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Are the killings of women and children a real victory on terror?

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16.11.2019

Israeli officials have been boasting about their “great victory” over “terror” in the Gaza Strip following their two-day onslaught in Gaza, during which they killed, according to an official statistic, 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women, and wounded 111 others, including 51 children and 11 women.

After ending the offensive, code-named Operation Black Belt, the head of the Arab media division of the Israeli Defence Force’s Spokesperson’s Unit, Avichay Adraee, posted on Twitter “a tangible attack was aimed at the control and command system of the Islamic Jihad.” He also added “tens of terror infrastructures and military bases below and above ground were targeted in addition to marine sites.”

Showing that every target was thoroughly pre-examined and intentionally attacked, Adraee announced “the attacks were surgical and relied on intelligence and operational capabilities.”

At the end of the offensive, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli Security Forces (Shin Bet) and touted their “success”. While touring a military site, he assertedour enemies received the message: we can reach everyone. We can reach everyone, even in their bed. I hope that this lesson will be learned.”

The defence minister, Naftali Bennet, stated “the new rules of the game are clear: the IDF will operate with complete freedom of action, with no restrictions. A terrorist who tries to hurt the citizens of Israel will no longer be able to sleep peacefully, neither in his home nor in his bed, nor anywhere in hiding.”

The situation on the ground paints a very difference picture. Regardless of the purposes and expected political gains behind Netanyahu’s “mafia-style behaviour” and “lawless acts”, the offensive on Gaza consisted of a number of massacres carried out mostly against innocent civilians, and according to international law, are classified as war crimes.

With regards to the first strike, which targeted........

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