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Israel’s Chemical Warfare?

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Posted on Jan 16, 2009
White Phosphorus
guardian.co.uk

Doctors at a hospital in the Gaza Strip say some wounded Palestinians show signs of having been burned by white phosphorus shells from Israeli guns.

Following previous accusations by aid agencies, a video has surfaced amid Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip that shows images “consistent with the use of white phosphorus shells”—i.e. chemical weaponry. The Israeli military has denied use of the chemical agent, which can burn skin to the bone.

The Guardian:

Video showing injuries consistent with the use of white phosporus shells has been filmed inside hospitals treating Palestinian wounded in Gaza City.

Contact with the shell remnants causes severe burns, sometimes burning the skin to the bone, consistent with descriptions by Ahmed Almi, an Egyptian doctor at the al-Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.

Almi said the entire body of one victim was burned within an hour. It was the first time he had seen the effects of what he called a “chemical weapon”.

The Israeli military has denied using white phosphorus during the assault on Gaza, but aid agencies say they have no doubt it has been used.

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By KDelphi, January 19, 2009 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

good links.yes, we used white phosphorus, as well as “mini-nukes” as they are called, in Iraq—-had to get those chemical weapons!! (so we could give them to Israel?)

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By cyrena, January 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

OK..since we were just talking about this, (and it came up a week or so as well)Here are some links that I found helpful in terms of not just the Boycott of Israel’s goods and services, but all of the many organizations that are involved in similar efforts across the spectrum. Many of these efforts (more than half) and organizations are done by Israelis themselves.

And some of these organizations, like “The Women in Black” are quite old. There has always been an activist peace element within the Israeli population. We just don’t hear enough about them, which is bad because we need to be able to support them in their efforts.

Anyway, here they are. Lots of info.

http://www.mylinkspage.com/israel.html

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By cyrena, January 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

Louise,
Thanks for making the correction. That was a brain fart on my part, (mentioning Saddam as the last to use them) because I WAS aware of the use of WP in Falluja, and you reminded us of it in the earlier post.

I was NOT aware of this DIME stuff, although I’d read reports of white phosphorus being used in Israel’s assault on Lebanon in 2006. And of course there’s been the issue with all of the cluster bombs used on Lebanon as well. I don’t know if the US used those in Iraq too, but I know that Hillary Clinton was one of too many Senators that OPPOSED the banning of these cluster bombs that keep on killing and maiming long after the initial distribution.
The DIME stuff sounds much like what the Egyptian physician is describing in the linked video. Just listening to him and seeing the victims made my blood pressure go up, and that honestly doesn’t happen that often.  I’m incensed, outraged, scandalized, mortified, and anything else anybody can think of.

Meantime, if you’ve already kicked into the research on products and/or services that we can boycott in such action against Israel, I’d be really grateful to know of it. I read a clip earlier that the Arab countries are all calling for the same among themselves, but it didn’t say what that would really involve. But in MY view, it seems the most viable tactic to use, since the UN sure isn’t able to do much via the status quo procedures designed to prevent and to punish this murderous behavior.  Israel just gives them the finger, which is the same as giving ALL of us the finger. I’m tellin’ ya, the birth of that nation came from a very bad seed indeed!!

Oh…the pipe sounds like a fine idea. It’s gotta be cheaper. Next step is to start growing the tobacco to put in it. I’ve long ago made the comparisons to the situation now, (at least MINE) to the days of the Great Depression that I’ve read about or heard from my elders. The days of rationing, and food lines, and items like drawers (or at least stockings) and cigarettes were luxuries. (even at a nickle a pack).

Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel these days, though I DO still manage to maintain a supply of clean drawers and cigarettes. Of course I’ll give up the cigarettes before the drawers and the pot to piss in. Still, who would have thought I would be juggling these particular priorities? wink

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By Louise, January 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

cyrena,

Thanks for the laugh out loud, laugh! smile

I’m thinking of taking up pipe smoking. I hear it’s cheaper.

I do have to make one correction:
“... what of Israel, since they are the ones (the only ones since Saddam) to use these chemicals in waging war on a civilian population?”

Actually we in the good old US of A used white phosphorus [a chemical weapon] in Iraq. And, there is some debate about whether some of that other nasty stuff was used. But white phosphorus for sure, in the first battle of Fallujah.

Many pictures came out of that battle. As I mentioned previously, the picture of the Marine with tears streaming down his face as he looked at the blackened skull and body of a child. He was on one knee and obviously distraught. I’ll remember that picture forever ... as I’m sure will he. By the way, according to Jane’s Defense, those white phosphorus shells being used in Israel are made in the USA .

Now I read that Israel is using an experimental weapon called DIME [Dense Inert Metal Explosives] The Israeli military first used this experimental genotoxic weapon against Gaza in 2006.

“White Phosphorous and Dense Inert Metal Explosives: Is Israel Using Banned and Experimental Munitions in Gaza?”
Democracy Now:

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/1/14/white_phosphorous_and_dense_inert_metal

“In addition to white phosphorous, medics and human rights groups are reporting they are seeing injuries distinctive of another controversial weapon. The munition, called DIME, for dense inert metal explosive, was designed to create a powerful blast over a small area. It was developed by the US Air Force in 2006. Those struck by the weapon who survive suffer severe mutilations and internal injuries. The weapon causes the tissue to be torn from the flesh. Unlike traditional munitions, there is said to be no shrapnel. Instead, particles of metals can be found in the bodies of those affected. Those residues have been found on victims in Gaza.”

I’m joining the boycott Israel movement. Takes a while to find out what they sell here in America, but it’s worth the trouble.

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By cyrena, January 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

By Louise, January 17 at 8:40 am #

Incendiary devices or incendiary bombs are bombs designed to start fires or destroy sensitive equipment using materials such as napalm, thermite, chlorine trifluoride, or white phosphorus.

Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians (effectively a reaffirmation of the general prohibition on attacks against civilians in Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions), prohibits the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons against military targets located within concentrations of civilians and loosely regulates the use of other types of incendiary weapons in such circumstances.

http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multi/texts/BH790.txt

Currently 108 States are parties to the Convention with further six having signed but not yet ratified…”
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THANKS (as usual) LOUISE!! You did the work/research, and quick.

So, we know it’s covered in Protocols I and II and that and the US is committed to Protocol III which covers it as well, even though they US hasn’t ratified it. (Protocol III)

...“To date, the United States has ratified Protocols I and II. It has assumed certain obligations under Protocol III within stated limits, but has not ratified it.

Technically, if a UN protocol is created, when a State ratifies it, it becomes binding in law. The United States has never fully ratified it. Israel has ratified with certain reservations regarding Palestine. [Kinda like one of Bush’s “signing” statements. “I accept the law unless I decide not to.”] So, while the use of these weapons is viewed illegal by some 108 nations, those who refuse to ratify are breaking no law ... except the law of moral clarity, civil rights and the right to life!”

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But of course, what of Israel, since they are the ones (the only ones since Saddam) to use these chemicals in waging war on a civilian population? No matter, Israel doesn’t pay any more attention to these things than Dick Bush has. Geneva Conventions? Humanitarian Law? The International Committee of the Red Cross?

So, those who refuse to ratify this latest protocol may not be breaking any laws of that particular protocol, (since they won’t sign on) but both Israel and the US are clearly in violation of multiple other provisions of other protocols of the same Geneva Conventions that have been ratified by both so-called states. (and Israel has no more legitimacy as a ‘state’ than I do as the State of Cyrena)

Anyway, thanks for digging this up. I was planning on getting to it, but I grow slower and slower by the day. Since you’ve done it, I can use the time on something else, which I think will be a stroll to the neighborhood market for some sort of an indulgence…like cigarettes.

