Israel admits wrongdoing for bombing UN relief building with white phosphorus

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    Here is the story of the attack.


    Israel Attacks UN HQ in Gaza With ‘White Phosphorus’ Shells
    Israel Defends Attack on Building Sheltering 700 Civilians, Storing Food
    by Jason Ditz, January 15, 2009
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    The headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip was attacked today by Israeli artillery, sparking a fire which continues to burn. The compound was reportedly housing 700 civilian refugees and storehouses of increasingly scarce food aid at the time of the attack.

    But perhaps even more pressing is the nature of the attack, which UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said was hit with shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus. “What more stark symbolism do you need?” asked the spokesman. “You can’t put out white phosphorus with traditional methods such as fire extinguishers. You need sand. We don’t have sand.”

    Though Gunness says Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak termed the attack “a grave mistake,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended the attack, saying it made him sad but it was legitimate self defense. Israeli forces claimed the headquarters was being used by “militants” who were attacking the invading Israeli troops.

    Israel has retroactively accused Hamas of being at the sites of several of their most serious incidents of attacking civilian targets, but has generally been light on evidence to back up those claims. In an attack on a United Nations girls’ school full of civilians last week, the Israeli military claimed to have video evidence, which later turned out to be a YouTube video over a year old from a different school in a different city. Israel has repeatedly revised their story on that attack since the incident.

    The latest attack has sparked yet another international outcry against Israel for its now 20 day old war on the Gaza Strip. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared the spiraling civilian death toll “unbearable,” while European Union Aid Commissioner Louis Michel was “deeply shocked and dismayed to learn of this incident.”

    The use of white phosphorus as a weapon of war in civilian areas is banned under the Geneva Conventions’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, though Israel has repeatedly denied that it is doing so. Still, rising evidence is putting that story, like so many other official stories during this war, in serious doubt.

    Below is a video from CNN covering the phosphorus fires at the compound.


    Israel Issues Mild ‘Reprimands’ to Commanders for Attacking UN Building
    Israeli Military Insists Own Report Announcing Reprimands Isn't True
    by Jason Ditz, February 01, 2010
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    Israel’s objections to the assorted reports on the Gaza War are well-established in a myriad of angry comments from officials which continue to this day. Few expected, however, that the military would so quickly object to the Israeli government’s own report on the war.

    The formal response to the Goldstone Report announced that two Israeli commanders, Brigadier General Eyal Eisenberg and Colonel Ilian Maika had “exceeded their authority” in a January 15, 2009 attack on the United Nations relief agency headquarters with white phosphorus munitions.

    The two were both slated to receive formal reprimands, though officials said it was highly unlikely that the reprimands would do any harm to the career of either officer and would likely be forgotten after their next promotion.

    Israeli artillery attacked the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters, causing injuries and burning storehouses containing several tons of food aid. The compound was full of civilians at the time of the attack.

    Then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended the attack as “legitimate self defense,” and claimed the compound was full of militants, an allegation they later retracted.

    The apparent reprimands are the first serious Israeli admission of official wrongdoing in the war. The military however, seems intent on continuing to deny the reprimands ever took place.
  2. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    This certainly proves that Israel deserves some due credit for the work of it's moderates, however comparatively minor the reprimand.
  3. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    Ha, to me it just proves what a criminal aggressor apartheid state they have become
  4. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    Fuck Israel. They don't deserve credit for SHIT but mass murder.
  5. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    And I remember when this was happening last year, and they lied and tried to convince people that they didn't use any illegal chemicals. And they used the same white phosphorous in their raid in 2006 as well. I think they deserve whatever they have coming to them. You don't do shit like that continuously without expecting blowback. That's my word. Fuck 'em.
  6. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    to me its just another example of their flagrant disregard for humanitarian and international law and standards.
  7. JonathanK

    JonathanK Well-Known Member

    When The United States collapses, Israel will probably collapse shortly after. I wouldn't be surprised if Palestinians are so radicalised that they exile all Israeli citizens.
  8. anonymous51

    anonymous51 Staff Alumni

    How the hell can Isreal STILL justify the excuse for bombing the school, as it was supposedly being used by terrorists, when they now know that it was a fucking UN building. Are they trying to say the UN is cooperating with hamas now?
  9. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    What's even more disgusting is that the US supports this kind of debauchery, while being fully aware of it. The state of Israel is the biggest terrorist entity in the Middle East, imo.
  10. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think that is an actual claim.
  11. nos nomed

    nos nomed Well-Known Member

    America needs to stop supporting military groups outside of its own all we do is create terrorist groups it seems.
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