Violence of Resistance

mersault on the scaffold

GAZA

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” 

― Frantz Fanon

The picture above shows 4 children from a Palestinian family running for shelter on a beach in Gaza City. Seconds later, they were killed by shelling from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Just afterwards, Israeli officials declared that they were temporarily suspending strikes in Gaza for a five hour “humanitarian window”. The IDF, too, took to social media to ameliorate the backlash an ostensible war crime (terminology wholly absent from the discourse) would have; listing a variety of methods employed by them to minimize as far as possible civilian casualties, from the age old dropping of leaflets to phone calls and text messages sent to Gaza residents, to the new “Roof Knocking” procedure of sending non-lethal bombs to warn civilians to leave the vicinity of the…

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