At around 2:00 AM, Tuesday Morning, unprovoked Israeli airstrikes rained down on residential buildings throughout the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel had decided to launch an assassination campaign against leaders in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement, murdering three of them along with their families whilst they slept in their beds at night. Despite the majority of those killed being civilians, Western corporate media rushed to distort what actually happened in order to make Tel Aviv seem justified.
France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have all condemned rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, that came in response to Israel’s unprovoked massacre of Gazan civilians and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) officials this Tuesday morning. As usual, Western corporate media have gone to work as stenographers for the Israeli foreign affairs ministry and focused on the rockets from Gaza, which killed no Israelis and did minimal damage over the first day that they were fired.
So What Really Just Happened In Gaza?
Israel’s decision to assassinate leaders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement came amidst widespread pressure on the government of Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a bloody campaign against Gaza. During the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque compound, beating and/or arresting over 400 worshippers. The videos of this brutal assault on worshippers at a Holy Site triggered widespread popular outrage, with demonstrations taking place from Gaza to the West Bank, Palestinian citizens of Israel, Jerusalemites, as well as Palestinians in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, all took to the streets.
Then came the armed responses, shooting attacks were carried out in the West Bank against illegal Israeli settlers and soldiers, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, then, the following day rockets were also fired from southern Lebanon. As soon as the salvo of rockets were fired from Lebanese territory, Tel Aviv backed down and even ordered calm in al-Aqsa mosque for the rest of Ramadan. No groups officially claimed the rocket fire, nor did any group claim the firing of 6 rockets into the occupied Golan Heights from Syria the following day, however, the message was clear; if you continue to attack al-Aqsa mosque there will be regional war.
Last week, after the death of Palestinian icon and spokesperson for PIJ in the West Bank, Khader Adnan, the Palestinian Joint Room for the armed resistance factions in Gaza fired a salvo of rockets towards Israel. Khader Adnan went on a 86 day hunger strike and was left to slowly die in his cell, Israel refused to transfer him to a medical facility and so the Palestinian Prisoners Society organization declared his death an assassination.
Interestingly, Israel decided to respond to the rocket fire with very light strikes, hitting open areas and military training sites belonging to Hamas in Gaza. This sparked outrage amongst Israelis, especially those living in the south of occupied Palestine, who called for blood, they wanted assassinations and the destruction of buildings in Gaza. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu was thrown into their first inter-coalition feud over what security minister Itamar Ben Gvir called a “feeble” response to the Gaza rocket fire. It must be kept in mind here that, both during Ramadan and last week after the death of Khader Adnan, the rocket fire killed no Israelis and was explicitly carried out as a response to Israeli aggression….