Chronicles of Palestine 23: “Giving up is not an option”

The total number of Palestinians killed since October 7 now exceeds 13,215, including at least 5,500 children, although official figures have not been updated for days due to the collapse of Gaza’s health system, which collects the data. Israel makes it increasingly clear that its true objectives are the mass expulsion of Palestinians, ethnic cleansing and territorial conquest. But the Palestinian resistance refuses to give up, and they have the increasingly massive and determined support of the working people of the world.

Wednesday, November 15

The United Nations Security Council passed its first resolution on the conflict since it began, calling for “prolonged humanitarian pauses,” a completely insufficient measure, and quickly rejected by Israel.

Fighting continued at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, with a doctor reporting a new raid from the southern gate of the complex. Israel’s military released photos of a handful of firearms, flak jackets, and other light equipment it claimed to have found at the hospital, calling them evidence that Hamas used it as an operational command center. It is evident that the Israeli accusation of military use of hospitals as a justification for attacking them with the true purpose of terrorizing the Palestinian population is a lie.

Israel has also begun asking some residents of Khan Younis in southern Gaza to evacuate to “known shelters,” after weeks of telling thousands of Palestinians to flee from the north to the south.

The Pentagon reported that a US warship shot down a drone launched from Yemen over the Red Sea, the second such incident during the conflict.

Thursday, November 16

The Israeli army’s raid on al-Shifa hospital continues. The director of Gaza’s main medical complex said the situation inside the hospital is “catastrophic.” The director of the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza says the facility is now “completely out of service.”

Telecommunications companies in Gaza say all services are down again due to a lack of electricity, sparking alarm among human rights groups and Palestinian officials. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said the telecommunications outage “makes it impossible to manage or coordinate humanitarian aid convoys.” UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said he believes “there is a deliberate attempt to strangle our operation” in Gaza.

Israeli forces are raiding the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank and there are heavy clashes with the resistance.

Friday, November 17

The director of Al-Shifa Hospital said 7,000 people, including patients, doctors and other civilians seeking shelter, are trapped in Gaza’s largest hospital as Israeli soldiers continue to occupy the complex.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said the number of premature babies who died at al-Shifa Hospital rose to four.

The Israeli military said it will attack Hamas anywhere in Gaza, including in the south, raising fears about the fate of an area that Israel said was “safe” despite repeated bombings.

Israel announced it would allow two trucks of fuel into Gaza per day to boost water and sewage operations, but aid groups say deliveries are insufficient. A protest in Korea displayed thousands of pairs of shoes to symbolize and repudiate the Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people:

Saturday, November 18

This morning, Israel attacked two schools full of refugees while they were sleeping, killing hundreds of them. Al Fakhoura school in Jabalia refugee camp and Tal al-Zaatar school, both run by UNWRA.

Only a handful of people remain in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital after patients, health workers and people who had taken refuge there were forced to leave.

Netanyahu rejected a proposal put forward by Biden for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to govern Gaza. In addition to trampling on the democratic will of an entire people by attempting to impose from the outside and from above a government that the Gazans did not choose, it is confirmed that Netanyahu’s true intentions are to expel the Palestinians and keep Gaza. Palestinian resistance and international solidarity and mobilization, not Yankee imperialism, can stop it.

Sunday, November 19

The Israeli military said it found a tunnel under al-Shifa hospital, the latest in a series of such accusations. Gaza Health Ministry Mounir el-Boursh denied the Israeli statement, calling it a “pure lie.”

Israeli Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel says the international community should support the “voluntary resettlement” of Palestinians from Gaza, rather than contributing money to the reconstruction of the besieged enclave. He confirms that what Israel is trying to carry out is massive ethnic cleansing.

After his family home was destroyed in the Israeli bombing of the al-Zahra neighborhood south of Gaza City, young Gazan doctor Mohammad Abu Salem began volunteering at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital on the 19th. October, and since then, he has only seen his family twice. Expressing the Palestinian people’s will to fight, he said: “I knew working in a hospital in general would be hectic, but working in a hospital during a war is on a whole new different level. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow, if you will live or die. But giving up is not an option.

Monday, November 20

Israeli forces besieged and bombed the Indonesian hospital in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, killing at least 12 people and damaging wards. More than 5,500 children in the Gaza Strip have been killed since October 7, says aid group Save The Children.

The United States assures that they are close to reaching an agreement to “pause” the fighting and exchange captives, but Gaza authorities say that Israel is delaying the negotiation.

Yemen’s Houthis hijacked a British ship they say is linked to Israel. The Galaxy Leader is a British owned and Japanese operated ship.