As the world watches in silence, Operation Protective Edge, which was launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014, continues to claim the lives and limbs of Gaza’s civilians. (Video Noam Chomsky "The Gaza Crisis")
As of the writing of this article, the Operation has claimed the lives of nearly 554 Palestinians, 80% of them civilians and almost half of them women and children. On the Israeli side, the attacks by Hamas militants have claimed the lives of 30 Israelis, 28 of them soldiers, and most of these soldiers have been killed during the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) ground invasion which began last Thursday.
Israel claims that Operation Protective Edge, and the resulting casualties, is justified by its right to self-defense, and the U.S. strenuously supports this position of Israel. While Israel certainly has a right to self-defense, this right to self-defense is not limitless, and must be guided by such principles as proportionality, necessity and the distinction of the civilian from the combatant population.