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Bombing Innocent Children, in Gaza is not ‘Defence’ It Constitutes a Grievous War Crime.

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The Gaza Strip is an area of about 365 sq km and is home to 2.3 million Palestinians, about half of whom are children. The number of people killed in Gaza since October 7th is already 84% higher than the total number of Palestinians killed in the 50-day conflict in 2014 and according to UNICEF children and women make up 60% of the casualties. Gaza authorities say that the approximate number killed is at least 5,087 and that includes 2,055 children and more than 15,000 people have been wounded.

A senior advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, Mark Regev, however, said that “the IDF does not target civilian structures”. Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner General of the UN, and head of the UN Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) has reported that at least six people were killed when a UNRWA school being used as a shelter, was hit in the al-Maghazi camp in the middle region of the embattled Gaza Strip.

“Dozens were injured (including UNRWA staff) and severe structural damage was caused to the school”, he said. “The numbers are likely to be higher. This is outrageous, and it again shows a flagrant disregard for the lives of civilians.”

No place is safe in Gaza anymore, he warned, stressing that it was hit as Israeli airstrikes and bombardment continue, “At least 4,000 people have taken refuge in this UNRWA school turned shelter. They had and still have nowhere else to go.”

Opposing Views

Of course, there will always be opposing views on all topics, but the barbaric actions that lead to the deaths and injuries of innocent children, is arguably one topic we should all be in agreement about. Clearly, and shockingly not.

Displaced children

A child in war has all sense of security ravaged – and having to flee the familiarity of a home in the middle of the night as neighbours cry and scream in fear and missiles rain down piles trauma on trauma, said Al Jazeera.

The estimated 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Gaza, around half of them children, who have had to flee from their homes in terror are taking refuge in other designated emergency shelters (DES) in increasingly dire conditions. Many of these shelters are overcrowded with extremely limited access to water, sanitation, and hygiene – conditions that are especially dangerous for young children.

Source https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/10/1142432

The mother of one family who had taken refuge in a United Nations school, Naima Fares spoke of her experiences “We used to tell our kids there’s no safer place than home, but this war has broken all the rules. On the second day, we ran out of our house with nothing, not even a change of clothes.”

Fares said her children have been in a state of shock since that night, and she has had difficulties trying to keep them calm and distract them from the sounds of explosions, but with constant sounds of missiles and an overcrowded, this is difficult as it means there are children screaming all day and night,

Fares’s daughter Haneen says living in one is not making her feel secure.

Fares said “We can’t get a minute of peace or rest.” and her son, cannot get the images of children killed or under the rubble out of his head, much less the images of injured children screaming in pain.

The young boy said “I can’t imagine how children with such small bodies can bear these huge missiles,” he said. “I can’t understand how nobody does anything to help them.” “The children of Gaza have a right to live. They took everything from us.”

UNICEF

They did take everything from them, due to orders from Netanyahu to cut vital essentials of food, water, fuel, and even electricity, which UNICEF says has also exacerbated food scarcity, making refrigeration impossible, and now with “the cutting of water to Gaza it means many children are now resorting to contaminated water sources.”

Although UNICEF supplied 44,000 bottles of drinking water on Saturday the 21st of October which managed to be driven through Rafah Crossing as part of the first 20-truck convoy since October 7th, this is only just enough for 22,000 people for 1 day, and now, according to Executive Director Catherine Russell One million children in Gaza are facing a critical protection and humanitarian crisis, the delivery of water is a matter of life or death. “Every minute counts,” she said (Source).

Although “This first, limited water will save lives, but the needs are immediate and immense – not just for water, but for food, fuel, medicine, and essential goods and services. Unless we can provide humanitarian supplies consistently, we face the real threat of life-threatening disease outbreaks.”

DEPRESSION, GRIEF AND FEAR

Moreover, the psychological impact on civilians and our children will also be catastrophic,” said Mohammad Abu Rukbeh, a senior Gaza field researcher at DCI’s Palestine branch. According to the NGO, the psychological toll on children who have survived the air strikes in Gaza is compounded by pre-existing traumas sustained from a 16-year siege on the strip.

In the Gaza Strip, children’s ages are measured by how many Israeli assaults they have been through. About half of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million is under 18, and the current offensive is Israel’s fifth major one in 15 years (source). The constant trauma according to a report by Save the Children, titled “Trapped” has resulted in:

  • Four out of five children in Gaza are living with depression, grief, and fear,
  • A huge increase in children who reported feeling fearful (84%),
  • 80% of children feeling nervous,
  • 77% feel sad or depressed
  • 78% of children were grieving.
  • Three out of five children were self-harming
  • More than half struggled with suicidal thoughts and the trauma of witnessing the deaths of other children
  • More than half of Gaza’s children have contemplated suicide.

It is no wonder that the children of Gaza are suffering psychological issues when they fear losing their parents, families, and friends. Tragically, their fear is all too often becomes reality.

Children Should Be Able to Play

Children should be able to play but the children in Gaza risk their lives, See X below.

No doubt children’s psychological issues will have escalated due to this current terror-filled fortnight,

Particularly when they are now preparing for being potentially trapped beneath a building and rubble and now hundreds of children are lining up in hospitals to register their names on their hands or are marking their body parts with names, so they can be identified if they were to lose their lives (Source).

Be Silent When Kids Sleep, Not When They Are Being Killed.

Children are being murdered in Gaza the number who have died for political, totalitarian reasons and the greed of old men is, at the time of writing 2055, in words, Two Thousand and fifty-five, and no doubt that number is going to be higher later today even. However, they should not be thought of as mere numbers, ever.

It was terrifying. They killed my childhood and dreams. I don’t have anything that makes me happy anymore.” Child in Gaza

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large parts of Gaza’s infrastructure, including critical water and sanitation systems, have been reduced to rubble in nearly two weeks of escalating violence which is Collective Punishment, and in itself against International Law, but breaking laws does not seem to be a concern of the perpetrators. Neither is it a concern of the abhorrent, cowardly complicit yellow-belly Western MPs. who are condoning the continuation of the barbaric war crimes and the killing of children for their own gain.

While it may be argued again and again and again, Israel has a right to defend itself,” but the terrorising, traumatising, and killing children and all other innocent civilians, cannot and should not be equated to “defence.”

UNICEF is calling for “an immediate cessation of hostilities and safe and timely access to humanitarian aid to children “The killing & maiming of children, attacks on their hospitals & schools, & the denial of humanitarian access constitute grave child rights violations Humanity must prevail,” they said

As Executive Director of UNICEF, Catherine Russell says, “all parties must unconditionally protect every child from harm and afford them the special protection to which they are entitled, in accordance with obligations under international humanitarian law.” However, there surely is an unspoken law among people that children deserve to be and feel protected unconditionally.

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Clairesgam
Clairesgam
1 month ago

You are completely wrong. It’s sad to read such drivel. Unsubscribing now…..

watcing from the sidelines
watcing from the sidelines
Reply to  Patricia Harrity
1 month ago

Killing children is only ok when demon spawn attack and rape and mutilate innocents. This is how moslems wish for a better life.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  watcing from the sidelines
1 month ago

Childhood should be a time of play, fun and carefree days.

“Palestinian children write their names on their hands so their bodies can be identified if they are killed”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12668859/Palestinian-children-names-hands-bodies-identified-killed.html

Even those who survive will be mentally scared for life.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

I meant ” mentally scarred”, but you knew that.

AnneJulia
AnneJulia
Reply to  watcing from the sidelines
1 month ago

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Carson W Randolph
Carson W Randolph
Reply to  Patricia Harrity
1 month ago

How about the ones they are training for suicide bombing that carry AK 57s. How about the kids and babies they cut the heads off of. Will the Philistines quit doing that?

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Carson W Randolph
1 month ago

“Leading Israeli Newspaper Haaretz Exposes Israel’s Lies About Hamas’ October 7 Attack”.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/10/26/leading-israeli-newspaper-haaretz-exposes-israels-lies-about-hamas-october-7-attack/

Donald Drumpf
Donald Drumpf
Reply to  Clairesgam
1 month ago

I am sick and tired of Israel Trolls justifying the actions of their Zionist Evil Leaders at the behest of the Rothschild Banking Cabal. As an American Christian man, I call all you trolls out to meet where we can settle this like men in person. You’ve got my IP address. Come out and fight so God can pay you back for killing INNOCENT Palestinian WOMEN and CHILDREN. You Satanic POS!

Dave
Dave
1 month ago

73% of the supposedly innocent civilians voted for Hamas back when they came about. There is videos of these supposedly innocent civilians cheering and screaming in the streets when America was attacked on 09/11/2001.
The majority of the Gaza population are under 25 years old. They don’t build anything, they have no economy, and they were like 100% on foreign aid and donations. I do not have an awful lot of sympathy for people that choose their lifestyle. Israel completely pull out of Gaza and let them be free and have open borders, and they will still be launching rockets and Israel because they hate the Jewish faith. It’s all about hating Jewish people. So no, I don’t have sympathy those kinds of people. And I am extremely irritated by the young ignorant, indoctrinated youth from our colleges and high schools that are supporting what Hamas did by claiming to be Palestinian supporters. Well, I’m sorry Palestinians in Gaza ARE Hamas. Even if they’re not terrorists, the citizens still cheer in the streets when Hamas launch Rockets. In my book they are terrorists.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

24th Oct, 2023 – I have just heard on BBC Radio Four “World At One” – one of the women hostages released last night told of her experience and she said how well they were treated – with care and kindness. How does that tie in with the reports of beheading babies?

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

Even the monsters of Hamas are capable of doing two different things.

The first being the mass murder of innocent Israelis civilians…men, women and children. Many were children and babies and the butchers bragged about it with pictures that they posted online.

The second is the ability to treat their hostages in a semi-decent manner for propaganda purposes. Many of these hostages were forced to watch the murder of loved ones, even children.

Comments made by hostages under duress are not believable.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

“Comments made by hostages under duress are not believable.” – you don’t like truth do you? She wasn’t under duress, she made those comments after she was released.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

See this before you preach about hatred –

“Leaked footage shows shocking moment Israeli policewoman shoots Palestinian in the back ‘for fun”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7649189/Leaked-footage-shows-Israeli-policewoman-shoots-innocent-Palestinian-fun.html

The main point of that video is that it shows the mindset of the Israeli forces – they see the Palestinian people as sub-human and they think they can be as cruel and merciless to them as they wish. Most of the Israeli forces that commit these atrocities (crimes!) get away with them. This shooting is also an example of the endless provocation and violence inflicted on Palestinian people EVERY DAY. Here are just a few other headlines –

– January, 2019, for “Israeli Election Ad Brags on Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age”.

– March, 2019, for “A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel’s Massacre of Gaza Protesters”.

– November, 2019, for “Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child”.

– December, 2019, for “Blinding the Truth’: Israeli Snipers Target Gaza Protesters in the Eyes”.

– February, 2020, for “Video of Israeli Bulldozer Dragging Palestinian’s Body in Gaza Sparks Global Outrage” and for “Shocking, Gruesome Details Emerge of Israeli and US Torture of Palestinian Prisoners – Much Worse than Falluja”.

– March, 2020, for “Let me just once take down a kid of 16, even 14, but not with a bullet in the leg – let me blow his head open in front of his whole family and his whole village. Let him spurt blood. And then maybe for a month I won’t have to take off another 20 knees.” – from an IDF member.

– August, 2018, for “Settlers destroy 2,000+ Palestinian-owned trees and vines, backed by Israeli authorities”.

There are many more.

Donald Drumpf
Donald Drumpf
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

The Zionist Jews and you paid Trolls are all over the internet to cause division when there is none. You Satanic evil parasites must leave the rest of the world so we can have peace. Christians, Hindus, Mormons, Muslims can all live peacefully together. It’s you Satanic money grubbing parasites who promote pornography, incest, LGBTQ+ now pedophilia that we have good citizens of the world have a real problem with. The sooner the Zionist Banking Cabal led by the Rothschilds is eradicated from this earth, then we can rebuild and have peaceful societies living as they wish. Any Iraeli supporting the Zionist Rothschilds and their minions (Netanyahu) is the enemy of mankind.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

The Israelis said they don’t target civilians. No problem, just declare them to be combatants then kill them.

