Ever since Gaza first came to be, Israel has been exploiting the Palestinian territory and its residents for its own devious purposes. Israel used Gaza to develop all sorts of new technologies and strategies for global enslavement, rendering it a type of testing ground or open-air concentration camp for human rights abuses.
Roughly 2.3 million people live in Gaza, which was besieged by Israel in 2007 following the election of Hamas to its government. It was then that Israel really ramped up its crimes against humanity, using the Palestinian people as human test subjects in all types of war crimes.
Then came the recent Hamas attack, which Israel was eager to use as an excuse to basically go in and gut the place entirely. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been salivating for years over the prospect of annexing Gaza, and this latest Hamas stunt seemingly provides the ammunition he needs to get what he wants.
"Even in 'quiet' times, its inhabitants – one million of them children – are denied the most basic freedoms, such as the right to movement; access to proper health care because medicines and equipment cannot be brought in; access to drinkable water; and the use of electricity for much of the day because Israel keeps bombing Gaza's power station," writes Jonathan Cook for Declassified UK about how Israel mistreats Gaza.
(Related: According to Israel, Palestinians are just "human animals" unworthy of basic life necessities.)
In more recent years, the narrative against Gaza has gotten even more extreme to the point where Israeli politicians and their supporters around the world are now openly calling for mass genocide of the entire territory because Israel's existence is supposedly threatened by their presence.
What was once unthinkable and considered to absolutely constitute war crimes is now becoming the norm – and especially since 9/11 when the Israeli-occupied United States government launched the "war on terror," effectively bypassing the longtime rules of war that previously protected people like the Palestinians from heinous aggression.
"Israel has never made any bones of the fact that it is punishing the people of Gaza for being ruled by Hamas, which rejects Israel's right to have dispossessed the Palestinians of their homeland in 1948 and imprisoned them in overcrowded ghettos like Gaza," Cook explains.
"What Israel is doing to Gaza is the very definition of collective punishment. It is a war crime: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of every year, for 16 years ... And yet no one in the so-called international community seems to have noticed."
Then came the calls of "antisemitism" against anyone who dares to call out Israel for its abhorrent mistreatment of its enemies. Somehow, Israel is the only country and people group in the world that is able to get away with such tactics, which are merely an excuse to justify Israeli supremacist acts on the world stage.
"The clear implication from politicians and the establishment media is that any support for Palestinian rights, any demurral from Israel's 'unquestionable right' to commit war crimes, equates to antisemitism," Cook notes.
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