Seems it's not enough that this weekend Israel closed the borders to Gaza, keeping 1.5 million people from traveling for work or urgent medical care. Now Gaza's sole electrical plant has shut down, after Israel blocked shipment of fuel that powers the plant, as well as all humanitarian aid.
Israel prides itself as a democracy, yet what kind of democracy cares for the human rights of one people and not another? Because that's exactly what Israel is doing - collectively punishing an entire population for the bad behaviour of a few militants firing rockets into Israeli territory. Why are the lessons of history never learned?
Also this weekend, an Israeli air strike destroyed the unoccupied interior ministry building in Gaza. At least 20 people were wounded in collateral damage, most of them guests, including children, at a nearby wedding. In separate air strikes last week, more than 35 Palestinians were killed, including some militants.
UN and human rights agencies have condemned the Israeli actions and warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza territory is nearing crisis proportions. Further, with no raw materials entering Gaza and no finished products leaving, the industrial sector has collapsed. Local unions say in the last six months, over 100,000 Palestinians have lost their jobs.
Praying for peace. Photo of the Hand of Fatima on a door in Ranelagh, Paris. The symbol is popular among Arabs and Jews alike.