REPORT On the use of radioactive weapons in the Gaza Strip during « Operation Cast Lead » (27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009)
July 28, 2009
By Ilan Pappe
[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]
January 10, 2009
Since the beginning of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza on January 3,
2009, there have been numerous media reports about the possible use by
the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of white phosphorus (WP), a chemical
substance used in military ordnance that has several tactical uses. The
IDF has told Human Rights Watch and reporters that it is not using WP
in Gaza. On January 7, an IDF spokesman told CNN, “I can tell you with
certainty that white phosphorus is absolutely not being used.”
Israel Should Release Camera Footage of Deadly Attacks
June 30, 2009
(Jerusalem) - Israeli attacks with guided missiles fired from aerial
drones killed civilians during the recent Gaza fighting in violation of
the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report
released today. The attacks with one of the most precise weapons in
Israel's arsenal killed civilians who were not taking part in
hostilities and were far from any fighting.
UN human rights mission has begun hearing testimony in its
investigation of alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas during the
22-day Gaza war earlier this year.
The fact-finding mission opened a two-day public hearing on Sunday
in Gaza City where it began hearing from victims of the conflict, which
began in late December 2008.
Soldiers’ Testimonies from Operation Cast Lead, Gaza 2009
The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by
Israel's blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency
tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today.
This powerful report looks at the alleged Israeli war crimes committed during the Gaza War. We show blindfolded children being used as human shields alongside innocent civilians and medics being targeted.
The Guardian has compiled detailed evidence of alleged war crimes committed by Israel during the 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier this year, involving the use of Palestinian children as human shields and the targeting of medics and hospitals.
A month-long investigation also obtained evidence of civilians being hit by fire from unmanned drone aircraft said to be so accurate that their operators can tell the colour of the clothes worn by a target.
This report documents Israel’s extensive use of white phosphorus munitions during its 22- day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead. Based on in-depth investigations in Gaza, the report concludes that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.