At this writing we have seen a brutal 51 day Israeli blitzkrieg-like siege of the Gaza Strip temporarily ended with a cease-fire. The toll in death and misery has been extensive for the people residing in such a small heavily populated area. As it stands 2,231 Gazans have been killed by bombs, bullets, and airstrikes, thousands more have been wounded, often critically. Most of the casulities have been innocent men, women, and children, along with perhaps 600 Hamas fighters.
The invasion of Gaza is a tragedy of unequal preportions: Israel lost 68 soldiers, three civilians, and one foreign worker, and so far claimed no significant property loss. Whereas Gaza has been devastated and punished to an extreme by the destruction of 10,000 private residences, and somewhat over 30,000 severely damaged or destoyed other structures to include 1,440 schools, hospitals, clinics and other public facilities necessary for the wellbeing of…
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Now that the dust has partly settled on Gaze for the third time in six years what do we see, and what is the cost?
We sadly observe 1,989 Palestinians deaths. Inclusive in this figure are the 15 killed during demonstrations in the West Bank and Israel in support of Hamas. The U. N. estimates seventy-five percent of the individuals destroyed by the Israeli war machine were civilians and of those approximately 30% were Children. Overall 16,000 Gazans were wounded, nearly 10,000 homes destroyed, approximately 30,000 damaged, and 1,440 schools and public facilities demolished as well as 14 healthCare Centers gone, 29 ambulances damaged or destroyed. Further, a Muslim Univerary was destroyed and the Central Power Plant turned into ruble leaving community with nonexistent or extremely limited electricity, water, and waste disposal capability. Living in Gaze has become treacherous with unexploded ordnance lying about in the streets and…
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