In Palestine, thousands of dead, civilian victims of an awful, genocidal war. Unspeakable barbarbarity in Gaza, a strip of land where Israel has been dropping its bombs since October 7, indiscriminately killing women, children and the elderly and destroying houses, hospitals, schools and other public buildings.
Netanyahu found an excuse for his war of extermination. He seized it, trampling on international humanitarian law, committing carnage after carnage over the hours and days. The Western powers, most of them allies of the Zionist entity, are quietly watching, that is if they do not support Israel’s war effort.
The friends of Palestine, the sincere ones, as well as the hypocrites, want this war to end and innocent lives to be spared, but they can do nothing except spread political incantations. It is the law of force, and force is, alas, on the other side.
In Gaza, death lurks everywhere. Day and night. No place escapes it. No establishment is a refuge, not even hospitals that the Israeli air force does not hesitate to bomb, on the grounds that their basements house probable hiding places for Hamas fighters. These are hospitals no longer able to provide treatment, due to the lack of resources and because of the insufficiency of their staff, as more and more injured people flock there, as well as refugees driven from their homes in the north.
The West Bank, where Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah reigns and which, until now, has stayed away from the war, is obviously not in a better place for long. Extremist settlers began attacking villagers to rob them of their land and homes.
The ever-increasing number of Palestinians killed has not pushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to show an ounce of humanity, assuming that he has any, which is highly doubtful. He is all about his war, deaf to the cries of innocent people who are dying, torn apart by bombs or buried under the tons of rubble of homes and buildings. To the voices calling for a ceasefire, he answers with the monster within him: “A ceasefire would be synonymous with capitulating to Hamas,” he says. Netanyahu intends to see his war through to the end, assured of complicit silence, and even help, from Israel’s allies.
Since October 7 to date, no fewer than 8,525 Palestinians have been killed, including 3,457 children and 2,187 women, according to Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qudra. The war, which entered an even more intense phase with the Israeli ground intervention, also brought its share of wounded. The Palestinians counted no less than 21,000. This does not take into account the miserable conditions in which the refugees survive in the south of Gaza, deprived of everything, including the humanitarian aid that Egypt has been allowing to trickle in since the Rafah crossing. Calls from humanitarian organizations to open the passage remain unanswered.
Since October 7 to October 31, no less than 8,525 Palestinians have been killed, including 3,457 children and 2,187 women, according to Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qudra. The war, which entered an even more intense phase with the Israeli ground invasion, also brought its share of wounded people. The Palestinians counted no less than 21,000. This does not take into account the miserable conditions in which the refugees survive in the south of Gaza, deprived of everything, including the humanitarian aid that Egypt has been allowing to trickle in from the Rafah crossing. Calls from humanitarian organizations to open the passage remain unanswered.
It is now also established that the Arab League, formerly referred to by the uncomplimentary nickname “league of mourners”, would not endeavor to convince Egypt to give in to more flexibility and allow more humanitarian convoys to reach the inhabitants of Gaza.
The Arab League issued a statement at the very beginning of the war and then plunged back into its political slumber. As with every crisis or war that directly concerns it. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has fared little better. The United Nations (UN) also appears powerless to take decisions against Israel which, it must be underlined, has ignored UN resolutions since 1967.
Luckily, there are still civil societies mobilizing, including in the West, to prevent Palestinians from being exterminated behind closed doors.
Marches are taking place in several capitals, calling on governments and the international community to act quickly to stop the genocide. Calls which also come from the Jewish community, like the 85 Jewish personalities from France who have just signed a letter denouncing Israel’s war in Palestine. “You will not have the silence of the Jews of France”, they denounced, stating,rightly, that the pain felt following the Hamas attacks on October 7 cannot “justify ethnic cleansing in Gaza”. The word has been said: ethnic cleansing. This is what Netanyahu is working on.