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Israel Admits It ‘May Have Used’ Chemical Weapon

Posted on Jan 21, 2009
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Israeli soldiers prepare white phosphorus shells—chemical weapons—on the Israel-Gaza border.

Following accusations by human rights groups last week, Israel has finally admitted that its troops “may have used” white phosphorus shells—a chemical agent that wreaks havoc on the skin—in contravention of international law.

The Guardian:

One of the places most seriously affected by the use of white phosphorus was the main UN compound in Gaza City, which was hit by three shells on 15 January. The same munition was used in a strike on the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City the same day.

Under review by Colonel Shai Alkalai is the use of white phosphorus by a reserve paratroop brigade in northern Israel.

According to army sources the brigade fired up to 20 phosphorus shells in a heavily built-up area around the Gaza township of Beit Lahiya, one of the worst hit areas of Gaza.

The internal inquiry – which the army says does not have the status of the full investigation demanded by human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch – follows weeks of fighting in which Israel either denied outright that it was using phosphorus-based weapons, or insisted that what weapons it was using “were in line with international law”.

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By peabody, October 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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yea !!! go israel !!!

IDF rock’s !! too cool !!!

love them old skool M16’S, too neat !

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By Becca, January 24, 2009 at 12:38 am Link to this comment
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I’m sickened by what Israel has been allowed to do to the Palestinians.  Of course, what we did in Iraq doesn’t give us much moral ground to oppose…however, since we finally got rid of the Bush regime perhaps things will change to a degree?  Though I understand Obama’s response to the murder in Gaza, I don’t think he went far enough in the sense of outrage of Israel’s behavior.  Perhaps he wants to “ease” into freedom for Palestine?  I pray it would be true, however, since almost all of our elected officials sanctioned support for Israel recently… I’m discusted at their unconditional support.  I have no respect for them.  Obama..we will see where he goes but, sadly I’m afraid his policy won’t look much different from Bush’s on this crisis.  I hope I’m wrong.

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By diamond, January 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

Yes, the use of white phosphorous is appalling and illegal but much more disturbing for me was the fact that the IDF told all the women and children (in the case of Samara, the little Palestinian girl shot in the back )to come out of the house which they did with the grandmother waving a white flag. Then some IDF soldiers got out of a tank with M16’s and shot them in cold blood lined up on the steps. The first thing I thought of when I heard the grandmother talking about this was ‘SS’. This is a war crime. No ifs not buts. I know the Israelis will lawyer the white phosphorous use to death but no one can change what they did to that family into something else. It was cold blooded murder.

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By sammscript, January 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

Thank you for the clarification.  I rarely watch television, but happened to be at my mother’s in NC when these assaults begin. I saw the White Phosphorus on television on CNN, during Anderson Cooper’s 360.  It was shocking, but not surprising. Israeli’s government is full of war criminals, as is ours. 

Those jets, those cluster bombs, those chemical weapons and John Deere Tractors that annihilate young children in Palestine who are already enormously burdened by hardship with can barely imagine, come from the USA.  It sickens me. 

On another note,, watching Bush and Cheney leave via wheelchair or flying black helicopter was not a relief.  They should have been taken out in chains.

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By Shift, January 21, 2009 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

Yes America too uses illegal weapons and that is why we have no moral sway over Israel. Disillusion and resignation of the American People is the goal, and the key to continued misuse of power.  My hope does not lie in the American government but instead in communities of people whose values stress cooperation and reciprocity. Stressing our interconnectedness and dedication to the good of the community is where our hope lies.  America is going down and the year 2012 is almost upon us.  I encourage people to step away quickly from conventional American beliefs and seek the lifeways of Traditional Native Americans. It is the path away from destruction and towards sustainable meaningful existence.  There is still time to soften the harrowing prophesies.  Cleanse one’s spirit and strive to live in connection and harmony with all things.  Get on the road and Spirit will guide you.

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By ah, January 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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Yes , the arab world MUST UNITE and use their resources ,money and power in the political arena likes of israel and so forth to press justice.  They must also not wear their emotion on their sleeves anymore.  the arabs need to play Israels dirty game of power,hypocrisy, manipulation, lies and MOST IMPORTANTLY MONEY!!!. They practically own every sector of the united state economy, therefore we are held hostage to stand with them or else. This is not democracy. This is the greatest nation and will finally will get the truth.

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By cyrena, January 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

By Ed Harges, January 21 at 9:39 am #

Why shouldn’t Israel admit it? There are never any consequences for the Holy State.


You took the words out of my mouth Ed, just because it’s the truth. There have NEVER BEEN ANY CONSEQUENCES for any of Israel’s criminal actions!!! They’re sitting on over 300 nuclear weapons in clear defiance of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty which means NOTHING to Israel, since they won’t sign on to the treaty. And…nobody does anything. 

It’s like Dick Cheney finally admitting that he’d ordered the torture. He’s not worried about any consequences, although I think he SHOULD be!! A repeal or Executive Order overturning the Military Commissions act would be problematic for the top criminals of this former criminal regime, since it provided the legal language to protect their asses (retroactively) for crimes committed. Now I don’t know what’s involved with overturning the thing completely, or if it can even be accomplished via an Executive Order. BUT, the suspension that he ordered on the trials of the Gitmo detainees is the next best thing to a complete reversal of the MCA.

