To those attempting to justify war crimes who making comments on this blog, the use of white phosphorus in the manner in which it was used against the Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli Army is illegal.
Then again, if those saying that the use of white phosphorus in Gaza was legal, hey, share it with the Palestinians then, have them use it as well.
Then again, theft of land, killing of civilians, detention of children, demolition of homes, and – lest we forget – ethnic cleansing – are all illegal, and, yet, the Israeli government has excelled in such practices, and Israeli historian Benny Morris – who proves through Israeli documents that the Israel did commit ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians — nevertheless justifies such immoralities.
But – more on white phosphorus.
More on its illegality. Peter Herby, head of the ICRC’s Arms Unit, said: “The use of such white phosphorous weapons against any military objective within concentrations of civilians is prohibited unless the military objective is clearly separated from the civilians. The use of air-dropped incendiary weapons against military objectives within a concentration of civilians is simply prohibited. These prohibitions are contained in Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.”
And what does this weapon do?
“In Shifa Hospital’s burn unit, Yasser Khalil checks on one of their most seriously injured patients – a woman with abnormal burns on her arms and legs. Dr. Khalil says he believes the burns were caused by white phosphorus. “It’s the first time we’ve seen anything like this,” he says. “It’s completely different from the usual burns we see every day. It’s very deep, and if you smell it, you have a hard time breathing. It goes beyond a fourth-degree burn. It can burn through the muscle and can reach the bone.“”
And where was this weapon used?
“New York-based Human Rights Watch is expected to issue a report on the issue in the coming weeks. “When we got into Gaza, we found about 72 white phosphorus shells marked M825E1, which is the US designation for a white phosphorus shell which has been upgraded,” says Mr. Garlasco. He says he found spent and unexploded white phosphorus canisters. Of the 72, 24 were found in or adjacent to homes.”
“Amnesty International says a fact-finding team here has also found evidence that white phosphorus was used in populated areas.”
So, a government that commits illegal acts is what?
A criminal government.
And such a government deserves what?