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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tawfiq Abu Riyala, a fisherman from Gaza, killed by Israeli Defence Forces.

The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The barbaric blockade by Israel of Gaza, should have been lifted or at least scaled down as part of the ceasefire agreement to end the Israeli "Protective Edge" operation of July last year. The agreement provided for the opening of the border crossings to allow building materials, medical supplies and other essential materials into Gaza, the shrinking of the "buffer zone", around the perimeter of Gaza to allow Palestinians access to their farm lands, and the extension of the fishing zones around Gaza to 12 miles.
Due to the duplicitous relationship between the ruling clique of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt and the Israeli occupation forces in Palestine under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, none of these ceasefire provisions have been implemented. The western governments, again turn a blind eye to the flagrant disregard of agreements and Israel is free to continue is callous and inhuman treatment of Palestinians. The Palestinian people in the occupied territories and in Gaza have no choice but to resist the Israeli aggressors with what ever means may be available.

Protesters carry the body of Tawfiq Abu Riyala
Protesters carry the body of Tawfiq Abu Riyala

This latest atrocity in the waters off Gaza is just one instance amid thousands of instances where Palestinian civilians have been targeted by Israeli forces for no other reason than that they were Palestinians. Murder of unarmed civilians by the IDF or Israeli “settlers” is an everyday occurrence in Hebron, Nablus, Jerusalem, Gaza and a hundred other places in the occupied lands of Palestine.
The killing of Tawfiq Abu Riyala, a fisherman from Gaza, is only the latest killing in a catalogue of atrocities carried out be Israeli forces over many years. The mane of Tawfiq Abu Riyala will be forgotten as will the circumstances of his murder as he is added to the list of statistics in this wretched conflict which stretches back over decades.
The cumulative amount of war crimes and atrocities committed by Israel over the same period will live in infamy until they are finally brought to account.