I MIGHT even find a way to include some brandy in the purchase process as well, in preparation for the Inaugural festivities that I intend to incorporate into an acknowledgment of my 56th year in this same body. (Well, maybe not ‘exactly’ the same body, but you get my point). I figure the Inaugural Celebrations will provide the excellent ambience, and all at the minimal price of enough electricity to operate the televisions. I’m particularly looking forward to the music. I mean, the line-up is something only Oprah could otherwise afford to hire for party entertainment. So if I couldn’t book Stevie Wonder to ‘play’ at my ‘Sweet Sixteen”, I’ll just make up for it now, 40 years later. wink

Yes, there’ll be dancin’ in the streets. The brandy will keep the older crowd warm after sundown, and maybe limber them up a bit to join the dancing.

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By Robert, January 17, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Weekend Edition
January 16-18, 2009

Using Israel’s “Shock Standard”
Israeli Attack Injures 1.5 Million Gazans

By JONATHAN COOK

Nazareth.

“This week the death toll in Gaza passed the 1,000 mark, after nearly three weeks of Israeli air and ground attacks. But surprisingly, no one has reported an even more appalling statistic: that there are some 1.5 million injured Palestinians in Gaza. How is is possible that such an astounding figure could have passed the world’s media by?

The reason apparently is that they have been relying on the highly unreliable statistics provided by official Palestinian sources. It appears that the Palestinian health ministry only records as wounded those Gazans who need to stay in hospital because of the severity of their injuries.

That means they only count the more than 4,500 Gazans who have suffered injuries such as severe burns from exploding Israeli phosphorus shells; shrapnel wounds from artillery rounds; broken or lost limbs from aerial bombardment; bullet wounds; physical trauma from falling building debris; and so on.

But in fact there is another, far more reasonable standard for assessing those injured, one that provides the far higher total of 1.5 million Gazans – or every surviving Palestinian in Gaza. The measure I am referring to is the one employed by Israel.

Here is an example of its use. In September 2007, the international media reported that 69 Israeli soldiers had been wounded when Palestinian militants fired a rocket into the Zikim army base near the Gaza Strip. The rocket struck a tent where the soldiers were sleeping.

It is worth noting the details of the attack. Israeli officials related that, of the 69 wounded, 11 had moderate or severe injuries and one was critically injured. A few more had light wounds. The rest, probably 50 or more, were injured in the sense that they were suffering from shock.

So, if we apply the same standard to Gaza, that would mean 1.5 million Gazans have been wounded. Or is there still some doubt about whether the weeks of bombardment of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth, have left the entire civilian population in a deep, and possibly permanent, state of shock?
 
Talking of Gaza’s civilians, where did they all go? Israel’s so-called “war” on Gaza must be the first example in human history of a conflict where there are apparently no civilians. Or, at least, that is the impression being created by the world’s leading international bodies, from the World Health Organisation to the United Nations. Instead they refer to a new category of “women and children”.

Thus, those 1,000-plus dead Gazans are broken down into percentages defined in terms of “women and children” and the rest. The earliest figures stated that about 25 per cent of Gaza’s dead were “women and children”, and that has steadily climbed close to the 50 per cent mark since Israel’s ground invasion got under way.

The implication – one with which Israel is presumably delighted – is that the rest are Palestinian fighters, or “terrorists” as Israel would prefer us to call them. It also suggests that every man in Gaza over the age of 16 is being defined as a non-civilian – as a combatant and, again by implication, as a terrorist. In short, all Gaza’s men are legitimate targets for Israeli attack.

This is not very far from the position recently attributed to Israeli policymakers by the daily Jerusalem Post. The newspaper reported that officials had come to the view that “it would be pointless for Israel to topple Hamas because the population [of Gaza] is Hamas”.

On this thinking, Israel is at war with every single man, woman and child in Gaza, which is very much how it looks. Maybe we should be glad that the category of “women and children” is still being recognized – at least, for now.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/cook01162009.html

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By Louise, January 17, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

Incendiary devices or incendiary bombs are bombs designed to start fires or destroy sensitive equipment using materials such as napalm, thermite, chlorine trifluoride, or white phosphorus.

Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians (effectively a reaffirmation of the general prohibition on attacks against civilians in Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions), prohibits the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons against military targets located within concentrations of civilians and loosely regulates the use of other types of incendiary weapons in such circumstances.
http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multi/texts/BH790.txt

Currently 108 States are parties to the Convention with further six having signed but not yet ratified.

