Los Angeles, 17 March 2024 (TDI): The 96th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The ceremony commenced on Sunday, March 10, 2024. During the award ceremony, 380 Hollywood stars wore a pin bearing “Stop the fire in Gaza” in a historic scene that has never been seen before in the capital of the film industry against the brutal attack on Gaza by Israel.

But the most powerful event is the speech of the Jewish director, Jonathan Glazer in the victory speech for his film about the events of the Holocaust in the terrible Auschwitz camp.

In his speech, he said that Judaism and the tragedy of the Holocaust were seized from a brutal regime and were being exploited in a massacre against humanity in Gaza, and he disavowed that.

The incident is a historic and unprecedented shift in winning the hearts and minds of one of the biggest strongholds in shaping global public opinion.

It is pertinent to note that the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine took a dangerous turn when in the early hours of October 7, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas launched ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Storm’ against Israel.

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Subsequently, Israel launched the brutal Operation Iron Swords with complete backing from the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and the West.

Ever since, it has been indiscriminately targeting hapless civilians including women, children, healthcare workers as well as journalists with impunity.

As of March 15, 2024, the situation in Gaza remains deeply concerning. At least 31,490 people, including more than 12,300 children, 8,400 women. More than 73,439 people have been injured, including at least 8,663 children, and 6,327 women.

In addition, more than 8,0001 are missing. In the Occupied West Bank, at least 433 people, including more than 116 children and more than 4,6501 have been injured.

More than half of Gaza’s homes (360,000 residential units) have been destroyed or damaged. 392 educational facilities have been affected. 12 out of 35 hospitals are only partially functioning. 83% of groundwater wells are not operational.

Since October 7, more than 100 journalists, mostly Palestinians, have lost their lives. The Gaza Strip, home to approximately 2.3 million people, faces immense challenges due to its dense population. The area, located between Israel and Egypt on the Mediterranean coast, has been under a 16-year blockade.

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