Saturday, 11 July 2015


Israel-Gaza crisis is a part of the Israel-Palestinian conflict that began in the twentieth century. The key issues of conflict are mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlement and Palestinian freedom of movement. Since 2006, the Palestinian side has been fractured by conflict between the two major factions: Fatah, the traditionally dominant party, and its later electoral challenger, Hamas.

In 2007, the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians preferred a two-state solution as a means of resolving the conflict. However mutual distrust and disagreements over basic issues are deep, as is the reciprocal scepticism about the other side’s commitment to upholding obligations in any eventual agreement. A hallmark of the conflict is the level of violence witnessed for virtually its entire duration. Casualties have not been restricted to the military, with a large number of fatalities in civilian population on both sides.

A number of legal issues concerning the conflict have arisen during course of the fighting. Various human rights groups have argued that both Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli targeted destruction of homes of Hamas and other militia members violate international humanitarian law and might constitute war crimes.

The question is that if Hamas is a responsible, democratically elected political organization and wishes to serve the people, why does it violate the ceasefire, thereby provoking Israel to attack Gaza? Hamas-a terrorist organization elected in a democratic country-is of great harm to Gaza. Its motive is surely non-humanitarian as it wants to establish an Islamic state solely and wipe out the Jews.

The media reports on this issue have been very biased, showing Israel as a protector and Gaza as a destroyer. If Israel has the right to defend itself by launching air strikes that have destroyed Palestinian homes and schools, then surely Palestine has the right to protect them from the brutal and escalating Israeli violence.

Sambhavi Ganesh

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