Mainstream media falsely frames Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians as ‘retaliatory’

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After 21 months of a one-way ceasefire, Israel is once again escalating attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Yesterday, Israeli shelling killed Zaina Attia al-Amour, a 54-year-old grandmother.

“My mum was killed while sitting peacefully in our farm,” her son Mohammed al-Amour told Middle East Eye’s Mohammed Omer.

Airstrikes in eastern Rafah also injured 21-year-old Khazima al-Farra.

Two days before, airstrikes on Gaza City injured three children and 65-year-old Hassan Hassanien.

In response to the recent Israeli attacks, Palestinian resistance groups have launched rockets and mortars, however, no injuries have been reported to Israeli soldiers or civilians.

… As The Electronic Intifada’s Rania Khalek observed, The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont wrote that “Israel and Hamas have largely observed a ceasefire since the 2014 war.”

That’s a half-truth, at best.

Hamas, for its part, “has not fired a single bullet” into Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon boasted this February. “We’ve been enjoying unprecedented quiet.”

Israel, however, has broken the ceasefire regularly, with deadly results.

On October 10, 2015, Israeli forces shot more than 145 protesters inside Gaza, killing seven.

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