Posted by: r.m. | February 5, 2009

white phosphorus: illegal.

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.

“As white phosphorus is highly incendiary, can reignite when exposed to oxygen, and causes painful chemical burns, it is not intended – or legal under international law – for use in civilian areas.

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?


Responses

  1. Is sending 9000 Kassam and grad missiles against Israeli civilian centres legal under teh Geneva Convention?

  2. You need to read about the Kassam rockets and other goodies on my page. first read the primer on hamas weapons. then read the whats inside on these weapons. then ask why

  3. Michael
    it’s because it’s us old nasty Jews that fight back thhat has their panties in a wad

  4. And where is all the bitching about hamas stealing all that UN Aid? food and blankets . where?

  5. For the purpose of this Protocol:
    1. “Incendiary weapon” means any weapon or munition which is primarily designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons through the action of flame, heat, or combination thereof, produced by a chemical reaction of a substance delivered on the target. (a) Incendiary weapons can take the form of, for example, flame throwers, fougasses, shells, rockets, grenades, mines, bombs and other containers of incendiary substances.
    (b) Incendiary weapons do not include:
    (i) Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such as illuminants, tracers, smoke or signalling systems;

    So no the Israelis did not violate International law despite what you and others have said. I notice that all who claim this violation NEVER actually show the full text of Protocol 3. Lies by omission are still lies or that is what these same people have claimed about others.

  6. Ponit to vulture!

  7. ‘Fighting back’ is what any people with dignity would do if they were under siege for years. I think you mised that from your argument.


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