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Israel Admits Hitting U.N. in Gaza With White Phosphorous

Posted on Feb 1, 2010

An Israeli report to the U.N. put out with the trash Friday acknowledged that military commanders recklessly endangered human life by firing white phosphorous shells in the direction of the U.N.’s Gaza compound.

Israel has consistently defended its use of the highly controversial material, which is designed to create smokescreens, but which also burns human flesh.

The U.N. report said that the two high-ranking commanders responsible for the decision had been reprimanded, but Haaretz is reporting that the Israel Defense Forces denies that the men were disciplined.

The incident in question took place during the 2008 assault on Gaza known in Israel as Operation Cast Lead.  —PZS

As the BBC notes, this report is significant, but also cause for skepticism:

And this is in relation to one of the most notorious incidents of the conflict, the burning of the main UN warehouse in Gaza City with white phosphorus shells.

UN officials are, though, privately sceptical of the process by which this admission of wrongdoing emerged.

“This is the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] investigating the IDF,” said one UN official who was in Gaza at the time.

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By purplewolf, February 2, 2010 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

When this event took place Dec. 2008, they denied using white phosphorous even when doctors said that was what was used. It took 14 months for them to admit it. I thought it was illegal to use w.p. as a weapon from what I read when this happened.

As for punishing the people responsible, I doubt it. The victims who suffered and continue to suffer from this assault will never receive the justice due the them.

The behavior of Israel is unforgivable. They have been nothing but rogue dogs since their country was created. If they refuse to live with others and only want to continue to fight and look for trouble, they need to be stopped. All funding that America sends them needs to end immediately, no American troops should ever be sent into another spat that Israel starts, no more weapons sent either, perhaps if they had to do it all by themselves they would back down and act more civilized. Instead of the U.S. coming in to rescue Israel all the time, they would find out they are on their own from here on out they would stop themselves. Like parents intervening with their childrens squabbles, they will never learn to compromise on their own and thus feel safe if the parent(U.S.)takes care of the mess they create.

Walk away from them America, time to quit putting Israel above that of our own country.

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By shoutitfromtherooftops, February 2, 2010 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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Sanction the pariah hell state Israel.

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By NZDoug, February 2, 2010 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

Haaretz is a good rag.

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By faith, February 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

Israel is using white phosphorous on people?  Good grief !!  Why isn’t this headline
news everywhere !  We should not provide one more dime to Israel-nothing !  If
they want to wage war, especially with such horrific, egregious acts they should be
required to do it alone, without help, advice, from any other nation.  It is an evil
act to attack another nation with phosphorous and they know it.

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By john from ojai, February 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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As shown in the Goldstone report, there are many reasons for prosecuting Israel for war crimes. The blockade of Gaza is collective punishment under the Fourth Geneva Convention and is therefore a war crime.

Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS), Israel and anyone who profits from illegal occupation. Start with products made in Israel, Motorola, Caterpillar, Starbucks etc..

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By Arabian Sinbad, February 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

What good can come out of Israel but crimes, lies, deception and arrogance?!

I take that back; for there is only one good thing that comes out of Israel and that’s Ha’aretz. If it wasn’t for Ha’aretz we would have never heard about this story buried in paragraph 108 of the Israeli foreign ministry’s report to the UN on Gaza.

When this issue was raised as it took place during the Israeli savage war against Gaza, Israel, true to itself as a pathetic liar, first denied that it ever used phosphorous shells. Then as this lie could not be sustained anymore, they said they will conduct an investigation. Then two years later, it delivers a deceptive report in which the the confession is buried in paragraph 108 of its report. And worst yet the report says that the officers responsible were so-called “disciplined”! I am wondering how Israel disciplines its most vicious criminals?! If terrorist Dr. Goldestein case, who killed some 25 Palestinian worshipers in cold blood in Hebron some years ago, is an indicator, then we might assume that those guilty officers will have a monument erected in their honor to be visited by all IDF members.

There is yet another charge of gross criminality against some Israeli rabbis who accompanied the Israeli military forces into Gaza and were harvesting the organs of killed Palestinian children for sale. This is charge that was raised lately by some international news outlets against the Israelis who were in Haiti doing the same thing.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

And when and where did ANY of Israel’s enemies ever admit to any similar thing?

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By Jim, February 1, 2010 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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Global movement to boycott, divestment and sanction is the only way forward to deal with genocidal and apartheid regime of Israel.

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