As the crisis in Gaza enters its second month, teleSUR looks back at how Israel's attack on Gaza snowballed into a humanitarian disaster.

The latest political crisis between Israelis and Palestinians was sparked by the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers. Israeli leaders immediately blamed Hamas, sparking a political confrontation that claimed thousands of lives.

June 12: Three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in the West Bank. They were Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah. Three days later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of orchestrating the kidnapping, but refused to publicize evidence. In subsequent speeches Netanyahu demanded the Palestinain Authority's ruling faction Fatah cancel a recently announced unity government with Hamas due to the kidnappings. A massive crackdown was imposed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians are rounded up in the search for the teens.


Israel continues its attacks on Gaza this time razing to the ground the Islamic University of Gaza.

Israeli warplanes have destroyed a the Islamic University of Gaza, being the death toll unknown, but expected to be high.

Hours before the strike on the university other attacks on Gaza left over 25 people dead, on Friday Israeli strikes on Rafah left over 140 Palestinians dead.

The re-escalation of the violence came after Israel ended a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, only hours after it began.

The Palestinian death toll since the Israeli incursion enters its 25th day has reached 1,650, with 9,000 people injured. Most of the casualties have been civilians, including a large number of women and children. 


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.[1] 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 Forcesground invasion which began last Thursday.[2]   

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.


Christopher Gunness breaks down in tears on live TV after attack on UN school in Gaza (Video)