Article Image

Israeli terrorists ADMIT using white phosphorus in Gaza civilian areas (Warning Graphic)

Written by Subject: TERRORISM
This message was approved by Mike Renzulli
Israel used white phosphorus in Gaza civilian areas
19 January 2009
The Israeli army used white phosphorus, a weapon with a highly incendiary effect, in densely populated civilian residential areas of Gaza City, according to indisputable evidence found an Amnesty International fact-finding team which reached the area last Saturday.

When white phosphorus lands on skin it burns deeply through muscle and into the bone, continuing to burn until deprived of oxygen.

Amnesty International’s delegates found still-burning white phosphorus wedges all around residential buildings on Sunday. These wedges were further endangering the residents and their property; streets and alleys are full of children playing, drawn to the detritus of war and often unaware of the danger.

The carrier shells which delivered the wedges were also still lying in and around houses and buildings. Some of these heavy steel 155mm shells have caused extensive damage to residential properties.

"Yesterday, we saw streets and alleyways littered with evidence of the use of white phosphorus, including still burning wedges and the remnants of the shells and canisters fired by the Israeli army," said Christopher Cobb-Smith, a weapons expert who is in Gaza as part of the four-person Amnesty International team.

"White phosphorus is a weapon intended to provide a smokescreen for troop movements on the battlefield," said Cobb-Smith. "It is highly incendiary, air burst and its spread effect is such that it that should never be used on civilian areas.”

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s researcher on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories said that such extensive use of this weapon in Gaza's densely populated residential neighbourhoods is inherently indiscriminate. "Its repeated use in this manner, despite evidence of its indiscriminate effects and its toll on civilians, is a war crime," she said

When each 155mm artillery shell bursts, it deploys 116 wedges impregnated with white phosphorus which ignite on contact with oxygen and can scatter, depending on the height at which it is burst (and wind conditions), over an area at least the size of a football pitch. In addition to the indiscriminate effect of air-bursting such a weapon, firing such shells as artillery exacerbates the likelihood that civilians will be affected.

"Artillery is an area weapon; not good for pinpoint targeting. The fact that these munitions, which are usually used as ground burst, were fired as air bursts increases the likely size of the danger area,” said Chris Cobb-Smith.

Among the places worst affected by the use of white phosphorus was the UNRWA compound in Gaza City, at which Israeli forces fired three white phosphorus shells on 15 January. The white phosphorus landed next to some fuel trucks and caused a large fire which destroyed tons of humanitarian aid.

Prior to this strike, the compound had already been hit an hour earlier and the Israeli authorities had been informed by UNRWA officials and had given assurance that no further strikes would be launched on the compound.

In another incident on the same day a white phosphorus shell landed in the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City also causing a fire that forced hospital staff to evacuate the patients.

6 Comments in Response to

Comment by Die Daily
Entered on:

Legal? Legal? 4409 is desperate, lol? Mike, let me get this straight: if there is a law permitting it, it is then OK to disperse WP gas in football field sized tracts over medium and high density residential civilian areas, hospitals, schools, and aid depots?

I reeeeeeally hate to point out the super doooper obvious here, but the dictionary says:
hol·o·caust (hŏl'ə-kôst', hō'lə-)
n. Great destruction resulting in the extensive loss of life, especially by fire.
So, in every sense from the obvious to the technical, Israel is definitely now in the holocaust business.

Another really obvious one: Hitlers actions were legal in exactly the same sense of Israels acts. So they were OK too? Find me one sense in which the Third Reich's relationship to and compliance with international law differs substantively from that of Israel's. You can rule out territorial expansion by military force. Ghetto. We have "papers please" for both. Both are a racially motivated Reich. Both proclaim their race and creed as the supreme, exclusive one destined to rule over the other [inferior] races. Many Israelis refer to "dirty Arab animals" in almost exactly the same way many Germans referred to "dirty Jews". Want ten more parallels? No prob. You can start with these.

Comment by John Redman
Entered on:

Just a quick poll: Who here would inform Mike that the throat lozenge  that he was about to consume was, in fact, an errant willie pete wedge. I'll go first." Wait until I find the toothpick that I just dropped."

Comment by Mike Renzulli
Entered on:

Tom et all: I don't have to prove my assertion at best you all need to approve yours. If you all wish to remain in denial, that's your choice. Otherwise, just like believers are the ones who have to prove the existence of God, you all need to prove Israel is the aggressor in the middle east conflicts.

You all can do your own research. I am not going to do it for you. You all wish to remain on the wrong side of the issue, be my guest. I will await your concession of the correctness of my stance in due time.

However, I will be a nice guy and point you in the direction of where you can start pulling the wool off your eyes by refering you to this website:

Now excuse me while I make a withdrawl from my bank account at Knight Templar Bank so I can attend an AIPAC conference where I can show off my recently purchased Israeli Defense Forces t-shirt. :)

Comment by Nick Barnett
Entered on:

Again, just because some old coots wrote this down in some book doesn't mean the law is valid. 

Comment by Tom Westbrook
Entered on:

ALL THESE PHOTOS ARE PHOTOSHOPPED. NONE OF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED -- That's the response I was hopping to get from Mike, not: "It's legal" (meaning, I guess that it's okay). What about morality? What about unintended consequences, like providing motive for more suicide bomber recruitments? Wasn't your goal security for Israel? And what happened to your case that Palestinians wanted to "slaughter Jews"? I'm listening, but it doesn't seem the evidence is falling in your favor.

Comment by Mike Renzulli
Entered on:

Obviously 4409 is desperate or he wouldn't be posting stuff like this misrepresenting my position. If he dug further he would take into account a statement by the Israeli military on this issue published by the London Times in 2009:

"Avital Leibovich, the army spokeswoman, said its use was “legal according to international law...All the munitions we were using were legal, like the French, American and British armies. We used munitions according to international law.

“They [Hamas] were committing war crimes by putting the civilians in the front line,” she said. “If Hamas chooses to locate training camps, command the middle of the [civilian population]...look how populated it is...naturally they are endangering the lives of civilians. Hamas is accountable for the loss of the civilians.”

Major-General Amir Eshel, the army's head of strategic planning, said that firing shells to provide a smoke screen was legal. “It is the most nonlethal kind of weapon we used. I don't see any issue with that,” he said."

function slideshowPopUp(url) { pictureGalleryPopupPic(url); return false; }

Join us on our Social Networks:


Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network: