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Six Months in Gaza: A Timeline of Despair and Death

The despair, destruction, and death in Israel’s war on Gaza have left deep marks on the region. The pain of the losses remains fresh six months after the extraordinary attack carried out by Hamas militants on October 7th. The death toll in Gaza has surpassed 33,000 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis. This devastation and tragedy have deeply affected both sides.

The dark period began with Hamas’s violent attack on southern Israel on October 7th. This was one of Hamas’s deadliest attacks on Israel and signaled a new wave of violence in the region.

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the country “at war,” mobilizing thousands of troops and intensifying air strikes. A vigorous military operation was launched to repel Hamas’s attacks, and Gaza was completely blockaded.

However, the war was not limited to Israel and Hamas. In the north of Israel, the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon also conducted artillery attacks on Israel, escalating the conflict. The tension in the region increased, and the conflict widened.

Over the last six months, the war has poisoned the lives and holidays of tens of thousands of children. Innocent civilians’ lives are in danger every second. Palestinian children, women, and the elderly are among the biggest victims of this conflict. Hospitals and infrastructure have been targeted by Israeli air strikes.

In this tragic period, the international community must make more efforts to allow hope and peace to flourish again. The efforts so far have been insufficient. The search for solutions and paths to peace is more difficult than ever. The events of the past six months have further reinforced the deep polarization and hostility in the region.

The Palestinians are fighting for their right to self-determination. The residents of Gaza are trying to cope with the challenges they face. However, the dramatic situation, desperately watched by the Islamic world, is worsening due to the blockade imposed by the region’s only liberal democracy. Basic necessities of life have become a luxury.

After six months, the US managed to get a promise from Israel to allow more aid to pass through. However, this step back was not because of the massacre that resulted in the death of 33,000 Palestinians, but due to the tragic loss of foreign aid workers killed by the IDF. The death of these workers remains a human tragedy in memory, while the lives of Palestinians continue to be remembered only as cold statistics.

According to an Oxfam report, since January, people have been trying to survive on an average of 245 calories a day. This indicates that they are facing an unprecedented mass starvation.

The starvation of civilians and the refusal to allow aid trucks to enter mean the physical annihilation of the people. South Africa has twice requested new temporary measures since January. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) accepted the second request on March 28th, compelling Israel to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

The court will hear Nicaragua’s claim against Germany for alleged genocide and war crimes committed by Israel. However, Israel’s main supporter, the USA, cannot be brought before the court due to jurisdictional reservations. This means that genocide accusations cannot be tried by the USA. Nicaragua may have chosen Germany on behalf of other countries; because Germany sees Israel’s security as its raison d’être. This shows that Germany is facing charges of major international crimes like genocide, which it has vowed never to commit again.

The State of Israel has historically supported South Africa’s apartheid government and the cruel Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. This support has been closely followed by liberation movements and served as a bureaucratic goodwill gesture towards their comrades against the Palestinian cause.

The Holocaust is a significant turning point where both victims and perpetrators have applied to the International Court of Justice to commit another genocide against the Palestinian people. Both concerned countries are from the Global South. While the USA finds Russia’s occupation of Ukraine unacceptable, it deems Israel’s occupation of Palestine acceptable.

In a period where conflicts between the East and the West are increasing, the term “Zionist” is beginning to be referred to as “jihadist” in the West. Globally, the Palestinian issue is considered the most moral issue of our time due to reasons related to ideology, religion, and morality. Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that Israel is at the forefront of the global fight against terrorism, acting as a barrier against radical Islam from Iran and Iraq to Europe. Therefore, Hamas is seen as a typical barbaric enemy for Israel.

Nationalism is one of the most potent ideologies in the world. Hamas claims to hold the birth certificate of the Palestinian nation-state, which includes armed resistance, as it did on October 7th. However, like Israel, Hamas has also committed war crimes against civilians. Those advocating for the end of colonialism believe that any violence for liberation is legitimate.

The term “terrorism” is generally considered a non-objective concept and lacks a universal definition in the international community. The success of national liberation movements could lead to a reassessment of the statuses of groups like the ANC, which played a significant role in the struggle against South Africa’s apartheid regime, and the Sandinistas, a group of revolutionaries fighting for political and social change in Nicaragua.

In the case of Hamas, although it has been designated as a terrorist organization, it officially recognized Israel in 2007 and committed to coexistence. Hamas’s resistance aims to end the occupation, secure the right of return for displaced Palestinians, and establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

Collective punishments are increasing tensions. After the IRA in Northern Ireland laid down its weapons, similar hopes for a resolution were looked at for Hamas, but Israel does not recognize it as a negotiating partner. Thus, as long as Hamas does not disarm, the international community and Israel continue to view the group as a terrorist, indicating that there is no path to peace in Gaza.

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas could be possible. However, such a ceasefire might not be sufficient to create a comprehensive peace environment. Therefore, Palestinians will continue their struggle to end the occupation and oppression.

In conclusion, the importance of peace and stability in the region is emphasized once again. The war between Israel and Palestine.

and can only be resolved through cooperation and reconciliation, laying the foundation for a lasting peace that can offer hope to future generations. In these challenging times, the future of Palestine lies with its children. They are the symbols of resistance and solidarity. The joy of the festival they carry within them could be the guarantee of future peace and stability.

This Eid, let us pray for the Palestinian children. Perhaps they will be the representatives of the new hope that will emerge in this land.

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YUKSEL DURGUT
YUKSEL DURGUT
YÜKSEL DURGUT is a journalist with a primary focus on global politics and foreign affairs. He serves as the Foreign Relations Director of the International Journalists Association e.V. and holds the position of Editor-in-Chief at Journalist Post.
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