Anyway, I don’t know how much a return to the rule of law HERE, would effect the consequences of Israel’s actions, but it’s a common denominator that International Law only works when it is enforced. If there are no consequences, there’s nothing to prevent ANY nation state from violating agreements.

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By driving bear, January 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Good for Israel for using every weapon at it’s disposal to protect the citizens of Southern Israel and it’s troops in the Gaza strip. Israel admitted to using 200 White phosphorus shells. they should have used 2000. Peace will only come when the Arab invader is driven from the Holy Land of Israel. They only mistake Israel made was not finishing the job once and for all.

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By Evan W., January 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

White phosphorous is only *kind of* illegal.

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By StevenS, January 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
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Look this is how reality goes “you can wine all you want but the truth is if you re country is weak, countries like Israel will kill your children, rape your women, and bomb your towns and even drink your blood without anybody EVEN THINKING that its israels fault, even if they do you think Westerners are going to care? They are the lions of the jungle, so why should they? They have the media control so they can hide or show whatever they want to the world. So it’s up to you Arab countries to unite and protect yourselves because looking for some sympathy (you are probably not going to get) from the western society is not going to get you anywhere.
Israel and the west fear guns and Armies. They do not fear the guilt from killing children and women.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

Israel‘May Have Used’ Chemical Weapons!

Not only is Israel the worst breed of twenty and twenty-first century terrorist state, but they are also masters in terrorizing the language to bend it to their terrorizing propaganda!

This is the illegitimate entity that gave the world the linguistic nauseating filth such as:
1. We are the chosen people of God;
2. God gave us this land (Palestine);
3. Palestine was a country without a people for a people without the land;
4. We control America;
5. And many other linguistic statements that make decent people feel like throwing up.
6. And now we have this latest one about that “Israel MAY HAVE USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS! Notice the word “MAY” that indicate how dangerous for this bloody entity to have weapons at all!

The world should be extremely alarmed at the fact the Israel possesses and uses the most deadly weapons of mass destruction, including some 100-200 nuclear bombs, but it’s more likely that it will the first terrorist entity that will be using nuclear bombs in the area, like its terrorist supporter, U.S. military industrial complex was the only entity in world history to use nuclear on civilian targets in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In light of these facts, as a world survey conducted a year ago, Israel and the U.S. were the two top entities the represent the greatest danger to world peace.

I dare to say that there will never be world peace as long as Israel and the U.S. are allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction! The world must find a way to disarm these two terrorist entities!

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By ah, January 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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it seems that israeli government is the real terrorist by using this chemical on humans so they have lasting deterioration.  This is unjust. From current discussions, the muslim world NOW wants to engage with us unconditionally to fulfill the satisfaction of everyone, however israel is resistant to change of policy and are disabling the great united states of america to make choices and dicisions according to its beliefs.  this is the united states of america not the united states of israel. this great country is made up of every immigrant from all over the world.  no one should have the ability to be favorites. I feel that israel is that favorite and thinks its entitled to it above all and everyone since they have power and money to control in the united state.

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By Little Brother, January 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

Funny how the zealous defenders of Israel’s rogue-state cavalcade of crimes against Palestinians furiously jump in with both feet to justify Israel’s ethnic cleansing, state-conducted terrorism under the guise of counter-terrorism, and overall right to exist and do as it damn pleases to its neighbors.

But they never really explain why official Israeli spokespersons habitually and compulsively lie. 

That’s what governments do, of course.  But even a quick Google will reveal countless incidents in which, upon being confronted about reports of some illegal, immoral, or otherwise odious conduct, Israel always issues denials and other disclaimers—including aggressive use of “no comment” while affirming Israel’s right to do whatever it’s not actually admitting to doing.

Even assuming that it’s just a coincidence that the Israeli government and military either excludes journalists from the scenes of their crimes, or simply targets them, why the pathological liar approach to public relations?

If their cause is so righteous and just, and their methods so circumspect, why spew clouds of disinformation like a frightened squid spews ink?

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By Don Knutsen, January 21, 2009 at 11:53 am Link to this comment
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Oh, you mean the same white phosphorus we used on the civilians in Falluja, Iraq ? Garsh, I hope they didn’t use any of the same depleted uranium shells we used in Iraq under both Bush’s also…that would show them to be a nation that cares little for human life wouldn’t it ? Do you suppose that makes it easier to recruit more terrorists after ? Do you suppose that gives america no credentials at all in condemning such actions ? Do ya think, when the surviving civilians see “made in America” on the shrapnel from these weapons that it helps american security abroad ?

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By Lou, January 21, 2009 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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Israel could have dropped napalm on Palestinian pre-schools and nurseries and the US Congress would applaud Israel’s fight against “Arab terrorism.” And the next Secretary of State Hilary Clinton would increase military welfare to Israel. And on.
As President Obama hypocritically said in his inauguration speech: “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that ...” blah, blah, blah…
Who just spent three weeks “inducing terror and slaughtering innocents?”

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By felicity, January 21, 2009 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

The state of Israel seems to be governed by some whose sole motivation is malice.  Perhaps it is the only emotion they are able to experience.  They seem to be caught up in some kind of Existential emptiness in which destruction becomes destiny.

For the sake of Israel, for its very existence to continue, they must be brought to justice.

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By Ed Harges, January 21, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Why shouldn’t Israel admit it? There are never any consequences for the Holy State.

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By P. T., January 21, 2009 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Noam Chomsky on Israel’s attack on Gaza (on YouTube).  Click on

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