war in gaza

Maybe in ten years from now they’ll make a movie about the world today.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a father in Syria contemplating whether to kill himself, his wife or his children in a desperate attempt to stop the Regime from getting their hands on them.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about an 8 year old Rohingya boy who was thrown into the fire in front of his mother after his village was set alight.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a young orphaned girl in C.A.R, crying as she remembers her sexual abuse at the hands of UN “peacekeepers” who do as they please without consequences.

Or maybe they’ll make a movie about a daughter in Gaza who picks up the phone to hear an unfamiliar voice letting her know her family has 60 seconds to run before the bombs drop.

And maybe we’ll see it and shed some tears - but we shouldn’t be crying because of the atrocities that occurred.
We should cry because we watched as these horrors unfolded and in our silence betrayed them.

لَمْ أعِش يوماً بفلسطين ، لَمْ أعِش بالقُدس ، لَمْ أعِش حرباً كأهل غزّة ، لَمْ أشْهَد وَقْع المُواجَهات كأَهالي الضّفة المُحتلة ، جيراني ليسوا يهودياً.
لكن . . يَبقى اسمي فلسطيني رُغم المَفنى ! 💙✨

First Battle of Gaza

British soldiers resting between marches on March 25, the day before the battle.

March 26 1917, Gaza–The fall of Baghdad had emboldened British war planners for their prospects against Turkey.  Despite having stripped the area of many troops two months earlier, the British approved an attack into Palestine in late February.  The British still had numerical superiority in the area, and the railway and water pipeline from Egypt had now completely crossed the Sinai–though water would still prove a major restriction for operations in southern Palestine.

The British planned an assault on Gaza, similar in pattern to their progress through the Sinai to Rafah in the previous months.  Led by camelry and cavalry, the British would surround the Turkish position and attempt to quickly force them to surrender before the British ran out of water or Turkish reinforcements arrived.  The British planned to attack on the morning of March 26; however, an unexpected and unseasonable fog delayed the movement of troops and attacks could not begin until right before noon.  Nevertheless, the British infantry made substantial gains and were on the verge of cracking the Turkish positions by evening.

However, British commanders, far away from the front lines, were not aware of these successes, and had received intelligence of approaching Turkish reinforcements, and began to order a retreat that evening before the cavalry would run out of water.  The order was not adequately communicated to all units, causing substantial chaos, and the British lost around 4000 casualties over the course of two days’ fighting, substantially more than the Turks.

Dispatches back to London, however, greatly exaggerated the extent of Turkish casualties, making it seem that the British had won a definite victory.  In response, CIGS Robertson ordered a continued advance, hoping that Jerusalem would soon be captured, a task that was likely infeasible.

Today in 1916: Inter-Allied Conference in Paris
Today in 1915: Russians Press Austrians in the Carpathians

Sources include: Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans; Roger Ford, Eden to Armageddon.

Palestinian girl with rifle in Gaza. 

Edit: This post previously contained a statement to the effect that tens of thousands of child soldiers were active in the Gaza strip. I was recently asked to check my sources for this and on closer re-examination I have been unable to verify this statement to my satisfaction. Therefore I’ve decided the sentence was misleading and should be removed.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. Gaza Strip. Khan Yunis. July 23, 2014. Palestinians fleeing fighting in their neighbourhood arrive at a shelter.

General News, third prize stories at the 2015 World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

*Waits patiently for Americans to apologise for destroying my country, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan and giving birth to terrorists groups like Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, the Taliban and ISIS, but still blaming and portraying Muslims as the terrorists*