Out of this devastation, a victory
The rockets and bombs stopped at 16:00 hours GMT on the 26th of August 2014, marking the end of Israel’s terror campaign on the Palestinian people in Gaza. There was no formal announcement from Cairo as advertised. Israel remained silent bth in print and on TV and Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah to outline his ‘unconventional’ plan for peace.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out first in Gaza, then in the rest of Palestine. Many of those interviewed in Gaza that had lost loved ones and homes, were unanimous in celebrating the victory and praising and thanking the resistance.
At this moment of time, let us all give the unbelievably brave people of Gaza the time and space to celebrate. Yes, the price has been astronomical, both interms of death and injury and in the destruction. Israel showed its true colours, a violent, callus, colonialist occupier with a supremacy and arrogance unmatched in the whole world. The hatred that its campaign in Gaza has generated could be felt for generations to come.Almost 60 families in Gaza were wiped off the national register. Over 500 children have been killed and a total of over 2,100 Palestinians were killed. The over 10,000 injured, many with permanent disabilities and the destruction to homes, hospitals, mosques, water and electricity services is simply obscene.
The reason Palestinians claim a victory despite the above is that Israel failed to achieve any of stated and often changing objectives. Rockets were launched, reaching Tel Aviv right up to the ceasefire. The extent of damage to the ‘tunnels’ is unsubstantiated and the resistance groups have not been disarmed.
The resistance groups did not start or invite this attack. Israel used he pretext of the kidnapping and killing of three settlers to attack Palestinians, first in the West Bank, then in Gaza. Its murderous armed forces killed mainly civilians while the Israeli dead were almost all military personnel. Therefore the terror came from the IDF not the Palestinians.
Israel ends this war defeated, exposed as a racist, brutal occupier, under increasing isolation and facing an escalating Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS). Its multi-billion dollar arsenal of weapons, which it unleashed without mercy failed to bring it victory. Its leaders are now seen as failures, including Netanyahu.
The Palestinians come out of this war more united. This should help them achieve a just peace as the deterrence factor which the resistance holds is now a strong card in their hands. The Investigative Committee into Israel’s war crimes will confirm that war crimes were committed. The Palestinians are now on the verge of signing the Rome Statutes and therefore bring cases against Israel to the International Criminal Court.
So on balance, the Palestinians can celebrate a famous victory. This battle may be over but the war for liberation continues and freedom could be just that bit closer.