“Israel To Consider Civilians ‘Terrorist Accomplices’ If They Stay In North Gaza”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-consider-civilians-terrorist-accomplices-if-they-stay-north-gaza

Humanitarian
Humanitarian
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

‘Dave’: Re your: “Even if they’re not terrorists, the citizens still cheer in the streets when Hamas launch Rockets. In my book they are terrorists.”
You obviously have not done your homework. Unarmed civilians irrespective of nationality, creed, race, colour or religion, cannot possibly be terrorists. PERIOD.
Re: “It’s all about hating Jewish people”.Q. And how many Israeli citizens ‘cheer’ when IDF launch high explosives and indiscriminately slaughter Palestinians and raze their homes to the ground”? Why do Palestinians “hate jewish people? Before 1947 THERE WAS NO ISREAL. Palestine had been the home of the Palestinians for hundreds of years.
An international decision was made to create the state of Isreal and displaced the Palestinians from part of their land after WWII, Jewish immigrants multiplied and large swathes of Palestine was taken over by the Israeli people much of it by conflict WITHOUT the consent of Palestine, and backed up by Britain the USA et al. Since the 1960’s, Isreal has broken every international law that protected the Palestinians with impunity, as the “West’ looked the other way.
( Insert from another author) “After 70 years of provocation and brutality by Isreal, Palestine fights back and the West and its MSM calls them terrorists. Israeli Jews murder 5500 innocent civilians, women and children, and the West calls the Jews ‘the victims’??? The Western poodle governments do so out of fear of America”. End of insert.
Now tell, where were the IDF when Hamas attacked? A. They had been ‘stood down’ to allow it to happen. Why was the highest technological surveillance system in the west shut down prior to the attack? Coincidence? NO Dave, In my opinion and many others too, Isreal staged the attack, because Gaza is prime real estate (with its own offshore oil) and Isreal GOV wants it for Isreal and used the Hamas (if it was them) attack, as an excuse to atttack and drive the Palestinians out of Gaza to Egypt, and rebuild it for the Jewish people. Fact is, a cat couldn’t get anywhere near the border fence without IDF security forces knowing it.
Please Dave, don’t hate, that what you don’t fully understand. Take a look at the lifeless little girl, being pullled out the rubble. What if she was YOUR daughter? No empathy – no soul. Go in peace Dave!

Victoria
Victoria
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

100 percent agree can’t upvote here they need to fix it and fix their position on this

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Victoria
1 month ago

What do you mean – can’t up vote – you can but the down votes out number your up votes, which shows the views of the majority of the situation.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

Childhood should be a time of play, fun and carefree days.

“Palestinian children write their names on their hands so their bodies can be identified if they are killed”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12668859/Palestinian-children-names-hands-bodies-identified-killed.html

Even those who survive will be mentally scared for life.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

I meant ” mentally scarred”, but you knew that.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

24th Oct, 2023 – I have just heard on BBC Radio Four “World At One” – one of the women hostages released last night told of her experience and she said how well they were treated – with care and kindness. How does that tie in with the reports of beheading babies?

chris madder
chris madder
1 month ago

I take it you have never read “From the Time Immemorial” by Joan Peters who is an investigative journalist like you. She was so incensed at how the Arabs were being treated in Israel that she decided to write an expose against the Israelis. As she wanted to do a thorough job she researched, in depth, governmental and legal documents to bring the truth to light, what she found rocked her to the core and she has included copies of the official and legal documents which so shocked her. As a result she completely changed her mind, she could plainly see that the truth was the opposite of what she believed. You are one of those people who causes me to be so ashamed I am English.

