The Gaza Strip is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

On 7 October 2023, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched armed incursions into Israel, while launching at least 3,000 rockets. In total, the attackers killed 1,139 people (695 Israeli civilians among them). About 250 Israelis were taken as hostages, among them 30 children (Semerdjian, 2024).

Israel's response has led to a humanitarian crisis, having already killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, 70% of them women and minors, and almost all civilians. Israel's actions have been criticised as resulting in war crimes, with South Africa charging Israel with genocide in the International Court of Justice.

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has triggered a devastating social collapse, including famine, healthcare breakdown, plus shortages of fuel, medication, water, and other essential supplies. The siege has also resulted in a 90% drop in electricity availability, impacting hospital power supplies, sewage plants, and shutting down the desalination plants that provide drinking water. Widespread disease outbreaks have spread across Gaza (Mellen, 2023).

No child in Gaza is free from fear, pain and hunger — UNICEF, 2024.

Ave Imperator is an artwork by Tomas Laurenzo.

This artwork hopes to contribute to a better understanding of a complex political landscape where the silencing of victims' voices coexists with loud displays of double standards by most world leaders. For example, the EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, admitted that western countries apply double standards when it comes to the wars in Ukraine and Israeli-occupied Palestine.

Coherently, U.S. President Biden, after bypassing the U.S. Congress to directly approve more than 100 separate sales of weapons to Israel, has recently said that the U.S. will stop sending bombs and artillery shells to Israel if it launches a major invasion of Rafah (CNN, 2024). This, however, caused the Republicans in the U.S. House to pass a bill pushing Biden to keep sending weapons to Israel (AlJazeera, 2024).

Real-time injustice, even of the most epic sort, is often simply not recognized as such at the time, no matter how obvious the injustice later appears. Man is hard wired to submit (adapt) to any condition and then consider it normal. Our acceptance of injustice is reinforced by the going ideology.

Mark Ames (2005).





References:
Smerdjian, 2024: Semerdjian, Elyse. "A World Without Civilians." Journal of Genocide Research (2024): 1-6.
Mellen, 2023: Mellen, Ruby; Chen, Szu Yu (26 October 2023). "See how Israel's siege has plunged Gaza into darkness and isolation". The Washington Post.
Amex, 2005: Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion: From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond (2005), p. 43.
UNICEF, 2024: Child Rights Committee statement on children in Gaza.
AP, 2023: The Biden administration once again bypasses Congress on an emergency weapons sale to Israel.
CNN, 2024: Biden says he will stop sending bombs and artillery shells to Israel if it launches major invasion of Rafah.
AlJazeera, 2024: Republicans in US House pass bill pushing Biden to send weapons to Israel.