Friday, March 27, 2009

Israel's War Crimes Use Of White Phosphorus & Indescriminate Killing

From the Jerusalem Post:

Using his interpretation of Old Testament texts to arrive at his "legal" opinion, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu ruled that there is no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza. The judgment, which many Israelis consider the truth, was sent in the form of a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2007, was then published in "Olam Katan" and widely distributed the same week to congregations in synagogues throughout Israel.

"According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets. "

Eliayahu's son, Shmuel Eliayhu, himself chief rabbi of Safad, amplified his father's comments, stating:"If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand," said Shmuel Eliyahu. "And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop."

From " "Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza" The Jerusalem Post Jan. 25, 2009 UPdated

also see: " Top Israeli rabbis advocate genocide" by Ali Abunimah, Chicago, USA, Live from Palestine, 31 May 2007

" Under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted in the wake of the Nazi holocaust, "Direct and public incitement to commit genocide" is a punishable act. One wonders whether the UN Security Council, which created an international tribunal to investigate the killing of one man in Lebanon, will pay any attention to the indiscriminate state- and theocratically-sanctioned massacres of Palestinians by Israel.

Will Hillary Clinton, who continues to defame Palestinian schoolchildren with the lie that they are taught "hatred" in their schoolbooks, or any of our other pandering candidates, take a moment out from praising Israel to condemn Eliayahu's statement? What about Oprah Winfrey, who at the invitation of Elie Wiesel is to undertake a "solidarity" visit to Israel? "

Israeli Forces Used Civilians as Human Shields in Gaza Invasion
The Real News Network March 26, 2009

Israeli officials say Western Nations Ie. The US & UK use White Phosphorus in Iraq and Afghanistan - so what 's the Big Deal. And it is true that the US & UK forces also show little or no concern for the killing of civilians - since all Iraqis and Afghans are the enemy. Children and the unborn grow up to be terrorists.

Human Rights Watch on Israel's attack in Gaza (26/3/09 news)

Rabbis in the Israeli Army Told Troops They Were Fighting "Religious War Against Gentiles"- IDF's Profound Contempt for the Palestinians- SKY NEWS March 20, 2009

Israeli soldiers claim attacks on Gaza civilians were permitted- Israeli Logic is Nonsense- Kill Civilians so that the Palestinians in Gaza will put pressure on Hamas to stop rocket attacks. If civilians don't approve of Hamas they should leave- where should they go- besides the Israel's have imprisoned the Gazans in Ghetto.

The US is complicit in Israeli War Crimes by supplying WMDS such as White Phosphorus to Israel. If the US had any conscience it would stop supplying any arms to Israel. But even the US government under President Obama seems to defend Israel no matter what and Obama's administration has no interest in the well being of the citizens of Gaza, the West Bank or the Arabs in East Jerusalem.Besides there money to be made in the arms industry. The arms industry is of course does not desire less conflict but more. The US has shown over the decades that it is more interested in a robust arms industry than in peace.

White Phosphorus used by Israel in Gaza was Manufactured in the USA- Americans are unapologetic - Unconcerned -Jobs and Profits are what matter- It is against US law & International Law to supply weapons which may be used in War Crimes.But then again it was the US who supplied Saddam and other dictators with WMDS to use on their own citizens. Though the American Main Stream Media tends to gloss over these facts.

Of course the Americans and Brits also used White Phosphorus on the civilian population in Iraq most notably in the US Massacre of Fallujah.

Small town's controversial role in War on Gaza - 26 Mar 09

Al Jazeera has tracked down the origin of the white phosphorus used by Israel in the war on Gaza.

It comes from an army arsenal in a small US town called Pine Bluff, Arkansas, home to 50,000 people.

Mike Kirsch traveled to Pine Bluff to discover what its residents and leaders thought of their town's role in the war on Gaza.

Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza Guardian, UK March 25, 2009

Human Rights Watch report claims Israel committed war crimes in its use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells

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.

Human Rights Watch called on the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, to launch an international commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of violations of international law in the Gaza war by the Israeli military and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza.

After the invasion of Gaza and allegations of War Crimes world opinion of Israel falls creating at the least a Public Relations problem.

"Israel’s world standing falls " Tobias Buck, The peninsula March 25, 2009

...Battered by fresh accusations of war crimes during the recent Gaza conflict, Israel’s standing in the world is plunging to fresh lows. Two months after the guns fell silent, international condemnation of its treatment of Palestinian civilians during the military offensive shows no sign of abating. Outside the country, the latest revelations — most strikingly, a claim that soldiers committed “cold-blooded murder” during the operation — have once again spurred calls for a UN war crimes tribunal.

In Israel itself, however, the response to allegations of war crimes has been both muted and defensive. While Israeli officials have promised to investigate the claims, ministers insist there was nothing wrong with the army’s conduct during the three-week offensive.

On Monday, a report by a UN human rights panel made fresh allegations, including the claim that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields during the fighting. “Violations were committed on a daily basis, too numerous to list,” said one of the report’s authors. Some leftwing Israeli commentators have joined the critics. Writing in Haaretz, the Israeli daily, Gideon Levy argued this week that “the IDF has long ceased to be an army of ‘values’, not on the ground, not in the battalion, not in the senior command”.

...One view that is gaining ground in Israel is that this represents above all a public relations failure... Israel’s reputation is being undermined by bias in the foreign press, the inability of the Israeli government to explain its actions and the influence of what some Israelis call the “Palestinian PR machine”.

3000 new housing units for Settlers in West Bank how does this fit into a peace plan - Palestinian State to remain a collection of bantustan lands with little or no autonomy with Israel still controlling many aspects of Palestinian lives including movement and no control over their air-space while illegal Settlement multiply and are expanded.

"Netanyahu, Lieberman 'struck secret deal for West Bank construction'"By Haaretz Service March 25, 2009

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a secret deal with Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman for highly contentious construction on West Bank land known as E1, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

A source close to the negotiations between the pair told Army Radio that the plan had been agreed upon even though it did not appear in the official document detailing the coalition deal between Yisrael Beiteinu and Netanyahu's Likud.

The plan is for the West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim to build 3000 new housing units on the territory, which stretches between it and Jerusalem, the source was quoted as saying.

So some are outraged that Hamas has torture prisoners but according to the US & UK & Canadian government torture is not that bad; if it was considered wrong by these countries the Bush, Rumsfeld , Cheney, John Yoo and Condoleeza Rice & Tony Blair and Possibly PM Stephen Harper would be indicted . Or at the least Obama & other leaders and Fox News & CNN etc. would offer an apology to all those POWS mistreated, abused or tortured by US personnel whether those prisoners were in Gitmo, or Abu Ghraib in Iraq, or Bagram in Afghanistan and a hundred other US run Medieval style prisons .These abuses were not just minor errors on the part of Americans or the result of a few bad apples but rather were and are an ongoing US Military policy which therefore constitute War Crimes. But its not going to happen because it would mean these countries would have to admit to permitting War Crimes. And as we know its only enemies of the West & Christendom who can be accused of War Crimes.

Rights group: Hamas tortured Gaza inmate to death
By Reuters March 25, 2009

The Hamas-run police force in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday it was investigating the death of a prisoner after a Palestinian human rights group said the inmate was tortured and beaten to death during interrogation.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said one of its researchers had seen marks on the hands and legs of the inmate, Jamil Assaf, indicating he had been tortured in jail.

Assaf was detained by police on March 9 and died in Gaza's main hospital on Tuesday. The ICHR said he was suffering from kidney failure after a beating.

and so it goes,

No comments: