As tensions continue to rise in the Middle East, Israeli forces are moving farther into Gaza, expanding their military operation “Protective Edge” that started on July 8.
The death toll has risen on both sides of the border with more than 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis killed in almost two weeks, according to recent estimates.
Although the majority of people who have been killed in the Gaza Strip are civilians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that his country has the right to defend itself from “terrorists.”
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron also gave their approval for the operation last week, reiterating Netanyahu’s point that Israel can and should protect itself from Hamas militants.
But not everyone in the world feels the same way.
In fact, there are millions who think that Netanyahu ought to stop immediately because his “targeted strikes” are mostly killing innocent people.
In the past few days, a lot of people took to streets, started social media campaigns to express solidarity with Palestinians and calling for an end to Israel’s onslaught.
Two Palestinian girls in Canada, however, came up with perhaps the most incredible form of protest in through a social experiment.
They asked people for hugs, holding a sign that read “Hug A Terrorist” and recorded the reactions of people which were – as it turned out – priceless.
The video attempted to show the real victims of Netanyahu’s so-called defensive operation – the children.
International charity organization Save The Children stated that “one out of every five people” killed in Gaza has been a child since the violence started, adding the number of children dying has risen by more than 40 percent since the ground operation into Gaza began on July 17.
Another special initiative that aims to spread love and interfaith harmony between Israelis and the Muslim world is a social media campaign called “Jews and Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies.”
Its Facebook page was created right after Operation Protective Edge was launched. From thereon, it became a huge success and is now being used on different online forums by people calling for peace and compassion for both Israelis and Gazans.
Here are some of the most popular posts from the viral campaign.
It’s unfortunate how the Israeli authorities and Hamas militants cannot see what these people are trying to say.
At of the time of writing this post, both the parties have refused to accept an agreement for cease-fire.