The CCW is now comprised of a once amended basic treaty text, five operative protocols, and an amended protocol:

To date, the United States has ratified Protocols I and II. It has assumed certain obligations under Protocol III within stated limits, but has not ratified it.

Technically, if a UN protocol is created, when a State ratifies it, it becomes binding in law. The United States has never fully ratified it. Israel has ratified with certain reservations regarding Palestine. [Kinda like one of Bush’s “signing” statements. “I accept the law unless I decide not to.”] So, while the use of these weapons is viewed illegal by some 108 nations, those who refuse to ratify are breaking no law ... except the law of moral clarity, civil rights and the right to life!

But when did breaking those laws ever slow down someone bent on making war? It certainly never has slowed down the Bush, and it will never slow down Israels decades old determination to occupy all of the Palestinian held territory.

“The United States expressed concern with the limits placed upon its use of incendiary weapons by Protocol III but accepted its text within stated limits. The United States is concerned that an outright ban on the use of incendiary weapons would limit the discretion of its military commanders and possibly result in the use of weapons systems that would cause correspondingly greater casualties. For example, incendiaries are the only weapons that can effectively destroy certain counter-proliferation targets such as biological weapons facilities that require high heat to eliminate bio-toxins. To use only high explosives would risk the widespread release of dangerous contaminants with potentially disastrous consequences for the civilian population. Additionally, incendiaries more readily destroy certain flammable military targets such as fuel depots that could require up to eight times the number of bombs and sorties for destruction using only high explosives. Such an increase could translate to a significantly greater humanitarian risk of collateral damage.”
http://www.ntip.navy.mil/certain_conventional_weapons.shtml

That logic assumes there will be no civilians or non-military targets when incediary bombs are used. Which in the most recent examples of the use of White Phosphorus [Iraq, Gaza] has not been the case. However, the manufacturers of these weapons still manufacture. And the evidence of their improper use is overwhelming. And those States who have ratified Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons are well within their rights to express outrage and alarm!

Speaking of dead and dying civilians, here’s a good read on the subject of Israels weapons, from Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1055927.html

If we want this live body burning to stop, we need to bring pressure on our Senate to RATIFY Protocol III.

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By Purple Girl, January 17, 2009 at 7:48 am Link to this comment

Israeli’s are not doing themselves Justice, nor US. they are merely perpetuating a futile bloody conflict.
Every Jew and American can thank the Israeli Gov’t for increasing the size of the ‘Bullseye’ on our backs throughout the World,most notably those now serving in Afghanistan & Iraq.
I am an American of neither Jewish or Muslim or ‘Evangelical’ ideology, merely an objective obsever. God does not call me to be His Warrior, nor be a soldier for any Idolized ‘sacred cow’ prophet. I only adhere to the most basic Commandments, no dogma to conflict with these rules of Social engagement. Seems to me the other three have worked hard to negate these ‘Golden Rules’ by Killing each other because they covet their neighbors ‘belongings’.
so praying 5 times a Day, or separating your food on different plates or converting others to ‘the Way’ amounts to nothing if you refuse to even acknowldege and adhere to the most fundementally principles of Reverence and Stewardship. I don’t know who these groups think they are fooling (or serving), but it sure ain’t God.

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By cyrena, January 17, 2009 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

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Hi Maani and Maud. Thanks for the link.

I was actually ‘stunned’ to read this, and at this location. I’ve relied on this website for some years now, for academic reference citations. That’s an indication of how reliable they generally are. And, I’m not saying that this is incorrect, since it apparently is. I’m just shocked is all..

•  “White phosphorus is not banned by any treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Smokes and obscurants comprise a category of materials that are not used militarily as direct chemical agents. The United States retains its ability to employ incendiaries to hold high-priority military targets at risk in a manner consistent with the principle of proportionality that governs the use of all weapons under existing law. The use of white phosphorus or fuel air explosives are not prohibited or restricted by Protocol II of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCWC), the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects.”

