The Editorial Staff

The Gaza Strip, bordering Egypt and Israel, covers approximately 25 miles by 4—7 miles and has a population of 1.7 million people. Israel withdrew its occupying force in 2005, but the Gaza Strip has been subject to a crippling economic blockade since 2007. Attempts by international peace activists to break the blockade have led to fatal confrontations with the Israeli Defence Force. Border skirmishes between the Palestinians and Israelis happen consistently, and have in 2008—2009, and in 2013 (as of print) led to massive destruction and killing in Gaza by the combined might of the Israeli air, navy and ground forces. The 2008—09 conflict saw approximately 1,400 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths. There was an international outcry at the number of civilians, particularly children, who were killed, and there was much evidence of the use of banned weapons (white phosphorous) by Israeli forces. The international community has mobilised much support for the people of Gaza. Including the hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ which launched cyber attacks on over 700 Israeli websites.