Israel Stoking More Conflict With Gaza
by Stephen Lendman
Three Israeli wars of aggression on illegally besieged Gaza since December 2008 perhaps aren't enough for Israel's killing machine.
Repeated inter-war ground, air and sea attacks occur regularly. Is Israel preparing the ground for another major assault - blaming Gazan victims like it always does for its high crimes against peace?
On Wednesday, Israeli tanks shelled two Hamas watchtowers provocatively. Senior Hamas official Musheer al-Masri called the attacks "dangerous developments and an obvious breach of the ceasefire in Gaza."
"The Israeli occupation should avoid testing the Palestinian resistance. The enemy should realize that the toll would be in proportion to the Israeli crimes."
"The Israeli escalation is a new development, and the Palestinian resistance is (deciding) how to react."
Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades responded with mortar fire on an Israeli bulldozer. An Interior Ministry source reported no casualties, just damage.
Islamic Jihad spokesman, Daud Shihab, said "Israel has not ceased its hostilities against the Palestinian people since the ceasefire was agreed on in 2014."
"There are continued onslaughts and infiltrations in both Gaza and the West Bank and in other locations in Palestine."
Gaza remains illegally blockaded since June 2007 - for political, not security reasons. According to an April UN report, about 75,000 Palestinians remain displaced from Israel's summer 2014 naked aggression.
Affected families are forced to "liv(e) in store rooms, unfinished units, substandard apartments in relatives' or neighbors' buildings" or wherever else they can find shelter.
Some live in damaged homes, others in prefabricated shelters. War and displacement affected women and children hardest.
Over 30% of displaced females "liv(e) in shelter conditions…lacking safety, dignity and privacy, including tents, makeshift shelters, destroyed houses or the open air."
Nearly all affected families lack resources and construction supplies to rebuild. Most funds pledged for reconstruction weren't delivered.
Israel blocks or greatly restricts building supplies entering the Strip on the phony pretext of being useful to Hamas or other resistance groups.
The UN warned "(a)t the present rate, it will take years to address the massive reconstruction and repair needs, adding to the general frustration of the population following years of movement restrictions, rising unemployment and poverty."
Gazans suffer hugely under open-air prison conditions. Israel attacks the Strip at its discretion.
Are things heading for another war? Does Israel want remaining parts of Gaza turned to rubble - thousands more of its residents slaughtered or injured?
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