5. Israeli hawks and their American clones depict Gaza as a foreign, hostile state with which Israel is at war. In fact, the Gaza strip is a small territory of 1.7 million people militarily occupied by Israel (something in which the UN and other international bodies concur). Israelis do not allow it to have a port or airport, nor to export most of what it produces. Palestinians cannot work about a third of its land, which is reserved by Israel as a security buffer. As an occupied territory, it is covered by the Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of occupied populations by their military occupier. Indiscriminate bombing of occupied territories by the occupier is clearly illegal in international law.
Juan Cole, “Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza” | Informed Comment 11/17/12
The professor is uncharacteristically strident in this post. This drives home the point that the humanitarian situation is dire for people of Gaza, half of whom are minors, not Hamas. Compassionate people need to find a way to stop this.