International volunteers and staff have refused to evacuate a hospital in the Gaza Strip in defiance of numerous warnings from Israel.
The building has been hit by a number of Israeli tanks shells, but still the staff and members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) remain, refusing to cave in to phone calls from Israel warning that by staying behind they risk behind bombed.
"I would say we are using their racism against [Israel], to protect Palestinian life. So that's what we are doing at the hospital and that's what why we are in Gaza," said 23-year-old ISM member Fred Ekblad.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.