TML Weekly Information Project* (July 19) – The Zionist state of Israel has started a ground invasion of occupied Palestinian territory with as many as 60,000 troops amassed at the Gaza border. This ground invasion is taking place in a desperate attempt to smash Palestinian resistance after their failure to smash it through a brutal two-week long campaign of daily aerial bombings, destruction of homes and mosques, a centre for the disabled and other civilian infrastructure, including water treatment facilities leaving many with no potable water. By the time the ground invasion started, more than 240 people had been killed and more than 1,700 injured, many of them women and children and, according to the United Nations, 80 per cent of them civilians.
In a continuing effort to intimidate families, soldiers blew up the main doors of many homes, causing extensive damage. Dozens of Palestinians protesting the raids have been treated for the effects of tear gas, while many were shot by live rounds and rubber-coated metal bullets in clashes between mainly youth and soldiers in Hebron, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Salfit and Ramallah.
Israel has also attempted to decimate the Palestinian government, arresting eleven Palestinian legislators, including Finance Minister Dr. Omar Abdul-Razeq from Salfit in central West Bank, and legislators from Ramallah, Nablus and Jenin in the north and Hebron in the south. Youth were detained and taken to the Israeli military base near Hebron while many others were detained in Bethlehem.
The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights has reported that soldiers detained Professor Ibrahim Abdul-Sattar Qassem of the Najah University in Nablus, a prominent intellectual, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
A massive PR campaign has accompanied these war crimes in which the Zionists and the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others have upheld Israel’s so-called right to self-defence.
Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “No international pressure will prevent us from striking, with all force.” Essentially branding all of Gaza as terrorist, he said “no terrorist target is immune.”
U.S. President Obama said in a statement: “Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.” A White House spokesman said, “There are a number of relationships the United States has that we are willing to leverage in the region to try to bring about an end to the rocket fire that’s originating in Gaza.”
Canadian Prime Minister Harper said, “Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
“Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
On Friday night Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Liberal MP Marc Garneau were keynote speakers at a Zionist war rally in Ottawa. The NDP apologized for its non-attendence which they stated was due to “a scheduling conflict.”
In a further effort to stop Palestinian resistance while defending Israeli aggression, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the envoy for the Quartet (U.S., UN, Russia, European Union), flew into Cairo on July 12 for talks. Hamas however has rejected Egypt’s U.S.-backed military government as incapable of serving as a mediator; furthermore, they are failing to assist the Palestinians in their hour of need. Blair’s efforts to bring credibility to the Egyptians and put pressure on the Palestinians were also doomed to fail. Far from giving up their resistance struggle, Palestinians will curse Egypt for conciliating with the Israeli assault and not providing a humanitarian corridor to escape the assault.
These crimes and heinous justifications have been met with stepped up Palestinian resistance and worldwide opposition. This underscores the point that Israel’s position that it will pursue these crimes until the resistance is wiped out, is not only unattainable but also unsustainable. It will cause grave suffering and destruction, and isolate Israel like never before, but it will not wipe out the resistance.
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*Slightly edited for this publication