Dennis Kucinich, former US Representative from Ohio, published a piece in The Guardian which argues that Israel’s latest attack on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is not about “security” but rather a “land grab.”
Kucinich provides a little insight into what is really happening in Gaza:
There is a land grab going on. The Israeli prime minister, Binjamin Netanyahu, has shrunk Gaza’s habitable land mass by 44%, with an edict establishing a 3km (1.8-mile) buffer zone, a “no-go” zone for Palestinians – and that’s quite significant, because a good part of Gaza is only 3 to 4 miles wide. Over 250,000 Palestinians within this zone must leave their homes, or be bombed. As their territorial space collapses, 1.8m Gazans now living in 147 square miles will be compressed into 82 square miles.
The former US Representative from Ohio added that that Gaza’s entire social and physical infrastructure of housing, hospitals, places of worship, more than 130 of its schools, plus markets, water systems, sewer systems and roads are being destroyed. He suggests that Israel is committing genocide without actually saying the word.
As a result of Gaza’s shrinking land mass at the hands of the Israelis, Kucinich wonders, “what is the end game?”
One theory is that the end game is the total annihilation of the Palestinian people and the Israeli takeover of the Gaza Strip. Israel’s war is about acquiring land, not destroying Hamas. Israel is killing Palestinians, causing serious bodily and mental harm to children and babies, and deliberately inflicting on Palestinians’ conditions by physically destroying Gazan infrastructure. This is genocide. This is the end game.