocked further Qatari humanitarian aid to Gaza after two earlier installments were made.

On December 30, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement said Qatari aid increased the supply of electricity in Gaza from four to around 11 hours daily.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said increased electricity facilitates pumping 200,000 cubic meters of water daily, compared to 140,000 before Qatari aid.

It lets most Gazans have access to running water around eight hours daily, around one-fifth of its households only every third day.

Before Qatari aid, Gazans only had access to water either one day weekly, once every three or four days for a limited number of hours.

Operations of sewage treatment facilities were boosted. Local businesses benefitted from greater access to electricity and water.

Qatar agreed to provide aid for six months, possibly intending to continue it once the time frame elapsed.

Now its aid is blocked, the PA supporting Israel’s move. Long-suffering Gazans have three enemies – Israeli blockade and aggression, PA punishment serving Jewish state interests against theirs, and a largely dismissive world community, siding with dark forces over doing the right things.

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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.