The moment of truth arrived. It was lost. Long-denied justice once again was sacrificed for momentary conflict cessation and terms sure to be violated. Israel will do what it pleases. Gazans will keep suffering. Conflict will continue unresolved.
Late on Tuesday, nine Arab ministers led by Egypt's foreign minister came to Gaza. Showing up falls far short of real support. It bears repeating.
Later on Tuesday, nine Arab ministers, led by Egypt's foreign minister, are due in Gaza. Showing up falls far short of real support. It bears repeating.
Arab leaders won't do what's effective. Israel only responds to smack downs. Diplomatic and economic ones are key. Recall envoys. Expel Israeli ones. Suspend trade. Play the oil card. Stop supplying Israel.
Suspend relations entirely. Act decisively. Words are hollow. These type measures work. Odds are none will be used. Palestinians remain largely isolated on their own. It's been that way for decades. Expect nothing to change now.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights ( PCHR ) called for an international investigation on escalating Israeli aggression. Evidence shows crimes of war and against humanity are committed daily.
"the direct targeting of civilians and civilian objects, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, and a failure to take all feasible precautions in attack and in the choice of methods and means of warfare."
"Customary international law clearly requires that these suspected war crimes be investigated and that, if appropriate, individual suspects must be prosecuted."
"It is imperative that suspected violations of international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict) and international human rights law be investigated by an independent and impartial international body of experts."
"This is essential in order to: secure victims legitimate and internationally protected right to a remedy; and to ensure accountability and restore the rule of law."
"For too long, the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory has been characterized by systematic violations of international law, and impunity for those violations. It is innocent civilians who have been forced to pay the horrific price."
What clearer proof than days of relentless Israeli terror-bombing and shelling. Mostly civilians are targeted. Human suffering is extreme. Stopping it and holding those responsible is essential.
"Any investigation must be independent and impartial, and composed of international experts in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, as well as military experts."
"It is essential that this body have the mandate to recommend international criminal prosecutions as appropriate."