Israel’s war on Gaza is a massacre on a huge scale. At the beginning of this week the Palestinian death toll stood at over 10,000 people. So many people have been killed that thousands of people are being buried without funerals.
As bombs continue to flatten Gaza, Israel’s ground invasion circled Gaza City and cut off roads between the north and south of the strip. Nowhere is safe from Israeli bombs. Israeli military planes drop leaflets on people in Gaza instructing them to evacuate and head south.
But Palestinians cannot escape the massacres wherever they go. Bombs killed at least 45 people at the Maghazi refugee camp last Saturday—an area Israel told Palestinians to evacuate. And some 53 people sheltering in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp in central Gaza were slaughtered by Israeli air strikes on Sunday.
The Israeli state is also targeting patients, hospitals and health workers. An air strike last Friday targeted an ambulance convoy near the al-Shifa hospital, just outside Gaza City. Israeli forces boasted of the attack saying the ambulances were used by Hamas.
Israel also bombed buildings surrounding the hospital, which is sheltering some 40,000 people. With food and water now desperately short, Gazans say Israel is intentionally starving them. Journalist Bisan Owda wrote on social media last Sunday night, “Even if we survive the white phosphorus.
“Even if we survive the bombing of our homes and hospitals, there is no water, no food. The only thing we have is the salty water from the sea. They are trying to kill people by hunger by making them thirsty and sick. They are trying to kill a million people by hunger.
“There is no aid. There is zero aid.” Israeli once again blocked all communications from Gaza on Sunday night. The repeated attempts by the state to shut off communication is a deliberate attempt to cover up its daily atrocities.
High profile United Nations (UN) commissioner for human rights Craig Mokhiber resigned from his job at at the end of last month after stating that the West was “complicit in genocide.”
In his resignation statement he wrote that striving for a two-state solution has become an “open joke” in the UN. Mokhiber added that this would be an “impossibility” and a “total failure to account for the inalienable human rights of the Palestinian people.”
Israel dropped a bomb on a car in southern Lebanon last Sunday, killing three children and their grandmother. Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah have been clashing with Israeli forces for the past month. Hassan Fadlallah, Hezbollah leader, said the attack was a “dangerous development.”
Israel’s secret plans for the Palestinians
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to push the Palestinians into the Sinai desert. A report compiled by the Israeli intelligence agency, dated 13 October, detailed a plan to expel over two million people to the Egyptian Sinai peninsula.
The document proposes that Palestinians should first be forced into “tent cities” in an area of Sinai. It also advocated for a buffer zone to be built between Egypt and Israel to try to stop any Palestinians from being able to return home.
The report said the plan would “yield positive, long-term strategic outcomes for Israel.” While Netanyahu played down the report, it’s what he undoubtedly wants to happen. He has for years been trying to persuade European leaders to put pressure on Egyptian leaders to accept Palestinian refugees.
Builders tortured and thrown into jail cells
Palestinians that work in Israel have been interrogated and tortured by Israeli security since Hamas’s 7 October attacks. The workers are mainly employed in the Israeli construction industry.
Zaki Salameh is one of the 18,500 residents of Gaza who are forced to endure the humiliation of crossing checkpoints and borders to get to work in Israel. He said that he was arrested and then tagged with a bracelet with a number on it.
He was then thrown into the Ofer prison, run by the Israeli prison service in the occupied West Bank. “The Israelis asked us strange questions,” said Salameh. “They wanted to know where the Hamas tunnels are located, where the rocket launchers are placed and how the fighters move in and around Gaza.”
“Some of the young men were tortured and insulted in a very brutal way,” Salameh said. “The questions were ridiculous. The Israelis know exactly who we are, and if we had any ties to Hamas, we wouldn’t even be granted the work permits.”
Minister says dropping nuclear bomb on Gaza is ‘possibility’
An Israeli government minister has said that one of Israel’s options is to drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza. Asked in a radio interview last Saturday whether an atomic bomb should be used, heritage minister Amichai Eliyahu said, “This is one of the possibilities.”
Israel has always refused to admit that it has nuclear weapons. But it is widely believed to have between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads that could be launched by aircraft, ships and submarines. In his interview, Eliyahu, who comes from Itamar Ben Gvir’s far right party, did not even pause to wonder whether Israel had nuclear bombs.
He also opposed food or water or medical supplies entering Gaza. He said, “We wouldn’t hand the Nazis humanitarian aid,” and added, “There is no such thing as uninvolved civilians in Gaza.” That’s a call to eliminate everyone, it’s a genocidal message.
Asked about the fate of the Palestinian population, he said, “They can go to Ireland or deserts, the monsters in Gaza should find a solution by themselves.” Anyone waving a Palestinian or Hamas flag “shouldn’t continue living on the face of the Earth,” he went on.
Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the minister’s words were “not based in reality” and suspended—not sacked—him from his post. That’s not because there is a serious difference at the top of Israel’s government. Israel forces are every minute exterminating Palestinians and acting as if everyone in Gaza is a target.
US sends in nuclear subs
The us Navy has sent a guided missile submarine to the Middle East. The vessel can launch nuclear missiles and is part of president Joe Biden’s show of force—and backing for Israel. The US has already moved two aircraft carriers and many fighter aircraft to the region. It has also announced the deployment of around 1,000 soldiers—and a number of “special commandos”.
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