= = GAZA WAR = =
On 27 December 2008, Israeli F-16strike fighters launched a series of air strikes against targets in Gaza. They began with an attack on the police station during a passing out parade and killed many new recruits in cold blood. They also attacked schools, hospitals, UN warehouses, a mosque, various Hamas government buildings, a science building in the Islamic University, and a U.N.-operated elementary school in a Palestinian refugee camp.
Israel said that the attack was a response to Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel, which totaled over 3,000 in 2008, and which intensified during the few weeks preceding the operation. There is a lot of dispute over this term 'southern Israel' as in reality it is occupied Palestine and actually part of Gaza. Gaza is bigger than just the tiny Gaza Strip.
Palestinian medical staff said at least 434 Palestinians were killed, and at least 2,800 wounded, made up mostly civilians and some Hamas members, in the first five days of Israeli strikes on
Gaza. Israel began a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on 3 January, 2009. Israel rebuffed many cease-fire calls and both sides declared unilateral cease-fires.
In total 13 Israelis (most by friendly-fire) and more than 1300 Palestinians were killed in the 22-day war.
BLUE is Israelis killed by Palestinians in Israel (occupied Palestine) a total of 22 in 2008
RED is Palestinians mudered by Israelis in Gaza a total of 868 !!
RATIO of 1 Israeli to 39.5 Palestinians killed .... 1:39.5
After 22 days of fighting, Israel decided to stop fighting, while insisting on holding its positions, while Hamas has vowed to fight on if Israeli forces do not leave the Strip. 5,000 homes, 16 government buildings, and 20 mosques were destroyed. 25,000 homes were damaged.
Gaza blockade continues
The 2-year old blockade of the Gaza strip continued after the end of the war, although Israel allowed in limited quantities of medical humanitarian aid.
The Red Cross has released a report that argues that Israel's continued blockade is making it impossible for Gaza to recover from the war. The Red Cross says that the blockade is "strangling" the Gazan economy and also notes that the blockade has caused a shortage of basic medicines and equipment such as painkillers and x-ray film.
Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli prime minister's office, has said that the program is of sanctions and not a blockade, but attorney Sharhabeel al-Zaeem, a legal consultant in Gaza for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), has said that the blockade is "an action outside of international law".
As of September 2009 it was reported that according to the Arab League, Israel is waging a financial war.