The humanitarian pause in the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip that began last Friday was extended this Monday (27) for another two days, valid until Wednesday (29). As of last night, 58 Israeli hostages had already been released by Hamas, while 117 Palestinians were released by Israel.
There is an expectation that more Palestinians and Israeli hostages will be released by the middle or end of this week. To take stock of these days of truce, the Central do Brasil program this Monday (11/27) spoke with Arlene Clemesha, professor of Arab history at the University of São Paulo (USP).
In Clemesha’s view, it is difficult to assess whether the truce has the potential to change the course of the conflict. “There were violations, the expected number of humanitarian aid trucks did not enter the Gaza strip from the start, Israel did not authorize this entry, which made Hamas quite upset, there was a delay in the release of the hostages on the second day, which also delayed the release of Palestinian prisoners. Two Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army when they tried to go to the north of the Gaza Strip to retrieve their belongings.”
Still, she states that for Israel the truce is also interesting insofar as it proved to be necessary to reorganize the offensive. “There are military reasons behind this whole hostage exchange and they are linked to the fact that Israel has already declared from the beginning that this is a pause, that it intends to return with the offensive as soon as this humanitarian pause ends. We hope that in understanding, including global public opinion, this can actually become a truce and not just a humanitarian pause.”
The videos of the hostage release by Hamas caught our attention, they show these people in good condition, even interacting with members of the group. On the other hand, Israel has avoided press conferences with freed hostages since the episode of that lady who was released and said she was treated well.
In this sense, Arlene Clemesha highlights that Israel is waging a propaganda war against Hamas. “These people were not mistreated in principle, it is even possible to believe that they had more support than a large part of the population of the Gaza Strip, this clashed with Israel’s war propaganda, because it was necessary for Israeli public opinion to believe that they were fighting a cruel and implacable enemy.”
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Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho