Israel may take Rafah, but they’ve lost the war and the people including their own.

Since October 7th, there have been thousands of deaths and thousands of injuries—primarily on the Palestinian side of the Israel-Gaza border (if one could be kind enough to call it a ‘border’ and not a prison gate).

The attack on Gaza has been relentless in the bloody pursuit of the total annihilation of the indigenous peoples of Palestine. The exact number stands currently at thirty-four thousand five hundred and ninety-six dead by the Israeli military. The number of Israeli deaths is far lower, though Hamas, the organization behind the October 7th attack, still holds dozens of hostages.

The hostages who have been freed have mostly spoken out in not entirely negative terms of their captors, with many commenting on the direness of conditions in Gaza. Many of those with hostages still in the Gaza region have called on Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the far-right party ‘Likud’ and President of Israel, to end the war and secure the release of the hostages.

There has been a worldwide outcry for peace and an end to the occupation has been heard across the world. But government responses are varied. Many countries, such as Brazil and Ireland, along with the African National Congress of South Africa—just to name a few—have publicly declared their solidarity with Palestine.

The Western Empire of the United States of America, along with the former home of the British Empire, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are two countries amongst a few who’ve kept their loyalty to Israel. A position neither has seemed likely to change with their upcoming elections either—all four candidates have spoken well of Israel and poorly of Palestine.

In fact, a bill that passed through The Senate just last week, which banned TikTok (where there has been a large gathering of content creators posting about Palestine), also guaranteed over $4 billion to Israel.

Whilst the support in the Senate and British parliament might remain strong, on the streets as well as on University campuses on both sides of The Atlantic, students have risen up to protest policies by their universities and by the government which support Israel.

The West’s reaction has been overwhelmingly brutal in its result as protests have been attacked by the police on several campuses, including Columbia University and University of California. President Biden, in a White House press meeting, condemned the protestors in a speech which lacked awareness and felt hollow—“Peaceful protest is in the best tradition of how Americans respond to consequential issues. Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduation—none of this is a peaceful protest, threatening people, intimidating people, instilling fear in people is not peaceful protest. It’s against the law.”

This coming from a leader of the country financing a recognized genocide—to this day, there has been no evidence of threat, intimidation, or the intent to instill fear by the Pro-Palestinian movement. Meanwhile, Zionists have been shown to attack both protestors in the west while breaking international laws and conventions multiple times in the Middle East.

Just this past week, a report confirmed that Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian who was fleeing a military zone in Gaza, was brutally killed in a massacre by Israeli soldiers. Hind is one of many proven instances of intentional civilian targeting by the IDF. It seems, while Israeli is happy to mass murder civilians, the States won’t quite go that far with protestors—however, violent instances of Police attacking protestors and faculty members alike show a similar line of brutality.

Despite the barbaric response by police forces, almost all protests have shown great signs of solidarity as many different groups, including both Muslims and Jews, protest the attacks together.

In an interview with Stay Tuned NBC, one Jewish student noted how the protest was clearly not antisemitic, as being of the Jewish faith first and foremost he “loved being alive” but also that the encampment feels “hopeful, if a little frustrated.”

It is clear to anyone on any of these protests that these movements for a ceasefire demonstrate the movements towards peaceful coexistence. Peace does remain an option as the latest ceasefire agreement is being reviewed by Hamas’ delegation in Cairo, Egypt.

Whilst no ceasefire is yet agreed, it seems even with preparing for the final assault on Rafah that the movement for Palestine and peace has taken wings and flown higher than Biden or Netanyahu could imagine.

We will keep you updated if this story develops. For now, the war continues. Though the protest movement, if remaining at its current strength, could see the end to this period of violence in Gaza.

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