The UN mandate which created Israel left 48% o the land for Palestinians. Israel has stolen and Illegally occupied all but 12%.
The terms of the ceasefire were that Israel would end the economic blockade and open the borders for commerce. It failed to do so. Hamas was fighting
to lift the blockade and that any agreement to end the rocket attacks was voluntary because Israel failed to honor their commitment. In point of fact,
it was Israel who broke the ceasefire on November 4 by firing first. This was reported widely on international media outlets and fact checked by CNN
The Damage to Gaza done by Israel is estimated to require roughly US$2 Billion to repair. A meeting in March will be held in Egypt to coordinate
funding and organization of the rebuild.
Under the rules of the Geneva Conventions, Israel as the occupying force, is obligated to provide for the needs of the Occupied refuges, Food, water,
shelter etc. The UN agrees that Israel is failing to meet it's obligations. Only a small portion of the supplies are getting to the Palestinian
refugees. The Blockade continues despite the violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Israel still controls every person, every good, literally every drop of water to enter or leave the Gaza Strip. This is confirmed by the international
group Human Rights Watch. The Oslo Accord gave Israel the right to control the Gaza/Egypt border and official documents such as passports, I.D. cards,
export and import papers, and many others have to be approved by the Israeli army. Israel approves all immigration to and emigration from, as well as
entry by foreigners, imports and exports, and collection and reimbursement of value-added tax always via Israel. Nice that Israel taxes the refugees.
It is this total border control by Israel that prevented foreign journalists from reporting from Gaza during the conflict. Israel does not want anyone
to see what they are doing. We all know about the Illegal use of white phosphorus bombs and the UN has since collected evidence of further
international violations such as the illegal use of cluster bombs and Flechett bombs.
Some world leaders have compared Gaza to a concentration camp. Others have compared it to the Warsaw Ghettos of Nazi Germany, where the Jews fought in
tunnels for freedom from oppression, much like Hamas does in Gaza. Palestinians are forced to live in a system of Apartheid, just like the one that
was abolished as racist in South Africa.
As for Jimmy Carter... Whether or not you like the former President and Nobel Peace Price recipient, his words have meaning even if Zionists don't
"Peace will come when Israel grants to Palestine only that which Israel demands for itself; a right to exist and a nation of their
60 years of misery and death have resulted from Israel's basic hypocrisy of demanding recognition while refusing to give it."
Again, the UN
mandate that created Israel, left 48% of the land for Palestinians. It is time to end the hypocrisy and return that land so a Palestinian state can be
created. International law requires Israel to end the illegal occupation.