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Gaza: One Year On
Gaza: The War of Words
A year after Israel's offensive in Gaza, another battle is still being played out.
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2009 10:54 GMT



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A year on from Israel's offensive in Gaza, another battle is still being played out.

The war of words between Israel and opponents of last year's war continues, with the latest flare-up centred on the UN's Goldstone report.

The 575-page fact-finding mission report on the Gaza conflict accuses Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters of committing war crimes.

Since its release, it has received widespread criticism within Israel and the US, and has even been rejected by the US congress as being irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy.

The Israeli government responded to Goldstone's allegations by announcing that 30 of the 36 "most serious" cases sited in the UN report were "baseless". And that the others were due to operational errors and mistakes.

They also launched a diplomatic campaign to discuss initial findings.

While everyone is busy apportioning blame, there is little chance of developments to the peace process.

As the hopes for justice fade, so too does the Gazan voice.

in depth

Still mired in spiralling rates of unemployment and drug addiction, the people of Gaza struggle to get an education and adequate health care.

The blockade, which is still in full force, continues to hold the 1.5 million inhabitants imprisoned and there is no sign of a unity government on the horizon.

And the war failed to achieve Israel's stated aims of halting rocket fire into southern Israel.

Gaza: The War of Words explores the various claims and counter-claims against Israel and Hamas that have been made in the past year and looks at the international community's role in that war of words.

Gaza: The War of Words can be seen from Monday, December 28, 2009 at the following times GMT: 0130, 1130; Tuesday: 1630, 2330; Wednesday: 0630; Thursday: 0300; Friday: 0830.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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