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How Can the Palestinians Resurrect Their Damaged Enclave?

26/08/2014 14:25 BST | Updated 23/10/2014 10:59 BST

Israel's attack on the Gaza power plant is likely to render speculation that the enclave's civilian infrastructure is being intentionally targeted during the conflict. The civilian death toll and the monumental destruction of infrastructure has sent shock waves across the world. Having created a huge open-air prison in Gaza, on the West Bank, PM Netanyahu now claims that Israel cannot relinquish security control of the West Bank for fear of Hamas.

The scale of Gaza's humanitarian crisis has concerned human rights organisations significantly. Recently, Israeli NGOs warned that over half of Gaza's 1.8 million people were affected by a lack of sanitation services, adequate access to water and raw sewage spillage from damaged pipes. Whilst hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are without power, hundreds of thousands more face severe shortages. The Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has caused infrastructural losses estimated at some $50 million. Throughout the offence, the Israeli military destroyed over 5000 homes, roads, water and sanitation facilities and 12 water wells.

Due to the Obama administration's support for the Israeli aggression, the Zionist forces are inevitably guaranteed an abundance of munitions during and after ceasefires. Nonetheless, despite the American governments' continuous support for the Israeli military action, the endurance and stability of the apartheid regime is not at all certain. For instance, in South America, some parts of Europe and Asia we saw an escalation of antipathy shown towards Israel.

Interestingly, a recent Gallup survey found an absolute majority of Americans condemning Israel's actions in Gaza, describing it as 'unjustified' and 'criminal'. This is probably down to the very fact that Americans, (in particular the younger generation) have grown up witnessing an American armed Israel, brutally occupying the West Bank and killing innocent Palestinians; whereby the majority are civilians, whilst on the other hand invading Lebanon many times and killing more than 30,000 over between 1948 and 2006. This suggests that although the American government's support for Israel, a great number of the country's civilian population are viewing Israel as illegitimate and as a 19th century colonial enterprise with no legitimate place in a civilised international society.

Operation Protective edge has proved to be the most destructive of the three Israeli offensives in Gaza in the last eight years. It has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including hundreds of children. Another 10,000 were injured. As many as 2,000 of them will require continued medical attention, according to Gaza-based health officials. This indicates that Gaza's medical infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.

Across the world, demonstrators are calling for an end to Israel's offensive and its policy on Gaza. A flourishing percentage of the world's population have concluded that the occupation of Palestine's an ample error and that history must be rectified. International popular opinion is a matter of concern. And much of it in regards to the carnage being inflicted by those illegally occupying Palestine is right.

The international public is progressively conscious that what is happening in Palestine today is not truly about Hamas. It is certainly not about rockets either. It is not about 'human shields' or terrorism or even tunnels. Surely, it is about Israel's imperishable occupation over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. It is about an undeviating, decades-long Israeli policy of forbidding Palestine its sovereignty, self-determination and democracy.