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Israel is waging war on Gaza and its own cities

Israel is waging war on Gaza and its own cities

Israel stepped up its assault on Gaza on Friday morning, deploying 160 warplanes as well as tanks and artillery massed at the border and firing around 450 missiles and shells. This massive firepower forced the residents of northern Gaza to flee their homes and seek refuge in Gaza City.

Israel is waging war on Gaza and its own cities


According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the strikes targeted more than 150 underground targets, including a network of tunnels, in northern Gaza. They followed airstrikes on Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other targets in the Gaza Strip - at least 800 in the past five days - that demolished five towers that house the headquarters, regional commands and senior Hamas commanders. The IDF claims to have largely wiped out Hamas and Islamic Jihad weapons production sites.

Israel's massive attack on a mostly defenseless people brought the death toll to 122, including 27 children, and the wounded to 830, according to Gaza's health ministry. On Thursday alone, 49 Palestinians were killed.

Nine people were killed in Israel, including a child and a soldier, highlighting the huge disparity in firepower between Palestinians and Israel's high-tech weaponry. Of the 1,700 primitive missiles launched from Gaza, most fall inside Gaza or are intercepted by Israel's permanently active air defense system, the Iron Dome.

Airstrikes have destroyed or severely damaged more than 200 homes and 24 schools in the past five days, according to the United Nations, while damage to pipelines and power cuts threaten already limited access to the city. drinking water and electricity.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: "We have not said our last word, and this operation will continue as long as necessary." The IDF drew up plans for a ground invasion of Gaza, telling its forces to "prepare for combat" and called in 16,000 reservists while canceling leave for all combat units.

Israel has experienced unprecedented levels of communal violence in the country. Netanyahu's far-right allies - including Lehava, racist hooligans known as La Familia, the Jewish Power and far-right settler groups - have unleashed themselves in Palestinian neighborhoods. They have provoked violent confrontations which risk turning into civil war.

TV footage and video clips posted on social media captured terrifying scenes of mobs of Jewish lynchers vandalizing and burning shops and cars, intimidating and beating Palestinians, as well as stabbing attacks, attacks on houses, shootings and riots. Police let these nationalist thugs run wild in Jerusalem, Lod, Ramle, Nasariya, Tiberias, Beersheba, Haifa and other towns and villages.

Some of the worst violence took place in Lod, a mixed-population town of 80,000, where a Palestinian was murdered on Monday. The release of three men suspected of committing the murder infuriated the Palestinians even more, leading to riots and violent clashes. On Wednesday evening, authorities declared a state of emergency in the city, imposed a nighttime curfew and brought in armed border police officers from the occupied West Bank. These measures failed to stem the violence and led to the stabbing attack on a Jewish man on Thursday morning.

Speaking late Thursday through Friday night in Lod, Netanyahu said: "We are facing a campaign on two fronts: in Gaza [and] in the cities of Israel."

He promised that the security services would have full latitude to use force to quell the riots in the country and told them not to worry about "commissions of inquiry, investigations and controls ... To suppress the rioters, you have to use force, a lot of force ”.

Netanyahu launched the opening salvo of a new ethnic cleansing operation like the one from 1947 to 1949. He said he was considering the use of administrative detention - commonly used in the occupied West Bank to detain Palestinians for long periods of time. without charge or access to a lawyer - and to deploy the military to maintain order. He added: "The information we have indicates that we may very well have an upsurge in violence here in the coming days."

Israeli police arrested Kamal al-Khatib, vice president of the Islamic Movement in Israel, after storming his home in the Galilee following a crackdown on protesters in northern Israel. Al-Khatib's arrest came after Palestinians reported that prominent activists had received threatening messages from Israeli intelligence agents. Al-Khatib was one of them. His son said: "Many people received text messages, including influential protesters, telling them that their presence had been recorded in al-Aqsa and that they would be held to account." It seems likely that the security services were using a GPS system, developed as a tracking and tracking system to control the pandemic,

The case comes as rights groups and activists are concerned that social media platforms Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are silencing Palestinian voices, after several posts reporting heightened tensions in Sheikh Jarrah have been deleted and several accounts suspended. Although Instagram claimed it was a widespread technical issue, Mona Shtaya, an official at 7amleh - an organization that focuses on the digital rights of Palestinians - told the "Middle East Eye" site that there was a systematic effort to remove Palestinian content from social media. She said the number of requests from the Israeli Cyber ​​Unit to social media companies to silence Palestinians has increased every year.

The escalating war on Gaza sparked protests of anger in the West Bank, where IDF soldiers killed at least 10 Palestinians. Some were killed in violent clashes with the security forces, while others were shot dead simply on suspicion of “terrorism”. On Thursday, IDF soldiers shot dead two Palestinians and wounded 150 others in clashes with security forces in West Bank towns, according to the health ministry in Ramallah.

Incidents also took place at the Jordanian and Lebanese borders. Israel claimed that its tanks fired warning shots at rioters, some of whom were waving Hezbollah flags, who crossed into Israel. Lebanon confirmed that the IDF killed one of the demonstrators holding a Palestinian flag and injured another. This follows the firing of three Grad rockets from Lebanon which fell into the sea without hitting anything, underlining the risk of opening another front.

Thousands of Jordanians traveled by car and bus to the Jordanian border with Israel in a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians that was far larger than those seen in Israel's three wars against Gaza. They called on the Jordanian government to open the border, the security of which has been tightened since attacks on worshipers inside the al-Aqsa mosque compound during Ramadan. Riot police blocked their way before they could reach the border. Jordanians have also been demonstrating for several days near the Israeli embassy in Amman as part of one of the largest protests in the region, calling on the government to repeal the peace treaty with Israel,

Israel's actions provoked opposition from Jewish Israelis. Hundreds of Jews joined Palestinians in protests in Jerusalem and neighboring towns against threats of eviction to Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli violence and the continued occupation of Palestinian territories. They call for an immediate ceasefire.

Demonstrations against Israel's war on Gaza have taken place around the world and an international day of protest for the Palestinians is scheduled for today, Saturday. This obviously made some countries nervous. Gérald Darmanin, the French Minister of the Interior, has ordered the police to ban the demonstration in Paris and the German police are trying to qualify the demonstration as anti-Semitic. In Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and made arrests

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