'Day of Gaza’ marks Palestinians’ resistance against war, cruel siege

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA – Iran's designation of a special day as the Day of Gaza, has made the world more aware of the Palestinian plight and the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the innocent people.

The Iran Daily, in an opinion piece published on January 25, demonstrates how the annual event of commemorating the Palestinian resistance has made the public opinion more sensitive about what is going on in the Occupied Territories.

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Iran has designated January 19 as ‘The Day of Gaza’ to commemorate the resistance of innocent and courageous Palestinians against the criminal and cruel Zionist regime.

The day was named in the aftermath of the resistance put up by residents of Gaza Strip in the face of the full-scale Israeli invasion which led to their victory in the 22-day Gaza War during December 27, 2008-January 18, 2009.

During the 22-day period, the people of Gaza withstood Israeli’s land, air and sea attacks in an unequal war and eventually, through heroic resistance, managed to force them to retreat and, even, deliver heavy blows to the brutal regime.

At the end of this war, international authorities convicted Israel of committing widespread international crimes against humanity. They were also found guilty of perpetrating war crimes such as bombarding residential areas, schools, social gatherings and Gaza Strip’s economic infrastructures as well as using unconventional weapons such as cluster bombs, for which the perpetrators have not been brought to justice.

On the whole, the aim of designating this day was to express gratitude for the gallant resistance of the Gaza people against Israeli invasions, preventing the Zionist regime’s crimes from fading into oblivion and promoting justice. Like Quds Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of the lunar month of Ramadan, ‘The Day of Gaza’ has provided the opportunity to let the world realize the innocence of the Palestinians and inform international communities about what has been and is going on in the Gaza Strip.

A glance at the global political trends and developments indicates that resistance of the Palestinians during the 22-day war, has made the world more aware of Israeli crimes against the Gazans. With each passing day, world public opinion is becoming more sensitive to the plight of the innocent people of Palestine.

In the past few years, the trend of European parliaments officially recognizing Palestine as an independent state has gained momentum under the pressure of public opinion in these countries. Even the British Parliament, which was once among the main architects in the formation of Israel in the Middle East, currently, recognizes Palestine as a state. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly accepted Palestine as a non-member observer state with 193 votes in favor. Palestine has made great diplomatic achievements over the past few years. The country has managed to gain membership in a large number of international organizations. The Zionist regime is terribly intimidated by the increasing global popularity and greater international legitimacy of the Palestinians. Palestine has even become a member of the International Criminal Court and has called on the organization to investigate Israelis’ crimes in Gaza War and condemn them — an appeal which has been upheld by the court.

After this news was announced, the US and Israeli officials voiced their concern about the consequences of the court’s decision. They were extremely worried that the investigations may lead to the disclosure of the depth of the Zionist regime’s crimes and, thus, condemnation of Israeli soldiers, officers and officials as well as its proponents.

As an outcome of the Gaza people’s resistance and Palestine’s international efforts, global pressures on Israel have been built up. Currently, the Zionist regime is facing a serious and increasing risk of being ostracized. This is further confirmed by Israel’s dissensions with a number of the countries, particularly European states, which are among the most important allies of the regime. The risk of Israel losing some of its allies has caused some internal discords. A large number of Israeli experts, elites and parties maintain that strong resistance of the Palestinians, coupled with, the excessive demands of the Likud party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, have largely reversed the global trends in favor of the Palestinians.

They hold that the continuation of the trend will heighten the risk of the regime being ostracized and faced with widespread internal, regional and global problems. They also believe that in case Netanyahu resumes his radical policies, the Zionist regime will eventually be doomed to dissolution.

Therefore, Islamic nations and NGOs as well as elites in the World of Islam, or, basically, any liberal person, who cares for humanity, are all required to back the resistance of the Palestinians until they achieve ultimate victory, and let the world know about the Israelis’ brutal crimes in Gaza Strip. Also, all people should shore up Palestinians in their effort to withstand the blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel, which is as cruel and brutal as the regime’s crimes during the 22-day war.

Gaza Strip has been under Israel’s blockade since June 2007. The crippling siege has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

Islamic countries and global media, press and NGOs are required to force Israel into ending the siege of Gaza by initiating a global movement to this end.

Israel launched its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught. Over 11,100 others — including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people —were also injured.