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/wp.htm

Now I’m not gonna take this ENTIRELY as stated here, in terms of WP not being banned by ANY treaty to which the US is a signatory. It seems to me that there HAS to be some mention of WP, either directly or indirectly, (just as say biological weapons) in all of the War Law and International Humanitarian Law, to which the US is most certainly a signatory. The prohibitions against these types of things are all over the Geneva Conventions.

The ‘catch’ of course is the same-old, same-old legal language, double reverse loophole interpretations. So what we have here is a complete denial or acknowledgement of the fact that this weapon is being used to kill civilians in a most heinous way, and NOT for creating flippin’ smoke screens! This is the treachery of the typical Israeli mind-set.

In short, even though there are treaties and conventions that prohibit this practice, and do name specifically “biological weapons”, (like we accused Saddam for using on the Kurds – and I’ll have to search for which ones )  the defense is “Well, that’s not why we’re using WP. We’re using it to make smoke screens (in a battle area limited to 141 sq. miles?!)  And, they’ll say it with a straight face, and all of the righteous Zionist indignation we’ve come to expect.

There is a cruel but obvious similarity to the same issue with Iran and its Civilian Nuclear Energy Program. The language of the law is NOT ambiguous on this, and so The Non-proliferation Treaty is TOTALLY on the legal side of Iran. It gives them the right to develop nuclear energy for civilian uses, as long as all of the other obligations of the treaty are satisfied. And, Iran has satisfied them, as determined by the UN watchdog group (IAEA) that monitors them. No signs of anything other than what they say they’re doing… a civilian energy program that they are entitled to have, under the terms and conditions of the treaty.


HOWEVER…the Israelis have been DETERMINED that Iran is really building a nuclear WEAPONS system, and has managed to convince the rest of the International Community, (not all, but most) of the same.

What adds the additional twist to the madness is that there has probably been at least a measure of sincerity in the rhetoric from Ahmadinejad in terms of Iran having no need for a nuke. He cited the Islamic Structure of the Iranian state, (they are on the rosters as The Islamic Republic of Iran) and the Theocracy rejects the existence of WMD, that can be used on any population of human beings. The cruel irony is that the Iranian population have been so threatened and psychologically terrorized by both Israel AND the US, that they can easily come to see the acquisition of such as their only protection from Israel.

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By cyrena, January 17, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

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And, THAT is a perfectly LOGICAL, RATIONAL and should be ANTICIPATED response. Everybody looks around and evaluates their own geopolitical position in the world, and we mostly note that it is only those nation states that ALREADY POSSESS nuclear weapons systems, that the US and Israel don’t mess with. Everybody else, (ESPECIALLY in the Middle East) feels like fair game. They saw what happened to Saddam because he did NOT have a way to defend Iraq, and the same goes for any other country in similar circumstances.

So it wouldn’t be an unexpected outcome for Iran to have changed from their original Theocratic position involving nukes in an Islamic Republic. The irony is that they’ve been provoked to it by Israel’s accusations from the start.

All of the “Iran’s making a bomb”, and everybody in the US jumping on the Bigot Bandwagon, “Oh No! IRAN can NEVER be allowed to acquire any nuclear capacity, because their SOOO unstable and crazy. They would do ANYTHING. Just bomb the world, because they’re just crazy Muslims. No regard for human life.” And, pretty much every US politician has bought into this intentional demonized characterization of Iran.

The cruelest irony is that if we look at the history books, we see that Iran has been among the most restrained in terms of aggressive warfare as any state in the entire region. They spent a decade under attack by Saddam, but that was always a war against them, as opposed to them instigating any of their own.  So what’s chillingly ironic is that we’ve got Israel at the lead of characterizing an Islamic regime as too crazily dangerous to have a nuclear weapon, as we watch Israel rein terror on Gaza, violating ALL the laws on the books, and giving the UN the figure, (and a few bombs to their facilities and workers) on top of it all!!

And the ‘IRANIANS’ can’t be trusted with such destructive weaponry? No, it’s psychotic Israel who is sitting on enough nuclear weapons to destroy the entire planet, and who appears to be the ONLY regime crazy/EVIL enough to USE them! The ONLY thing that prevents Israel from using it’s nukes on Gaza or any other part of the Occupied Territories is that they know they would kill themselves too. So they use the white phosphorous, which can be applied directly to the intended victims.

Anyway, the language and the intended spirit of the law are cleverly undermined by this sort of devious manipulation,  and it’s difficult to get around, but the laws are constantly being revised/updated and new agreements and resolutions fix these loopholes. Or, at least that’s what I see happening on the International Legal scene, specifically in terms of Human Rights. It is an agenda that has progressed rapidly in the past few decades, in terms of all kinds of humanitarian protections. So that gives me hope, despite the fact that the US agenda of the past 8 years has been committed to abrogating and undermining all international law, except when it suits them to cite it.

It gives me hope because I believe that a new administration will put an immediate stop to this, and join the rest of the world in resolving the ‘problem’ of Israel, but I sure don’t know how they’ll go about it. The ‘rub’ on the hope of course, is my continuing wariness of Hilary Clinton as SoS. I STILL just wish they’d found almost ANY other position for her. It just makes me really nervous; like watching a toddler or a drunk lurching around with a knife or something, and I don’t know how Obama can keep that close an eye on her, when he’s got so much more to do.  Guess my nerves aren’t as strong as they used to be.

But, we’ll see.

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By Shingo, January 17, 2009 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

If hamas really gave a damn about their children, why would they continue to give orders to bomb southern Israel knowing all they have to do is stop it and the fighting would be over?

History has proven otherwise.

Rockets or no rockets, Israel set about puniching he Palestinians in Gaza as soon as Hamas were elected.  Teh blockade of Gaza (an act of war) has been in place ever since.

“Hamas and muslim terrorist want to sacrifice their people for the video coverage and sympathy. Then they can get free aid, not work and demonstrate their hate of us all over.”

Israel get free aid - mor etrhn any country in the world. Israel also control the media, having banned foreign journalists from entering Gaza.  Who has something to hide?

“We bombed Japan when we warned them to stop, they did not and after the bombing, guess what, they stopped and never acted up again.”

Good analogy.  The bombing of Japan was one of the biggest war crimes in history.  It was the most blatant act of targetting civilians (nukes are not precision bombs) and it was completely unecessary.

Israel is trying to end all this crap, by comiting genocide.  It is Israel who don’t care about human life, at least if it happens to be Arab.. 

“I say, Go Israel, finish the job and take back that land and clean it up.”

Hitler couldn’t have said it better.

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By diamond, January 17, 2009 at 12:41 am Link to this comment

There are plenty of people in Israel who can see what a horrific blunder this attack on Gaza has been.
The cost of repairing what Israel has done will be $2.08 billion. In an interview with the Times in London an Israeli officer described the damage to Gaza’s infrastructure as ‘unimaginable’. ‘It doesn’t look like we have been there for just a few weeks. It looks destroyed, demolished like we were bombing it for years.’ Speaking of the hundreds of dead children in Gaza a Tel Aviv based ambassador was quoted as telling Israel ‘Your action is brutal…I don’t know how to explain these things to myself never mind my government.’ The siege of Gaza has been going on since the early 1990’s according to Amira Hass writing in Ha’aretz and was merely ‘refined’ after Hamas’ election victory. ‘We’re all big boys and girls’ says Hass, ‘and we know…that Israel’s goal was to thwart the two state solution.’ Even though Hamas is the elected government of Gaza and the West Bank, Israel wants Hamas locked out of the re-building of Gaza in case it helps their popularity but it seems that the crazed Israeli killing spree in Gaza has had a detrimental effect on Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Fatah coup which attempted to overthrow Hamas before they had their backsides kicked and got thrown out of Gaza. Abbas’s position now is described as ‘parlous’ as Palestinian’s in the West Bank react with disgust to Abbas’ complicity in the killing. Another Ha’aretz writer Gideon Levy, wrote that ‘The children of Gaza will remember. A significant majority of the children killed in Gaza did not die because they were used as human shields or because they worked for Hamas. They were killed because the IDF bombed, shelled or fired at them, their families or their apartments. That is why the blood of Gaza’s children is on our hands, not Hamas’ hands and we’ll never be able to escape that responsiblity. A child who has seen his house destroyed, his brother killed and his father humiliated will not forgive.’ Nor is it new for Israelis to feel this way. Anyone considering the use of white phosphorous by the IDF to bomb the UN’s emergency stores of food and medicine in Gaza should also consider the words of John Troutbeck who in 1948 told Ernest Bevin, the British foreign secretary that America had been responsible for the creation of a ‘gangster state’ in Israel which was led by ‘an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders’. Judging by the public boasting of Olmert that the Israeli tail wagged the American dog when it came to Condoleeza Rice’s vote in the UN Security Council nothing has changed since then.

