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Tue Oct 31 2023 (Updated 12/12/23)
Israel Decimates Gaza, Nearly 2M Palestinians Displaced
Seven Weeks of Israeli Blockade and Bombings Leaves Gazans Struggling to Survive
The state of Israel was in the process of normalizing relations with surrounding Arab nations, ignoring the aspirations of Palestinians in the occupied territories to live freely. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ultra-nationalist zionist government thought it could keep a lid on the Gaza Strip by supporting Hamas financially, in order to divide Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and sabotage a two-state solution, meanwhile expanding settlements and supporting settler-driven terror in the West Bank. That strategy was proven deadly wrong when Hamas broke through several points in the wall surrounding Gaza, as well as flying over it at dawn on October 7, launching an unprecedented attack utilizing paragliders, motorcyles, and other vehicles to swoop in and kill 1,200 Israelis and international travelers and take over 200 hostages.

Israel retaliated with a total blockade of Gaza cutting off food, water, electricity, and fuel supplies, collectively punishing Gaza's 2.3 million residents. In the first week alone, Israel dropped over 6,000 bombs and missiles on the Gaza Strip, more than the US dropped on the entire country of Afghanistan in any given year. The bombings have continued since, nearly 24 hours a day. Israel ordered all residents of northern Gaza to move south, and hundreds of thousands did at first while others tried to hold on, fearing a second Nakba and that they would never be allowed to return to their homes. Israel's far-right government ministers have openly advocated for genocide and mass expulsion of Palestinians, suggesting that all Gazans be permanently pushed into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, a "voluntary resettlement."

The level of destruction in Gaza in just seven weeks is staggering. Over 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced and face serious malnutrition and dehydration, as well as bombings in southern Gaza, which was promised by Israel to be safer. Nearly 15,000 have been killed, a third of whom are children, with tens of thousands injured. The actual death toll is certainly higher with many unaccounted for, likely buried under rubble as Israel levels entire neighborhoods. Around 50% of all residential housing in the strip has been destroyed. Water wells and other critical infrastructure has been permanently destroyed. Israel has killed 108 UN staff, at least 200 medical and aid workers, and over 65 journalists. It has bombed and raided hospitals, schools, churches, mosques, UN facilities and more, often where war refugees were seeking shelter from bombings elsewhere, allowing in barely enough supplies to keep the population from completely starving to death. Communications networks and internet access have gone dark repeatedly. Fears of an epidemic outbreak and general health emergency grow as the majority of hospitals have been forced to close and conditions continue to deteriorate.

Additionally, thousands of Gazans who worked in southern Israel were imprisoned, with multiple reports of beatings and denial of food and water. In the West Bank, Israel has abducted/arrested over three thousand Palestinians and killed more than 200. Israeli settlers have taken the war as a green light to attack Palestinians and have killed at least eight, including one child.

A four-day truce finally began on November 24, with Israeli hostages expected to be traded for imprisoned Palestinian women and children, tried in military courts without standard civil defense procedures, if not held without charges in "administrative detention." It is expected that more aid trucks will be allowed to enter the strip during the truce, but Israel has promised to continue its relentless war on Gaza once the truce ends.

Reports from the Gaza Strip:
article Israel bombs Gaza's only operating wheat mill | article Israel turns Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza into detention center | article Six premature babies dead as Gaza's hospitals attacked by Israel | article Israel targets school in Al-Shati refugee camp with white phosphorus | photo Thousands of Gaza workers go 'missing' in Israel amid wartime mass arrests | video photo Ignore Israeli and Western Propaganda, Palestinians in Gaza Need the Genocide to Stop | video Extremely Helpless as the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians Continues | photo Instagram / Facebook / Meta Censoring Palestinian Voices During Latest Israeli Siege on Gaza | photo Israeli Missiles Killed Eleven Journalists In Gaza In One Week | video photo Loved Ones Lost and Ordered by Israel to Leave Our Home in Gaza | video A Tiny Glimpse of the Terrors We Are Living in Gaza | video photo Almost Out of Water, Food, and Fuel, What Israel Is Doing to the Gaza Strip Is Genocide

Reports from the West Bank:
photo Israeli Attacks Across Occupied West Bank on November 18 | photo West Bank Update: Israeli Forces Abduct 59 Palestinians, Including Women, Injure Dozens | photo Headlines from the Occupied West Bank: IDF and Colonizers Continue Reign of Terror | photo Israeli Forces Abduct Seventy-One Palestinians in the West Bank | photo Israeli Army Kills Three Palestinians In Jenin | photo Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child In Beit Ummar | photo Palestinians in occupied West Bank face closures, harassment and attacks | photo Israeli Soldiers Shoot Ten Palestinians In Nablus | photo Israeli Colonizer Kills A Palestinian Man Near Salfit | photo Israeli Colonizers Abduct Two Palestinians, Burn Lands, Near Nablus | photo Israeli Colonizers Injure Five Palestinians Near Ramallah | photo Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinians Near Nablus | photo Israeli Colonizers Injure Many Palestinians Near Hebron | photo Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinians, Soldiers Injure Three In Jerusalem | photo October 24, 2023: Summary of Israeli Violations Against Palestinians in the Occupied West | photo Army Kills Six Palestinians, Including Four Children, In West Bank | photo Israeli Army Abducts 141 Palestinians From West Bank | photo Jewish extremists plan to "lynch" Palestinians in chat apps | photo Israeli Army Abducts 65 Palestinians In West Bank on October 16 | photo Israeli Soldiers Abduct 40 Palestinians In West Bank

photo Palestina: Gaza necesita nuestra ayuda | photo Call for nuke-free zone in MidEast a first as OIC blasts Israel, calls for real action | photo "Breaking AIPAC" | photo How much oil and gas does Palestine have? | photo México: Solidaridad con Palestina | photo Enlaces Red Latina sin fronteras: Palestina | photo Genocidio: La ética está muerta… | article The Israel-Palestine Conflict as an Echo of the Holocaust | photo Palestine Resists US-Sponsored Israeli Occupation-Pacifica's Capitalism, Race & Democracy | video Remembering the Nakba in Light of the Hamas Surprise Attack of October 2023 | article "Israel's 9/11" Is a Slogan to Rationalize Open-Ended Killing of Palestinian Civilians | article Israel Can't Imprison Two Million Gazans Without Paying a Cruel Price - Gideon Levy | article Congress Must Address the Root Cause of Violence and Stop Arming Israel

Further Information and Resources:
external United Nations/UNRWA Gaza updates | external Palestine Red Crescent Society | external ‘A mass assassination factory’: Inside Israel’s calculated bombing of Gaza | external Israel Knew Hamas’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago | external Inside West Bank district under harsh Israeli lockdown since Hamas attack | external Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war | external 'Arrested, tortured and insulted', say workers returned to Gaza by Israel | external Expel all Palestinians from Gaza, recommends Israeli gov’t ministry | external Netanyahu declares a ‘second war of independence’ as fears for Gazans grow | external Dirty secret of Israel’s weapons exports: They’re tested on Palestinians | external For years, Netanyahu propped up Hamas. Now it’s blown up in our faces | external Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It | article Gaza War Legal & Policy Resources

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