On July 7, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces commenced operation ‘Protective Edge’ in the Gaza Strip. This was Israel’s third military assault on Gaza since 2009. Why did the hostilities erupt? The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry concluded:
The hostilities of 2014 erupted in the context of the protracted occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and of the increasing number of rocket attacks on Israel. In the preceding months, there were few, if any, political prospects for reaching a solution to the conflict that would achieve peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis and realize the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.
On this first day, no one knew what the future might bring.
Amy Goodman on Democracy Now reported on July 7, 2014:
Israel has carried out deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip amidst continued violence following the killings of a Palestinian teenager and three teenage Israeli settlers. At least nine Hamas members were killed Sunday when the Israeli military bombed two parts of Gaza. It was Israel’s deadliest strike on Gaza since an eight-day assault in late 2012. Hamas has called the strikes a “grave escalation” and has threatened to retaliate. Palestinian rocket attacks have continued on southern parts of Israel, with 25 fired on Sunday. Israeli troops have massed along the Gaza border, threatening a potential full-scale attack.
AlJazeera‘s headline that day: Israel launches military offensive in Gaza. And The Guardian: Hamas vows revenge on Israel after seven members die in air strike. Now, it’s time for the world to hear from the Palestinians who survived.