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Gaza massacre

By USMAN KHAN January 13, 2009

For the past fortnight we have been horrified by the images of bloodied bodies of innocent Palestinian men, women and children, brutally killed by the military might of the state of Israel. These images show the fraction of the destruction being caused due to the ban by the Israeli government on the foreign journalists and reporters in Gaza, despite of the ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court to allow access to the foreign journalists into Gaza. Moreover, the delayed intervention by the international community has compounded the misery of the Palestinians.
After winning the elections Hamas has sought international credibility but its political position of refusing to recognise Israel and renounce violence was not acceptable to the west and left it isolated. Two years ago Israel declared Gaza as a Hostile Territory. Since then, Israel had planned to collectively punish the people of Gaza by putting the Strip under siege by isolating it economically, commercially, politically and diplomatically.
The political position of the Fatah movement controlling the West Bank didn't help much in curbing the isolation of Gaza due to the differences between Hamas and Fatah movement. There is a need to understand this crisis in the context of Israeli power politics and the prestige of the Israeli armed forces. After the humiliating defeat of Israel by a guerrilla force Hezbollah there was an immense Public pressure on the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who belongs to Kidima party, to resign. The Israeli armed forces also got their share of humiliation.

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