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Selective outrage is shown when certain terrorists attempt to and / or are successful in causing bodily harm to a population, but not when other terrorists do the very same harm in a different geographical location. Selective outrage is commonly seen in western mainstream media and western governments when their interests are opposed and when their plans of conquest by force do not come to fruition.
Organic and authentic outrage is exactly the opposite. It is the type of outrage that is shown mainly by human beings who, in witnessing murder, genocide and injustice express their opposition to such crimes.
While the United States and Europe have expressed their support for Israel’s bombing of the defenseless population in Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank, this week the world had seen how authentic outrage has taken to the streets in the form of massive protests against the genocidal campaign led by the Israeli government in the Middle East. Even Orthodox Jews protested by the thousands against the murder of men, women and children in Gaza.
Tokyo and New York are two of the many world metropolis that saw street protests against Israel’s bombings in Gaza. In most cases, local police forces attacked protesters in an attempt to violate their right to show opposition to what is considered an ethnic cleansing campaign in the Middle East.
The Israeli government has gone as far as masking the murder of at least 500 Gazan people with what government officials say is their right to provide security to their people, which in their mind will come as a result of bombing innocents who live in an open air prison from where it is almost impossible to escape.
Today, Israel has attacked medical emergency teams from Doctors without Borders who are trying to bring supplies to Gaza. On Monday Israel has dropped bombs have fallen near a hospital.
A shell fired by a tank has impacted the third floor of the hospital at al-Aqsa Mosque in Deir al-Balah, where doctors set up their the ICU.
According to the Health Ministry spokesman quoted by Reuters, the explosion has left at least four dead and 16 wounded, including medical staff. The Israeli Army, has not issued any statements about the bombing, but it has accused Hamas militias of launching rockets from Gazan territory to hospitals and refugee centers. None of those attempts have resulted in injuries or deaths. In fact, no Israeli deaths have resulted from Hamas rockets being launched from Gaza. The only confirmed deaths have been of Israeli soldiers who invaded Gaza to murder men, women and children.
International pressure to cease hostilities in the Gaza Strip has increased in the past hours. After issuing statements in support of Israel’s murderous campaign, both the Security Council of the UN as the U.S. president, Barack Obama, have expressed concern about the high number of victims, which on Monday exceeded five hundred.
Barack Obama even telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to beg for an “immediate ceasefire”. The same was done by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who also showed concern for the victims, but who had also endorsed the attacks last week.
The Security Council has now called for “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and expressed “grave concern” at the escalation of violence. This was stated by the current President of the Security Council, Eugene Gasana, after a meeting that discussed the situation.
“The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of violence in Gaza.” The UN also calls for “respect for international humanitarian laws, including the protection of civilians.” These statements from the UN and the US have are too little, too late, as thousands of Gazans who did not die in the explosions caused by Israeli bombs are condemned to living without legs, arms or both. After only a few days, entire families have been murdered, children have seen their parents being killed by Israeli forces and parents have had to bury their children who were victims of Israeli artillery.
Some 509 people, almost half of them women, children and elderly people have been killed and over 3,000 were injured due to the Israeli bombardment by land, sea and air. Some 81,000 people have tried to leave Gaza seeking refuge in schools ran by the UNRWA, a UN agency for Palestinian refugees. These shelters includes 67 schools that have attempted to accommodate those fleeing their homes.
On the Israeli side, the government has reported the death of 20 soldiers during the military operation, the third since Hamas was democratically elected to govern Gaza in 2007. The first bombing campaign was Operation Cast Lead in 2008. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed then. The second, military campaign in 2012 resulted in the death of 160 people in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that the operation will not end until the Army reaches its end goal, which according to Netanyahu is the erradication of Hamas from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Security Forces also claim to have killed 10 Hamas militants who had infiltrated the agricultural community oh kibbutz using tunnels from where they had launched attacks on Israeli occupied territory. Precisely these pathways are what the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed to demolish as part of the military operation that has lasted 13 days.
The State Department of the United States confirmed Monday the death of two U.S. soldiers operating in the Golani Brigade, within the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip. These two fighters have been identified, according to AFP, as Max Steinberg, 21, born in Texas, and Californian Sean Carmeli, 24.
The U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry, is supposed to travel to Cairo, Egypt, tonight to try to “put an end to hostilities” according to the White House. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will also travel to Egypt on Monday to meet with the foreign minister of the Egypt, Sameh Shukri, in an attempt to seek a ceasefire in Gaza.
Egypt, which has been the traditional mediator in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, has proposed a truce that Hamas rejected because they agreement did not take into consideration any of the conditions brought by them to the table. Among those conditions are the end of the blockade being carried out by Israel on Gaza, which has lasted seven years, the reopening of the Rafah crossing in the south of the Strip and the release of prisoners arrested over the past two weeks, AFP reported.
Hamas, meanwhile, said Monday it “will not bow to international pressure” to achieve a cease-fire in Gaza and that it will continue the “armed resistance” until their demands are met.
The Human Rights Commission of the UN will meet at the request of Pakistan, Egypt and Palestine governments on Wednesday to assess the situation of civilians in the Gaza Strip. Navy Pillay, representative of the committee, has warned for days that the Israeli military attacks on the Palestinian territory could indeed be violations of international law.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.