After a ceasefire came into effect on Saturday night, life in Gaza returned to “normal,” or in other words, back to the routine of life under closure and occupation. Erez Crossing was reopened on Sunday, allowing the few Palestinians who meet Israel’s criteria for permits to exit and enter the Strip. Entry and exit of goods via Kerem Shalom has been restored, allowing in fuel, food and humanitarian supplies.
The full extent of the damage caused by Israel’s latest assault on Gaza is just beginning to surface, but we’ve seen this script before. Despite its far-reaching control over life in Gaza and repeated, deadly attacks on the Strip, Israel continues to evade all responsibility for Palestinians’ lives and human rights.
In between wars, when Gaza is no longer in the headlines, Israeli policies continuously harm Palestinians, who are left to pick up the pieces, cope with the horrors and the ongoing trauma, and mourn the lives lost. Only removing the closure, ending the occupation, and apartheid will get us off repeat.