/ 07 June 2024

Israel moves on central Gaza


The Squiz 

The way Israel is conducting its military campaign in Gaza is back in focus after an airstrike on a school in the territory’s central area killed at least 30 people, including 5 children. The school, which is in the Nuseirat refugee camp and run by the local United Nations agency,  has been used as a shelter since Israel’s offensive began in Gaza in response to the Hamas terror attacks on 7 October. Israeli officials said it was targeted because it was a hidden Hamas command post (which Hamas has denied) and they say the strike killed Hamas operatives who took part in the 7 October attacks.

What are people saying?

Israel’s military said “a number of steps were taken to reduce the risk of harming uninvolved civilians during the strike” before it was carried out. But after similar deadly attacks at refugee camps prompted international condemnation, there’s another round of criticism of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach to the war coming his way… Aid groups say the “insane escalation of violence” in recent weeks is causing “apocalyptic” scenes in Gaza – Doctors Without Borders officials say “this man-made catastrophe needs to stop now”. On that, US President Joe Biden has been pushing hard for Israel and Hamas to sign a new ceasefire/hostage release deal, but they haven’t agreed on terms yet. Tensions are also escalating along the Israel/Lebanon border, with Netanyahu threatening “very intense” action against the militant group Hezbollah. 

And what did I hear about the Greens yesterday? 

The top line is that Greens leader Adam Bandt has threatened to sue Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. He claims Dreyfus made “defamatory statements” about him over his stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict during an ABC interview on Wednesday. Bandt’s been front and centre this week, with PM Anthony Albanese, Dreyfus and Coalition leader Peter Dutton accusing him and the Greens of undermining social cohesion. They say the intimidating actions of pro-Palestine protestors outside several MPs’ offices have been stoked by the Greens – something Dreyfus expanded on in the interview. Yesterday Bandt threatened to sue, adding that politicians “are not the victims” of this conflict. 

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