Photos from Gaza serve two very important purposes. They have provided evidence of Israeli use of white phosphorous on civilians, the bombing of hospitals and ambulances (not to mention mosques, government offices, houses, and the rest of the non-military infrastructure of Gaza which are not considered acceptable targets in war). But they also display and document the suffering of Palestinians. The fill the record so that when the United States wakes up from its slumber, its government and citizens will be able to look back on the suffering they had previously ignored. Here are some of the most important photos from Gaza:
White phosphorus raining down on civilians in a UN building.
Using white phosphorus against civilians is a war crime. This man's burns are proof that it happened.
An ambulance struck by Israeli shells.
More evidence of war crimes, not to mention sadism. This boy is 15, his chemical burns caused by white phosphorus. Courtesy of the International Solidarity Movement Flickr.
Palestinian boys in the ruins of their home. Courtesy of ISM Flickr.
What can this man do for his child?
These boys sit next to the empty desks of their classmates on the first day back to school...
A brave young boy stands up to his occupier.
If you were wondering who did this. Scrawled in a building occupied by the IDF during the most recent invasion.
IDF soldiers left behind many messages. This one reads"We came to annihilate you."