Numerous developments over the past few days in Gaza. First, Israel seems to be losing friends left and right over what many view to be a disproportionate response to Hamas’ rocket attacks. Today, Bolivia became the second country in South America to break diplomatic ties with Israel over its attack on Gaza following Venezuela. What could prove even more damaging for Israel may come from the U.N. Recently, the president of the U.N. General Assembly used the word “genocide” in conjunction with Israel’s assault on Gaza. Additionally, there is a call for a probe in the U.N. regarding possible war crimes Israel may have committed in Gaza.
Domestic developments in Israel have seen the Central Election Committee of the Israeli Knesset ban all Arab parties from running in the upcoming elections. This move has already drawn the ire of the many Arab Israeli citizens within Israel and will no doubt continue to do so both domestically and abroad unless the Israeli Supreme Court overturns this decision. In other domestic news, northern Israel has seen yet more rocket fire from Lebanon as unknown militants continue to push their luck with an already overly aggressive Israeli military.
In Gaza itself, Israeli Defense Forces have pushed into Gaza City with the Palestinian death toll rising to over 1,000 during the last two weeks of fighting. The following links contain more information on these particular developments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
In other coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog has a photo essay providing the images to go along with all the words we’ve been reading and hearing.