US students to commemorate fourth anniversary of Israel’s Gaza invasion

Thursday January 17, 2013 10:42 by IMEMC Staff

Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the end of ‘Operation Cast Lead’, a three week long Israeli assault on Gaza that resulted in 1400 Palestinians, including 340 children, and 14 Israelis killed.

Penn for Palestine students protest attack on Gaza (image by Penn for Palestine)

Human rights groups estimate that 83% of the Palestinian casualties during the Israeli invasion were civilians. Of the Israelis killed, 9 were soldiers and 5 were civilians.

‘Penn for Palestine’, a student group at Penn State University in the US, is one of dozens of schools planning to commemorate the day with a vigil on their campus.

In their campus newspaper, the student group printed an article that included the following explanation of why they are holding this commemoration:

Noam Chomsky likened Cast Lead to a massacre, insisting that “Operation Cast Lead [was] sheer criminal aggression, with no credible pretext.”

In addition, the Israeli military targeted crucial Palestinian infrastructure and destroyed thousands of homes, the leading university, 45 mosques, the Palestinian Legislative Council, the ministries of education and justice, 280 schools, a Red Crescent Hospital and dozens of ambulances and clinics, as well as thousands of factories and small businesses.

Four years later, many have yet to be rebuilt due to the Israeli-imposed blockade. According to the World Food Progamme, 35 to 60 percent of Gaza’s agricultural infrastructure and 60 percent of arable land are no longer usable for crops due to Cast Lead.

Amnesty International also reported that Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel during this time, killing three Israeli civilians and injuring dozens of others.

However, the massive, wanton destruction wreaked by the Israeli military — often with the use of high-precision weapons and advanced aircraft technology against a refugee and civilian population — was beyond excessive, breached international law and “could not be justified on grounds of ‘military necessity,’” according to Amnesty International.

Donatella Rovera, who led Amnesty International’s investigation of Cast Lead, concluded that, “The deaths of so many children and other civilians cannot be dismissed simply as ‘collateral damage,’ as argued by Israel.”

In 2012, the population of Gaza, still struggling to recover from Cast Lead, faced another onslaught of destruction from Israeli forces. Beginning Nov. 14, the Israeli military launched over 1,500 airstrikes. Although the mission was justified on defensive grounds, the Israeli military and administration once again demonstrated a reckless disregard for Palestinian lives.

As the more recent Operation Pillar of Defense began, Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai publicly called for the Israeli army to “blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water.” The following day, Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, called for Israel to “flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza.”

After over a week of exchanging fire, more than 160 Palestinians were dead — many of whom were civilians, women and children — as well as six Israelis, including four civilians. The damage done to Gazan infrastructure during the airstrike is currently estimated at $1.2 billion.

Gaza represents one of the most densely-populated and impoverished parcels of land in the world, and these hardships are compounded by the effects of the five-year siege that severely restricts access to building materials, medical supplies, food and humanitarian assistance.

The most recent destruction of human life and livelihood in Gaza and Israel is a testament to the fact that we have not learned from the horrors of the past.

Sometimes, it would be much easier to bury the past — especially when many of us can write off the events in Gaza as a distant and irrelevant occurrence. Yet it was American tax dollars that largely funded the Israeli weapons which wiped out so many civilian lives. And for those of us who seek peace, we know no true resolution can come without holding the past accountable.

Now, more than ever, the graves of the Palestinian and Israeli victims are far too shallow — and too numerous — to ignore.

Penn for Palestine is a student organization that aims to raise awareness on all issues related to Palestine. Its email address is pennforpalestine[at]

For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:

The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine


  • The “Rocket” from Gaza MythPhotography
  • More facts about the Rocket from Gaza MythsStorify
  • Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
  • Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
  • Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
  • Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This



Click on the thumbnails to view the full albums

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 21, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 20, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 19, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 18, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 17, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 16, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 15, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 14, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 11, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 10, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 8, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Nov 5, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct 29, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct 28, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct 24, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct 22, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct 7, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Sept 29, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Sept 19, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Sept 10, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack – Sept 6, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Aug 5, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack July 12, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack June 23, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack June 1-22, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack May 17, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack April 4, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 14, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 13, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 12, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 11, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 10, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack March 20, 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack February 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack January 2012

Photos #GazaUnderAttack December 2011

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Oct & Nov 2011

Photos #GazaUnderAttack Aug-Sept 2011

PHOTOS | Israel’s Massacre Cast Lead on Gaza 2008-2009



Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: