Today on December 27th 2008, Israel began an intensive campaign that would last 22 days, combined with a ground invasion which they called 'operation cast lead,' It would lead to death and destruction and international condemnation and protests and would be met by Palestinian resistance in Gaza.
The conflict resulted in between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, most of them innocent civilians.
The horrors inflicted remain indelibilly embedded in the minds of all Gazans. Crimes against humanity were committed with the use of chemical and biological agents, like white phosperous, leading to symptoms that medic al professionals had never seen before. Burning flesh to the bone. Also there was deliberate targetting of civilians and vital infrastructure.
Six years later, Gaza still relies on international aid for day to day activities, including the most basic needs such as food and drink. 75% of homes destroyed are still waiting to be rebuilt. Leaving many people still displaced. The people of Gaza left with a legacy of poverty and economic injustice, 80% of the population lives under the poverty line. 1.8 million of people in Gaza still locked in like animals by Israels illegal blockade, that prevents them from access to essential goods that are needed to rebuild and sustain life.
In a sense the war never ended. People still demanding justice, because without justice, peace will remain a distant illusion.