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After the dust settled and a fragile ceasefire was reached, the true extent of the Gazan plight was uncovered. Gaza was once a large prison for its people; today it has turned into a graveyard and an area of condolence and widespread destruction. But whilst the Palestinians of Gaza experienced shock as a result of horrific deaths and loss of possessions, Israel’s concern has increased as a result of what was revealed during the war and in its aftermath.

The Israeli media has begun expressing official and private concerns regarding the possibility of Israeli officials, including politicians and military figures, facing legal prosecution following accusations of war crimes in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead.

This seems more likely this time than in the past when Israel committed war crimes and international justice failed to take legal action against those responsible. The horrific scenes that the world witnessed of Gaza and its children, who died under the debris or were shot and deliberately killed, galvanized a significant number of human rights organizations and officials in the world’s biggest international institutions, a number of which began to document these violations through interviews and the images of victims of Israel’s attacks.

Leaks in the Israeli media revealed the extent of unprecedented concern in Israel regarding the possibility of military officers, ministers, members of the Knesset, and diplomats facing arrest in different parts of the world and being trialed in the same way that senior officials in Serbia and Zimbabwe were trialed.

The matter is getting worse for Israel after the Western media had been permitted to enter the Gaza Strip and see the extent of the destruction for itself.

The issue of allowing the media to enter Gaza began with a particular abundance of Arab media figures that could reach Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing. This indicates that the media interest in Gaza will only increase and will not be limited to local reporters. It will involve a large number of journalists and workers appointed by their institutions to investigate what really happened in the Gaza Strip from within the Gaza Strip.

Perhaps it is up to Arab media figures and journalists, who have begun to flock to Gaza in order to broadcast the suffering of its people and to convey the truth behind the tragedy that Palestinians are enduring, to transform sympathy into a useful campaign that focuses on the idea of not destroying the establishment of a Palestinian state and taking legal action against Israeli officials for war crimes, which appears to be a serious source of concern for the Hebrew state.

It is an important moment that should be seized in order to create an effective, active political and media strategy….

It is important today not to push the Palestinians towards the option of suicide operations via slogans that state that resistance is the only option or that what happened in Gaza was a victory.

As well as treating the serious Palestinian wounds and the pain, it is a moral duty to cooperate with the Palestinians politically and through the media in a more rational and moral manner.

The Gazans need justice. Let that justice begin with legal action against Israel to deter it from committing new crimes and let the method be extensive political and media mobilization, not empty words.

We have had enough of the blood of Gaza’s people being played with recklessly. Playing on emotions and expanding the sea of blood are unacceptable.