The people of Gaza observed a minute’s silence today in memory of the Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive one year ago, which hurt but failed to remove their political leaders Hamas.
The incessant firing of rockets into Israel by militants triggered the retaliatory Operation Cast Lead. Israel has blockaded Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in June 2007.
Hamas still refuses to recognise Israel — and Gaza’s isolation looks set to worsen with Egypt starting to build a wall along the border in an attempt to stop smugglers.
United Nations investigators accused both the state of Israel and Palestinian forces of war crimes or even crimes against humanity. The independent group Human Rights Watch condemns both sides for failing to punish members who were judged guilty of violating the rules of war. These rules include avoiding unnecessary destruction and the suffering of civilians.