This week, unfortunately, has been riddled with tragedy. From Israel continuing to attack Gaza to the recent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight, this week’s news headlines have been grim to say the least. In an effort to give both of these ongoing issues their proper respect, This Week In PR will focus solely on these developments.
- Earlier this week, Israel ended its cease-fire and continued its air strike attack against Gaza. The death toll has risen to over 260 civilians and shows no sign of slowing down. Efforts to quell the aggression between the two countries have yet to prove successful (CNN). Since the end of the cease-fire, Israel has also bombed a Gaza beach, killing four young boys of the Bakr family (Wall Street Journal). Most recently, a CNN live segment was interrupted when Israeli onlookers cheered as bombs rocketed across the sky over Gaza (Buzzfeed). It remains unclear whether or not U.S. involvement will happen in the near future.
- Just yesterday, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the sky from over 30,000 feet in the air. Although the event is still under investigation, it is clear that the explosion was caused by a ground to air missile. Because the plane wreckage is above ground (as opposed to submerged underwater), answers about the cause of the crash are coming more quickly (TIME). It’s also been revealed that the plane held some of the greatest minds and pioneers in the fight against HIV/AIDS who were on their way to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia (Buzzfeed). Hopefully the loss of these researchers will not slow the ongoing battle in the AIDS community.