Israeli brutality against civilians scaled new heights in the current war which Israel fraudulently calls "Operation Protective Edge." In this war the Israeli army, which in their Orwellian language Israel's propagandists like to call "the most moral army in the world", has been raining death and destruction on the captive population of the Gaza Strip with little attempt to distinguish between civilian and military targets.
While pursuing the fight against Hamas, the Israeli army has bombed private homes, mosques, hospitals, health clinics, ambulances, the Islamic University of Gaza, and UN schools and shelters. It also targeted and destroyed the only power plant, as well as water and sewage systems, driving Gaza to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. An estimated $5bn worth of damage has been caused. Over 475,000 people have been displaced. The Israeli death toll stands at 67 - 64 soldiers and 3 civilians. The Israeli army has killed some 1,900 people, mostly civilians of whom 450 are children, and injured 9,500.
Avi Shlaim is an Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University