Donald Drumpf
Donald Drumpf
Reply to  chris madder
1 month ago

More Israel Paid Trolls who promote genocide of innocent Palestinian Women and Children. There are no words for this American mans anger towards you cowardly, lying punks. God will deal with you and it won’t be pretty.

GigiB
GigiB
1 month ago

Why aren’t you calling for Hamas to release the hostages, move their HQ from the hospital, and quit using human shields? All these actions would help stop casualties as well.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  GigiB
1 month ago

The Israelis said they don’t target civilians. No problem, just declare them to be combatants then kill them.

“Israel To Consider Civilians ‘Terrorist Accomplices’ If They Stay In North Gaza”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-consider-civilians-terrorist-accomplices-if-they-stay-north-gaza

John
John
1 month ago

These are not conflicts. They are pogroms.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  John
1 month ago
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Dr Susan Askew
Dr Susan Askew
1 month ago

THIS IS HORRENDUS. IT’S GENOCIDE.

BRAD JOHNSON
BRAD JOHNSON
1 month ago

Awesome journalism Patricia!
They say “The truth will set you free”
Someday…….let us hope.

Dave Owen
Dave Owen
1 month ago
Robbi
Robbi
1 month ago

THIS IS NOT ABOUT GAZA AND ISRAEL…IT’S ABOUT THE MILLENNIA OF FALSE FLAG WARS FOR PROFIT MANIPULATED TO OCCUR BY THE COMMITTEE OF 300 CENTERED IN THE CITY OF LONDON WITH THEIR PRIVATELY OWNED CENTRAL BANKER FAMILY CARTEL AT THE TOP OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEATH CULT MAFIA.

It’s all literally designed for CONSTANT WAR.
House of Windsor,
House of Saud,
House of Orsini,
Bush Crime Family,
Rockefellers…And, ALL THE NASTY DEMONS WEARING HUMAN BEING SUITS MUST BE PURUES, INDICTED, TRIED AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THEIR THEFT AND MURDER OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE.
Until ‘The People’ go after the Top of the Hierarchy of Evil’ in The City of London and the BIS in Basel, Switzerland…
THE WARS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN ACCORDING TO PLAN.

John
John
1 month ago

The Expose urgently needs to stop insulting and gaslighting its readers with intentionally annoying pleas for funding.

The Expose urgently needs to (re-?)read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

The Expose urgently needs to explain why it arbitrarily removes (disappears) recent articles.
e.g.: https://web.archive.org/web/20231018102703/https://expose-news.com/2023/10/18/gaza-hospital-massacre-the-world-can-no-longer-condone-the-barbaric-war-crimes-being-committed/

The Expose urgently needs to proofread its “About Us” pages to cleanup the poor writing, non sequiturs and bullshit.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

Childhood should be a time of play, fun and carefree days.

“Palestinian children write their names on their hands so their bodies can be identified if they are killed”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12668859/Palestinian-children-names-hands-bodies-identified-killed.html

Even those who survive will be mentally scared for life.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Watcher Seeker
1 month ago

I meant ” mentally scarred”, but you knew that.

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1 month ago

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Lynda Baker
Lynda Baker
1 month ago

There is & can be, no justification for the barbaric acts of Hamas. I mourn for innocent Palestinians, but wholeheartedly support Israel. I will NOT be silent as the Jewish people are again de-humanized. I am crossing many websites distorting reports off my reading list, as I require truth & honesty nowadays in those I trust to deliver my news. A lesson well learned regarding the legacy news networks. Bye-bye to you & yours.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Lynda Baker
1 month ago

“Leading Israeli Newspaper Haaretz Exposes Israel’s Lies About Hamas’ October 7 Attack”.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/10/26/leading-israeli-newspaper-haaretz-exposes-israels-lies-about-hamas-october-7-attack/

They said they don’t target civilians, they are only going after Hamas.

Hamas sure has a lot of members.

“According to the Geneva-based Human Rights Organization, Israeli Bombs Have Destroyed Over 52,000 Homes, Leaving 1 Million Homeless”.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/10/26/according-to-the-geneva-based-human-rights-organization-israeli-bombs-have-destroyed-over-52000-homes-leaving-1-million-homeless/