25 March 2009

NEW REPORT~Israeli White Phosphorus War Crimes

Reports of Israeli war crimes are coming out fast and furious now. Today, a new 71 page report just issued on Israeli war crimes regarding the use of White Phosphorous in Gaza.. The sheer number of cases and the sheer volume of evidence is staggering. I cannot see how Israel can squirm their way out of this one. Even using all their hasbara techniques, their online troll groups and their Jewish Lobby, it won’t work this time. Thanks to the internet the world has now seen for themselves, and no matter how hard Israel tries to re-paint the picture, we all remember what we saw, and those images will never leave us! We want and expect justice for all those innocent people murdered and burned alive.

Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza

Israel's military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a 71-page report, the rights group said the repeated use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells in populated areas of Gaza was not incidental or accidental, but revealed "a pattern or policy of conduct".

It said the Israeli military used white phosphorus in a "deliberate or reckless" way. The report says:

• Israel was aware of the dangers of white phosphorus.

• It chose not to use alternative and less dangerous smoke shells.

• In one case, Israel even ignored repeated warnings from UN staff before hitting
the main UN compound in Gaza with white phosphorus shells on 15 January.

"In Gaza, the Israeli military didn't just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops," said Fred Abrahams, a senior Human Rights Watch researcher. "It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren't in the area and safe smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died." He said senior commanders should be held to account.

The Israeli military has defended its conduct in Gaza in the face of mounting allegations of serious violations of international law and said its soldiers did not intentionally target civilians. When Israel's use of white phosphorus emerged during the war, the military at first denied using the weapon, then said it only used weapons in accordance with international law.

White phosphorus burns in contact with oxygen and causes deep burns when it touches human skin, sometimes reaching to the bone. The weapon is not illegal itself and can be used to provide a smokescreen on the battlefield or as an incendiary weapon against a military target. However, its use is regulated even by customary international law. It must be used in a way that distinguishes between combatants and civilians and cannot be used to target civilians.

Most of the Israeli military's white phosphorus in Gaza was fired in 155mm artillery shells, each containing 116 wedges soaked with the chemical.

In January, the Guardian found one such shell still smoking several days after it was fired, outside the home of the Abu Halima family in Atatra. One white phosphorous shell hit the house directly, killing a father and four of his children. His wife was severely burnt.

Human Rights Watch also reported the same case.
Human Rights Watch found 24 spent white phosphorus shells in Gaza, all from the same batch made in a US ammunition factory in 1989 by Thiokol Aerospace. Other shells were photographed during the war with markings showing they were made in the Pine Bluff Arsenal, also in America, in 1991.

The group said it found no evidence that Hamas fighters used Palestinian civilians as human shields - a key Israeli claim - in the area at the time of the attacks it researched.

The rights group studied six cases in detail in which 12 civilians were killed and dozens more were injured.

In one case, witnesses described how a white phosphorus shell hit a car in Tel al-Hawa, in south-eastern Gaza City, killing a bank manager, his wife and two of their children on 15 January.

On the same day, at about 7.30am, Israeli artillery shells began falling near the main compound of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City, where 700 civilians were sheltering. UN staff made repeated telephone calls to the Israeli military asking them to stop but, at about 10am, six shells hit the compound, three of which contained white phosphorus.The warehouse was hit, causing at least $10m of damage, and it continued to burn for 12 days.

In another case, on 17 January, an artillery shell that had already discharged its white phosphorus hit a UN school in Beit Lahiya, where 1,600 civilians were sheltering. It killed two brothers in a classroom and severely injured their mother and cousin.


eretz said...

eat a dick you arab cocksucking faggot. Israel belongs to us the Jews, not to the Arab occupiers. Gaza, Samaria, and Judea belong to us, not the "Filastines" who have a claim on nothing. Ooh Phosphorous, so "deadly" g_d's sake its a damn chemical powder, not a weapon, its for illuminating night strikes and obscuring bombs and missles. The UN is a bunch of faggots, I wouldn't leave them alone with my kid and the neighborhood bully they'd keep saying my kid was causing mental trauma to the bully when he defended himself and bloodied the fucker's nose in. got it dumbass? probly not, cause u irish faggots drink too much.

eretz said...

You motherfucking arab sucking Irish faggot. Phosphorous is for smokescreens and illuminating night time battlefields. And so what if it kills some Arab invader terrorists? Screw them, the Arabs occupying Gaza, Samaria, Judea. Its our Jewish homeland, not theirs. The UN is a bunch of pussies and faggots. I wouldn't let them handle a neighborhood bully beating up my son. They'd fucking blame the son for "traumatizing" the bully when my son hit him back. Just like you brainwashed dumbass idiot who writes a retarded blog of lies to cover more Arab lies. What about the 850,000 Jews kicked out of their homes in the now Arab world in 1948? Where is their compensation? Where is their returned land? Oh there is none, and the "filastine" occupiers have a country - Jordan. later ya bitch

BanSidhe said...
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BanSidhe said...

@ eretz IP

thank you for proving my point

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