On Friday, the scourge of Israeli apartheid state terror reared its ugly head again against long-suffering Gazans.
Along with its 2008-09 Cast Lead aggression and three other preemptive wars that followed, the IDF terror-bombed and shelled the Strip many times — murdering civilians, destroying vital infrastructure, attacking Gaza fishermen at sea, shooting Palestinian children for target practice.
On August 5, Israeli Yair Lapid regime terror-bombing killed at least 12 Strip residents, including a senior freedom-fighting Islamic Jihad official, injuring about 75 others, some severely, Lapid roaring:
His regime will continue terrorizing Gazans for “as long as it” takes to achieve his diabolical aims.
In response, the Al Haq human rights group condemned Israeli aggression, saying the following:
What began Friday “is the gravest escalation since Israel’s full scale military offensive on the Gaza Strip in May 2021, killing 240 Palestinians, including 151 civilians.”
In summer 2014, Israel’s previous aggression on the Strip, the Netanyahu regime’s Operation Protective Edge killed 2,192 Palestinians, including 524 children.
After creation of the Jewish state in May 1948 on stolen Palestinian land, its ruling regimes committed repeated crimes of war, against humanity and related atrocities on their long-suffering people.
Yet for the past 74 years, accountability never followed.
The US-dominated West — and world community overall — largely turns a blind eye and deaf ear to the worst of Israeli crimes, and all others.
Israel’s latest aggression is all about wanting to quash legitimate “resistance to its illegal colonial settlement expansionism, de facto and de jure annexations, while further entrenching its institutionalized regime of systematic racial discrimination and oppression on both sides of the Green Line,” Al Haq stressed.
It followed the illegal arrest of Islamic Jihad (IJ) leader, Sheikh Bassam Al-Saadi, on August 1.
Since then, IJ’s self-defense military wing, Saraya Al-Quds, has been on high alert.
Al-Haq “documented the heavy presence of military aircraft in the skies” over Gaza for the past 5 days.
The Lapid regime hardened its Gaza blockade by closing all crossings to the Strip.
Illegal blockade and closure prevents free movement of goods and people, Al Haq stressing:
The Strip’s 2 million people face what may become “a humanitarian disaster (from Israel’s) deliberate imposition of living conditions denying the right to life, and prohibited as inhuman acts as defined by the 1973 Apartheid Convention under Article 2(a)(i), 2(a)(i) and 2(b).”
IDF terror-bombing killed al-Quds Brigades commander, Taysir al-Jabari.
Murdered civilians include 5-year-old Alaa Qaddoum and her father.
According to family member, Mohammad Abu Jabal:
Alaa’s mother Rasha “is in great shock.”
“She lost her daughter and husband in a blink of an eye and left behind three children. We are all shocked.”
“What is the fault of an innocent five-year-old girl (and her father) to be killed in this way?”
According to a Gaza eye-witness to Israel’s latest state terror against its long-suffering people, his clothing blood-stained:
“(A) huge explosion hit the tower (where) we live. We ran away.”
“The sound was massive. We were very shocked as the place is full of civilians.”
“I saw many casualties (being) evacuated.”
Gaza-based activist, Rana Shubair, lives in the al-Remal neighborhood terror-bombed by IDF warplanes.
We heard “four to five loud bangs,” she said, adding:
“I was asleep and found myself waking up running, wondering what happened.”
“There was panic in the area, people running.”
“You can imagine…the amount of horror that this caused for the people living in the building” attacked.
“There were children playing. This was something really unpredictable for us.”
Israeli warplanes also terror-bombed Khan Younis, Rafah, and other parts of the Strip.
In response to Israel’s latest aggression, rockets were fired at its territory from Gaza.
According to the UN Charter, self-defense is a universal right.
An IJ statement said the following:
“The enemy has begun a war targeting our people, and we all have the duty to defend ourselves and our people, and not allow the enemy to get away with its actions which are aimed at undermining the resistance and national steadfastness.”
Senior Hamas official, Ghazi Hamad, said the following:
There’s “no justification” for Israel’s latest aggression.
It’s “a brutal crime, a massacre by the Israeli occupation against our people” — while the world community yawns and does nothing to hold Israel accountable, like always before.
A Lapid regime spokesman said the following:
“We haven’t finished”…murdering Palestinians in cold-blood.
The IDF declared what it called “a special situation on the Israeli home front (sic).”
And this from Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum:
“The (apartheid) Israeli enemy…started the escalation against the resistance in Gaza.”
“A new crime was committed, and (the Lapid regime) bears full responsibility.”
“The resistance will defend our people in the Gaza Strip with everything it has and will continue to respond.”
As expected, the Biden regime expressed support for Israel’s latest aggression, its so-called national security council saying the following:
Hegemon USA “fully supports Israel(i)” aggression, what it reinvented as its “right to defend itself against” Palestinian civilians who yearn to breathe free from Jewish state terror, as mandated by international law.
Since Hamas won 74 of 132 seats in January 2006 legislative elections — becoming Occupied Palestine’s legitimate government — Israel isolated Gaza, maintaining a permanent state of de facto war on the Strip and its people.
The Jewish state illegitimately installed judas goat Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president, keeps him in office to serve its interests, waged four wars of aggression on the Strip, terrorizes its people daily, murdering and otherwise abusing them with impunity.
That’s the cross all Palestinians bear for the “crime” of not being Jewish.