Many Americans and the Westerners are out rallying against the massacre while most of the mainstream media is tight lipped or tend to misreport, yet finger pointing towards Hamas keeps them busy, at least.
Canada and the US officially stand with the mighty Israel, a country, already blessed with highly professional military force including its talented Air force and the expert Navy of course.
On the other side is Hamas equipped with local police force and the ammunition including locally made missiles of much inferior quality having poor delivery for lack of precision - missing targets many a times. Thus, there is no comparison between the strength of two nations in the region.
The Gaza Strip is a Palestinian region on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders with Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the (East and North) along a 51 km long border. Sunni Muslims make up the predominant part of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.
Angry Israel didn’t tolerate kidnapping of three of its men by Hamas. However, the available evidence suggests otherwise as the alleged kidnapping was not authorised by Hamas' political leadership. The evidence indicates that it was carried out by the powerful Hebron clan which have been carrying out such nasty/rogue attacks in opposition to the Hamas leadership. Unfortunately, the irresponsible kidnapping by the said clan actually triggered an all out aggression against the innocent population of Gaza. Israeli warplanes went ahead intensifying strikes against Hamas, killing hundreds and injuring thousands, while the ground troops advanced deeper into Gaza to widen ground battle.
The bitter fact is the Gazans have been suffering from shortage of food, gasoline, power, medical supplies and building materials throughout the ongoing harshly enforced eight-year siege.
Reacting to the misadventure of Hebron clan and to the murder of three of abducted men is not a sound reason to kill so many Gazans along with so much of property damage.
Historically, during the 1947-48 war, nearly 700,000 Arabs left due to fear, deception and propaganda; they were displaced and their villages were destroyed. More than 60 percent of the total Palestinian population was expelled. “More than 530 Palestinian villages were depopulated and completely destroyed.”
Loss of Palestinian land: 1916-1948 Jewish National Fund purchases 6% of the land near Jerusalem. 1929-1947: 30% of Palestinian lands were confiscated due to registration regulations. 1947: 55% of Palestinian lands were lost to the U.N. Partition plan. 1948: 70% of lands were lost after 1947 war. 1967 to present: 85% of lands have been taken due to restriction of access to land, annexation, settlement expansion, and refugee laws.
The Nakba: In 1948, approximately 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled to outer Palestine, from Jaffa, Haifa and West Jerusalem to Gaza and the West Bank, or to other countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt in four distinct waves. The Naksa: In 1967, after the 6-day war had destroyed the villages of Imwas, Yalo, Beit Nuba, Surit, Beit Awwa, Beit Mirshum, Shuyukh, Jiftlik, Agarith and Huseirat, approximately 300,000 refugees fled to Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Current estimates put the Palestinian refugee count at 6 million people. Some of these reside in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Since 1948, the World Community has recognized the Right of Return to Palestine under the U.N. Resolution 194.
However, Israel has created its own complicated residency laws, making it almost impossible for the Palestinians to return to lands owned for hundreds of generations by their native forefathers.
Therefore, placing “the criminal” and “the victim of criminality” in the same boat is totally unfair. And, manipulating to transfer the blame is a sign of dead conscience, yet the so called democracies don’t mind practising the malpractice.
Ridiculously, the impotent OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference) and the Arab League have been neglecting to safeguard the Muslim lands. The divided Umma offers a perfect environment to the foreign strategists.
Furthermore, the Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols of 1949-2005 are at the core of international humanitarian law. The body of international law regulates the conduct of armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. They specifically protect people who are not taking part in the hostilities. Sadly, the Geneva conventions too have little or no value at all.
Since all the World powers are legally obligated to follow the UNO resolutions, the UN Security Council must be able to broker a workable peace deal to satisfy the parties to the current war. Unless the defenseless Palestinians are treated humanely, there is no perpetual global peace.