Israel again strikes Gaza
IN its latest bombing spree on innocent Palestinians, the Israeli fighter jets hit four sites in the Gaza strip on Saturday. The justification given by the Israeli side was that the strike was carried out in retaliation to a stray fire from the Palestinian side. Under one pretext or the other, the Israeli side has been persecuting and targeting the unarmed and innocent Palestinians for the last many decades and the deplorable part is that the so-called flag bearers of human rights as well as major capitals during all these times have done nothing to heal the wounds of the Palestinians rather emboldened the occupying forces to go ahead with its brutal, cold blooded campaign.
Perhaps these strikes on the Palestinian territory will continue as long as dream of a separate Palestinian state is not realised. Since the war of 1967, Palestinians have accepted the reality of Israel within the 1948 boundaries. The land dispute increasingly focuses on Israel’s occupation of the remaining territories — the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Bait ul Muqadas. UN Resolutions 242 and 338 stipulate that Israel must withdraw completely from these territories. Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, but continues to build many settlements in the other territoriesactions deemed illegal by virtually all UN member states. Like Kashmir dispute, the Palestinians, generation after generation have only seen broken promises and brutal oppression but all this has not suppressed their desire and struggle to get a separate homeland where they can live with honour and dignity but failed due to the double standards of some important western powers. Unbridled Israeli hostilities have forced millions of Palestinians to live as refugees in other countries while those who opted not to leave their land continue to brave inhuman Israeli atrocities on daily basis with no rescue in sight. We will appeal to the UN to pay heed to plight of Palestinians and take steps towards resolution of the dispute by engaging concerned parties. Resolution of this longstanding dispute is crucial for lasting peace in the Middle East.
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