"The IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] acts only in accordance with what is permitted by international law and does not use white phosphorus," IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi told Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday in response to a query.
But Garlasco says that phosphorus is clearly being used in the Jabaliya refugee camp, one of the most crowded areas in Gaza.
"I can see them; we are very certain, whatever the Israeli Defense Forces may say, that white phosphorus is being used. It was used by Israel in Lebanon in 2006, but not until the population fled. In Gaza, the population can't flee."
... "This is a new generation of very powerful small explosive that detonates with extreme power and dissipates its power within a range of five to 10 meters," he told reporters. "There is a very strong suspicion I think that Gaza is now being used as a test laboratory for new weapons."
Al Jazeera, which has reporters in Gaza, has described hospital cases that appear to conform to the clean tearing of limbs that DIME can cause.
Italian scientists from the New Weapons Research Committee, which examines emerging military technology, said in a statement that "evidence is mounting" of DIME usage, saying the wounds may be "untreatable" due to metals like tungsten that enter the body. DIME is packed with tungsten dust that forms micro-shrapnel upon detonation.
Gaza and Israel VII
As if to make sure that terror rains down on the Gaza population, Israel has been dropping thousands of leaflets from the sky, conveying various messages. Some of these messages advertise intensified attacks against the area, claiming that weapons and munitions stores will be targeted, while others warn of new methods of fighting to come. But perhaps the most perplexing and frightening of these notes are the ones calling on the residents of the area to leave their houses, urging them to cooperate with the IDF and contact it by e-mail or phone (both provided) to report "terrorist activity."
Such notes are baffling. They assume that the resistance is an organized army with bases, weapons-storage facilities and organized affiliations. Most people are confused as to who these notes refer to. The Hamas we know is a political, religious and social organization. Most of the population at large is uninvolved in that entity's military activities.
The word catastrophe is on everyone's lips. People cannot help but recall the similar scenes from 60 years ago. But in 1948 the Israeli goal was the expulsion of the Palestinian people. This time around, it seems as though their goal is elimination.
So where are the residents of these areas supposed to go for safety? There has already been a massive influx of people from the northern half of the Gaza Strip into Gaza City, while the thousands of families in the southern and eastern areas of Rafah have left their homes to be destroyed by Israeli forces there, moving farther inward. Some people stay with relatives or friends. Almost every one of the 80 apartments in my building complex is already accommodating more than one refugee family, as are most homes in the city, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency shelters are overflowing with people.
Many families have nowhere to go and end up staying in their homes. These people would leave if they could, but the Gaza Strip is sealed off from all directions and surrounded by the Israeli military forces. So while Israel claims to "warn" them prior to destroying their homes over their heads, in reality they are not giving them any other option. Many people feel that it would be more merciful not to give "warnings." That way, these people would not have to anticipate their imminent deaths.
Safa Joudeh is a young woman in Palestine, whose father is a ob-gyn physician operating out of the first floor of a fourteen story building there has been posting her experiences of the war and one has just been published in Time. She has a facebook page and publishes her
experiences in Gaza nearly every day.
*request for assistance-
the listings of January events around Gaza has been cut off at posting #72, without the listings of upcoming events this weekend and ongoing.
it may just be my computer ?
no doubt others are looking as well....
UN headquarters in Gaza hit by Israeli 'white phosphorus' shells
Other targets hit were journalists, and, of course, the food warehouse. After shelling a school and killing many, the Israel's lied and produced old video to support their lies. Only when that didn't work they said, "oh, it was all a mistake", which the Western Media quickly accepted not asking, if it was a mistake, why not admit it up front.
So now all attacks against civilians buildings and personell, despite having GPS locations in advance, is "all a mistake". Bullshit.
it looks like it was my computer. i rebooted and got all the posts. there are two in there that pertain to upcoming actions- a Jan 17 Vancouver event, and a writing action. maybe it would be useful to keep the event/action thread separate from dialogues so actions don't get lost and the thread doesn't take too long to load.
It's not just Israel beating up on the Palestinians. It's the entire world. Thousands of American defense contractors working for years to design & manufacture machinery which is being used now.
One of the guys in one of the groups I swim with emailed me and acknowledged that he is in Egypt. His company makes some of the electrical components that are used in Israel's UAV/drones.
here is an example of the subsystem in which they are used -
camera turret -
Northrop Grumman UAV -
"Northrop Grumman Enters Teaming Agreement with Sonoma Design for EO/IR ISR and Targeting System"
If you are interested in this, do a web search for the "Heron UAV" used by Israel. it is very similar to a UAV made by Northrop Grumman.
So, standing behind the Israeli army, you have this huge armada of engineers, studying how their war-toys perform in "real-time". Pretending they are working for "the good guys", bemoaning the loss of 13 Israeli's, oblivious to the death of 1000 Palestinians - at their hands.
There is a force multiplier effect with the use of high-tech weaponry. The Israeli army is not 1000 times more powerful than the Palestinians, it is 1 million times more powerful. More than that if you consider Israel's 150 nuclear weapons.
One of the sickest things I have ever seen, in my lifetime.
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Right now, CBC is all obsessed with two or three rockets from Lebanon and ignoring the tons of explosives being dropped on civilians in Gaza.
On the other hand, CBC Newsworld every day is bringing updates from within Gaza courtesy of a reporter from Al-Jazeera, I don't remember her name, but she's been explicit about the damage and carnage that Israel is doing to the citizens and infrastructure of Gaza. I think every newscast from CBC Newsworld since this began has included shocking images of the destruction of Gaza.
The parliamentary left and right in Britain, grow some (my advance apologies by anyone who is offended by that turn of phrase):
The strongest criticism in the one hour session, that followed a statement from the Foreign Secretary, came from Sir Gerald Kaufman, a former Labour minister, who is Jewish.
Directing his fury at the Israeli prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister, he said: "Olmert, (Tzipi] Livni and (Ehud] Barak are mass murderers, war criminals and bring shame on the Jewish people whose Star of David they use as a badge in Gaza."
He suggested the British government would have taken a more strident tone if it had been Hamas who had "slaughtered 900 Israelis".
her Senate confirmation hearing, Hillary Clinton claimed she wants to
shift American foreign policy toward the use of "smart power,"
something she defines as "principles and pragmatism, not rigid
ideology,"and then -- clearly cleaving to rigid ideology -- said she
won't talk to Hamas. Hamas is of course a major player on the
Palestinian side and one of the few organizations in the Middle East
that legitimately represents Arab people through the democratic
process. To refuse to talk to them is to persist in folly and bodes ill
for peace in the Middle East. In Clinton's own words: "We cannot
negotiate with Hamas until it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and
agrees to abide by past agreements. That is just, for me, an absolute."
Oh balls!! Just more of the same scatological emission!
Get Israel and its US weapons (ok some Canadian ones too) out of Gaza and then MAYBE Hamas will talk to you!
Send comments to President elect Obama here.
I noticed that the item on Gaza has been bumped up to the top position, by people voting it UP.