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By Shift, January 16, 2009 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment

By crossing the line of genocide in Gaza, Israel has sealed it’s fate as a nation in serious decline.  There are some blood stained crimes that doom nations to unrecoverable depths.  The reality that this morally bankrupt rogue nation possesses nuclear bombs represents a sobering prescription for the insanity of probable mass death.  These are the devil’s chosen people.

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By mab3oos, January 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment
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nobody said it better than Sir Gerald Kaufman, member of the British Parliament:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGuYjt6CP8

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By Robin, January 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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If hamas really gave a damn about their children, why would they continue to give orders to bomb southern Israel knowing all they have to do is stop it and the fighting would be over?  Hamas and muslim terrorist want to sacrifice their people for the video coverage and sympathy. Then they can get free aid, not work and demonstrate their hate of us all over. We bombed Japan when we warned them to stop, they did not and after the bombing, guess what, they stopped and never acted up again.  Israel is trying to end all this crap, but these idiots just don’t care about human life, so why should the Israel’s care about them either.  I say, Go Israel, finish the job and take back that land and clean it up.

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By Timetospeakup, January 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing is more obvious and deplorable when it comes to playing the “Jewish game of either dumb or plain ignorant” ... as we have seen for so many decades.

Have we forgotten the 17,500 dead — almost all civilians, most of them children and women — in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon; the 1,700 Palestinian civilian dead in the Sabra-Chatila massacre; the 1996 Qana massacre of 106 Lebanese civilian refugees, more than half of them children, at a UN base; the massacre of the Marwahin refugees who were ordered from their homes by the Israelis in 2006 then slaughtered by an Israeli helicopter crew; the 1,000 dead of that same 2006 bombardment and Lebanese invasion, almost all of them civilians?

However,the biased News Media,together with Jewish
controlled Hollywood,always providing cover and finding the distraction for the masses at an orchestrated
timing by “dusting off the Holocaust card again”
at the very same time when those massacres occurred ...... too evident not to miss ...can`t we see a pattern !
What really is needed on a more broader reflection
would be some nationwide polling with questions like:
1.Does Israel deserve the $6bn of Taxpayers money it receives annually the way it behaves: yes / no ?
2.Does Israel actions are of US Interest: yes / no? 
3.Was this latest attack on Gaza approved and given
the nod by Prez Bush,looking the other way:yes / no ?
Realizing that similar Questions are on peoples mind,isn`t there time to demand>America first!
Where are those voices ?

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By Louise, January 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

This reminds me of a photo I saw, right after the first assault on Felujha.

A Marine, with tears streaming down his face, as he stared at the de-fleshed and blackened skull and body of an Iraqi child.

Of course, we didn’t target civilians or use this illegal weapon either.

And folks wonder why our kids come home from Iraq messed up ... all the lies in the world can never erase the picture.

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By Ed Harges, January 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

Israel’s justifications for what it’s doing are essentially justifications for terrorism.

Now, there is a rational case to be made for terrorism: if conventional military means, for whatever reason, are ineffective in forcing an enemy to do what you want, then it is at least theoretically possible that inflicting massive suffering on an entire population, if carried to the extreme, will so frighten and demoralize and debilitate the surviving members of that population that any actual or potential combatants among them will give up all hope and abandon any resistance to you, forever.

