Israel has launched a barbaric attack on the Gaza Strip killing over 200 people, including scores of women and children. Some 750 people have been wounded.
The Israeli F16 bombers struck at 11.30am on Saturday morning, hitting compounds and government buildings across the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians fear that this is the opening salvo for a full-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip.
This attack is Israel’s bloody answer to an offer of a new truce by the Palestine’s democratically elected Hamas government.
In a six month truce that expired last Friday, the Palestinian resistance agreed to halt all rocket attacks if the Israeli government lifted a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians kept their side of the deal that was negotiated by Egypt.
However the Israelis continued to maintain a siege, allowing only a trickle of the much-needed supplies into the territory. This siege has driven Palestinians into poverty and despair.
The first sign of Israel’s renewed aggression was came on 4 November 2008 – the night of the US elections – when they killed several Hamas members.
This would be the first of many provocations. Hamas continued to offer for a truce. But the Israeli government, which has been rocked by corruption scandals, refused.
This massacre was carried out as Egypt was hosting Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister. It comes as a major humiliation to Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president with close link to the US. He has helped maintain the siege by closing the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
As news of the attacks filtered through tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the street in the West Bank, and in Arab towns inside Israel.
Demonstrations and protest have been called across the world.
Protest outside the Israeli embassy
Assemble Sunday 28 December, 2pm,
2 Palace Green, Kensington, London, W8
(High Street Kensington tube)