As we wake to another day, perhaps our minds turn to the practical things we have to do in our ordinary lives. For some people, there will be memories of a weekend pursuing the things they like to do, maybe pursuing a hobby, visiting or spending time with friends or relatives, or perhaps enjoying a trip away – all done in relative freedom.
We are able to escape from the intrusion of news reports – turn off the TV/radio/computer and escape the world’s troubles.
Unfortunately, for the people of Gaza there is no escape from the horrors of a weekend of bloody violence which has seen families torn apart and their lives destroyed. Twenty-four hours a day they have been subjected to things no human being should ever have to experience.
The weekend has seen the highest toll in human life since the Israeli Zionists started their aggressive and genocidal operation in Gaza.
One life lost in this conflict is one life too many, and yet over five hundred civilians have been slaughtered in what can only be described as a human abattoir. There is nowhere else for the people of Gaza to go, and so they are forced to stay where they are and become targets for the Zionist butchers.
Egypt has closed its border with Gaza and the Zionists control the other borders, which are notoriously difficult for the people of Gaza to pass in the best of times, resulting in Palestinians becoming inmates in their open prison.
This is not war – this is not Israel protecting its citizens – this is premeditated murder and nothing else.
Although the mainstream press are making headlines concentrating on the fact that women and children are making up a very high percentage of the numbers killed by the Zionists, the taking of ANY non-combatant human life in this conflict is as horrific as any other, man, woman, or child. There is no difference – murder is murder.
The UN’s Secretary General has spoken out and called the Zionist’s offensive “an atrocious action”. The UN Security Council has called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities”. We suspect that the UN’s criticism and calls for a ceasefire will be ignored by the Zionists unless there is some benefit or condition which the Zionists can impose – they usually want their own way and usually get it – just as a spoiled child will hold a parent to ransom.
The Zionist response it that the civilian casualties are the fault of Hamas. Speaking to the BBC, Netanyahu said that they give the civilians warning through leaflet dropping, telephone calls, and text messaging telling the people to leave their homes. He then goes on to say that Hamas tells people to stay so they can use them as a human shield.
By that statement alone, Netanyahu is admitting that he and the rest of his warmongers are purposely targeting civilians – a war crime. If the Zionists know there are civilians being used as human shields then they can not fire on that target under international law.
Here is a brief explanation of international humanitarian law relating to armed conflicts:
‘The basis of international humanitarian law is the principle of distinction, which applies in all armed conflicts. This principle obliges “Parties to a conflict” (i.e. the warring parties, whether states or non-state armed groups) to target only military objectives and not the civilian population or individual civilians or civilian objects (e.g. homes, schools, and hospitals). Failing to make this distinction in military operations represents an indiscriminate attack and is a war crime.
Similarly, although it is understood that it is not possible for parties to a conflict always to avoid civilian casualties when engaged in military operations, international humanitarian law also requires that parties to a conflict take precautions in any attack to minimise civilian deaths and injuries. Attacks likely to cause deaths or injuries among the civilian population or damage to civilian objects which would be “excessive” compared to the expected military advantage must be cancelled or suspended.’
If Hamas is using civilians as a human shield then it is the responsibility of the Zionists to use alternative methods of destroying the stockpile of weapons Hamas allegedly store in tunnels under civilian houses. It is quite simple. Under no circumstances should rockets be fired into the area which the Zionists know will result in significant civilian casualties.
As we have mentioned in other articles, the Zionists have incredibly sophisticated weaponry systems at their disposal – some of the best in the world – capable of remotely taking out a single person or vehicle. There is no excuse for the tactics they currently use which amount to barbarism and genocide.
According to the Zionists they have some of the best trained military in the world – but it seems they don’t want to put that training into use or to the test. If their objective is to target arms caches then there are many other ways to achieve their objective.
Netanyahu then goes on to say that his actions are to stop Hamas from entering Israel and killing its citizens, citing the number of rockets that Hamas has launched at Israel.
However, Netanyahu leaves out some important facts. According to research (independent of Zionist propaganda) the total number of Israeli fatalities from rocket attacks OVER A TEN YEAR PERIOD is 28!
Perhaps that puts into perspective the lies and propaganda the Zionists constantly use to justify their genocidal actions against the Palestinians.
The rockets used by Hamas (often collectively referred to as Qassam rockets) are very crude devices with limited capability. The fuel used to power them is generally a mixture of sugar and fertilizer.
In 2006, the then Defense Minister Director-General Yaakov Toran, described the rockets used by Hamas thus: “…but we need to remember that Qassams are more a psychological than physical threat. Statistically they cause the fewest losses…”
In contrast, Israel has highly sophisticated and powerful weaponry and defence systems. The much talked about ‘Iron Dome’ intercepts many of the rockets fired into Israel. It is interesting to note that before the introduction of ‘Iron Dome’ in 2011 there were few fatalities from Hamas rocket attacks even without the system.
In addition, Israel uses sophisticated ordnance to bombard Gaza’s citizens, and has been accused of using experimental and banned weapons such as the DIME [dense inert metal explosives] which contain tungsten, a cancer-causing metal that helps to produce incredibly destructive blasts which slice through flesh and bone, often decapitating the lower limbs of people within the blast radius.
Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who witnessed the horrific injuries caused by DIME bombs during Israel’s 2009 Gaza onslaught, told The Electronic Intifada over the phone from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City that patients are showing up with DIME-related injuries.
“A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006,” said Gilbert. “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”
The Independent reported on Israel’s use of the banned weapons in 2009, when Israel launched a tank attack on a UN school in which Palestinians were sheltering. UN spokesman, Chris Gunness, said at the time “There has to be an investigation to determine whether a war crime has been committed.”
Israel was accused of using white phosphorus as foreign doctors working in Gaza reported unexplainable injuries consistent with the use of the material in ordnance.
Despite the claims of Israel’s Zionist government, the evidence contradicts them time and time again. The evidence is not propaganda. The evidence is solid verifiable fact.
The verifiable facts (at the very least) cast serious doubt on the Zionist initiative and its intentions, and as a minimum the international community should be doing all that is possible to bring the Zionists to account for their obviously illegal actions against the civilians of Gaza.
This is not the first time the Zionists have got away with doing whatever they want – flouting international law and condemnation and receiving no penalty whatsoever.
AND STILL the USA and its allies provide finance and support to a regime which is guilty beyond doubt of the most horrific atrocities of our time.
The Zionists are given an incredible $3.1 Billion a year at the US taxpayer’s expense despite having a stable (if not booming) economy. In addition, the US has funded part of the Zionists military budget – for example giving the hundreds of millions of dollars for Iron Dome.
If the US aid to Israel is meant to buy Israel’s loyalty then it is clearly failing if the US’ intent is as publically stated. But a look back in history shows that there is likely to be far more to their relationship – and the Zionist’s relationship with the UK – than they will ever make the public aware of.
And so the people of Gaza will continue to suffer until someone somewhere maybe possibly might take strong action against the Zionists.
Unfortunately, the psychopaths who have manipulated themselves into positions of power will only have their own interests at the forefront of their minds. They may put on a bit of a public show, but that is all it will be. The core of their relationship with Zionists, and other ‘terrorist’ organisations around the world will continue because it serves their own interests.
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