This is what Israelis mean when they say they have the right to abandon all “restraint”.

OK, OK, it makes a certain brutal sense - but please, Israel, be straightforward enough to admit the clear corollary: you do not disapprove of “terrorism”. You think it’s just fine.

But you think you have the exclusive right to practice it, presumably because of your vaunted specialness or uniqueness or chosenness or whatever. And not only that, but the US has a unique moral duty to support you lavishly - financially, militarily, and politically - as you exercise your unique right to commit a one-sided mass murder of the people of Gaza.

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By Vietnam Vet, January 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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Israel should be ashamed of its massacre of civilians in the Warsaw Ghetto; oops, I mean Gaza!!

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By nefertiti, January 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

if the Western Media was allowed into Gaza (and insisted to be allowd in ) they would have had plenty of evidence. but it is never too late , there are plenty of documents, victims , and photos . the Norwegian doctors who left were in tears, they said they have experience wars before but never seen anything like it . some bodies were burnt till the bone. some bodies had only one half only . people need to visit blogs to see the truth in Gaza. Im surprised the western media makes a big fuss if zimbwabwe wont allow them in , but if it is israel they just shut up .

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By purplewolf, January 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

Fadel and Little Brother: Since you are both familiar with this older version of this classic movie, remember the ending?

Rhoda went back to the lake during the thunderstorm to retrieve the missing item that linked her to one of her victims, when she was on the pier, she grabbed a metal pole and stuck it in the water and low and behold, she got struck by lightening.

Wonder if the fate will be the same.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 16, 2009 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

By Little Brother, January 16 at 9:31 am #

Israel behaves exactly like Rhoda Penmark, the little girl in the 1956 classic movie “The Bad Seed”.
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Yes Little Brother! Your comment is so eloquent and sadly true. I have nothing to add!

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By Little Brother, January 16, 2009 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Israel behaves exactly like Rhoda Penmark, the little girl in the 1956 classic movie “The Bad Seed”.

In case anyone hasn’t gotten around to seeing it yet:  Spoiler Alert!

The film depicts the creepy story of a seemingly-normal, innocent 8 year-old girl whose parents consider her the “perfect daughter”.

However, people (and a puppy) coming into contact with her develop a habit of mysteriously turning up dead.  During the harrowing climax of the film, after it is discovered that Rhoda is indeed a sociopathic “bad seed” who committed these murders, Rhoda calmly explains how they all came about.

Exactly like Israel, Rhoda doesn’t exactly take responsibility for her actions, or admit to wrongdoing as such.  No, it was just a series of Merry Mixups and unfortunate missteps.

Likewise, official Israeli spokespersons invariably deny and disclaim any wrongdoing or impropriety whenever a violent atrocity is reported.  There is always ferocious exculpatory spin, e.g. Rachel Corrie threw herself under the bulldozer that ran over her and killed her… or at least failed to heed clear warnings; the IDF honestly believed that the camera the journalist was using to film their activity was a weapon, etc.

I don’t have all day and unlimited space to Google and list the long history of Israel’s compulsive official mendacity and preposterous denials.  Typically, as the official lies break down, the authorities eventually concede that there may be some truth to the supposedly scurrilous allegations and complaints.

I’m sure that as this story develops, we will see the usual Israeli government schizophrenic reasoning:  we absolutely deny using white phosphorus in Gaza!  And OK, even if we did, we only deployed it to create smoke clouds, which is a “permissible use”.  And OK, maybe a few grains or drops may have landed on buildings and persons… but surely Israel can’t fairly be accused of intentionally using the stuff!

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

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By Maud, January 16, 2009 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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According to this military contractor site White Phosphorus is being used on Gaza, although they oddly use the past tense. They also claim it does not violate international law, even though they know Israel is attacking civilians. They go on to describe the grim effects on the human body.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/wp.htm
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White Phosphorus (WP)

“Israel used White Phosphorus against HAMAS targets in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009…”

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