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Baroness Tonge: "Israel stands accused of war crimes witnessed by the whole world"
Baroness Tonge: My Lords, Tzipi Livni, the Israeli Foreign Minister, said that Israel would go wild in Gaza. They certainly did that, with the USA turning its usual blind eye. The UK and the European Union have behaved so feebly they were almost colluding in Israel's actions. Israel carefully excluded the press and media—evidence of guilt? But the UN, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International all had people watching what was happening, as well as the Al-Jazeera cameras.
One charge I wish to make concerns the use of white phosphorus in residential areas, where many people were injured by this obscene material. It is a crime. The injuries sustained by burning phosphorus are horrible and the suffering is unthinkable. The Israelis also used 155mm shells in residential areas, able to do damage over a range of 300 metres. Yet, the Israelis assured us that they were accurately targeting only those areas with Hamas installations. Really? With a damage range of 300 metres? What lies. Both actions are against international law; they are war crimes. Many innocent civilians, many little children, have been killed by these obscenities.
Will the Minister assure us, therefore, that our Government and the European Union will not be content with Israeli offers of an inquiry into the behaviour of their military? There must be an independent investigation through the United Nations Security Council. Israel stands accused of war crimes, witnessed by the whole world. What hope for Israels long-term future now?
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Originally posted by detachedindividual
Brown needs to grow some balls, stand on a podium and state, without question or pause, that the people of the UK find the actions of Israel in Gaza wholly unacceptable. He has to state that the UK government will not sit by and watch Israel clear themselves of any wrong doing.
I want to see him state that he is angry, just like the rest of us.
Originally posted by Founding
I hope she has the courage to speak up on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
The Islamic Jihad is running a summer school - to teach boys the benefits of becoming suicide bombers.
A new generation of children, Palestinian boys aged between 12 and 15 years old, is growing up amid conflict and violence....
...Mohammed, a 14-year-old boy, draws himself with explosives strapped to his body, ready to blow himself to pieces if it means killing Jews.
27 May: A series of explosions rock central Jerusalem during morning rush-hour. There are no reports of serious injuries.
26 May: A car bomb explodes outside the central Jerusalem police station in an area packed with bars and restaurants, although no-one is injured. The hard line Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine says it carried out the attack.
25 May: Two separate explosions kill at least four and injure more than 60 in the northern Israeli town of Hadera and in Nablus in the West Bank. Suicide bombers die in both blasts although the Palestinians say the Nablus attack is assassination.
18 May: At least five people are killed and more than 30 injured when a suicide bomber blows himself up in Netanya. The bomber is believed to be among the dead.
6 May: A bomb placed in a rubbish bin in a bus station in a Tel Aviv suburb slightly injures a woman.
29 April: A Palestinian is killed when a bomb explodes near a Jewish settlers' school bus near the West Bank town of Nablus.
22 April: Two people are killed and more than 20 injured in a bus stop bombing in the town of Kfar Saba north of Tel Aviv. One was believed to be the bomber. The Popular Army Front claimed responsibility.
14 April: Two pipe bombs go off within an hour of each other, one in Kfar Saba and the other near the border with the West Bank. One person is injured in the second attack.
28 March: Three people are killed and several critically injured in a bomb explosion on the border between Israel and the West Bank. The Islamic militant group, Hamas, admits carrying out the attack.
27 March: Thirty people are injured in two separate bomb attacks in Jerusalem. A bomber is killed in the explosion.
4 March: A suicide bomber blows himself up in Netanya, killing three Israelis and injuring dozens more.
1 March: At least one person is killed and nine injured in an explosion in northern Israel. A group calling itself The Battalions of Return says it is responsible.
8 February: Two car bomb explosions in the heart of the ultra-Orthodox area of west Jerusalem. It is the first explosion since the election of right-wing Likud leader Ariel Sharon. No-one is killed.
1 January: Car bomb explodes in west Jerusalem. One woman injured.
28 December: At least one bomb explodes on a bus near Tel Aviv, wounding 13 Israelis.
22 November: Two Israelis killed and 55 wounded by a car bomb that explodes during the rush-hour in northern town of Hadera.
2 November: Two Israelis killed by a powerful car bomb at central Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, a frequent target of attacks. Islamic Jihad says it carried out the bombing.
6 November: A car bomb at the same market kills two suicide bombers from Islamic Jihad and wounds 21.
4 September: Explosion in west Jerusalem kills eight, including three bombers, and wounds more than 170.
30 July: Two militants blow themselves up in the Mahane Yehuda market, killing themselves and 16 shoppers.
31 March: Suicide bomber kills himself and three women at a Tel Aviv cafe.
4 March: Tel Aviv bomb kills 13.
3 March: Suicide bomb on a Jerusalem bus kills 19.
25 February: Suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv kill 26. Militant Hamas group claims responsibility.
21 August: Bomb on a Jerusalem bus kills five and wounds 69.
July 24: Unidentified suicide bomber kills six passengers and himself on a bus outside Tel Aviv.
9 April: Islamic Jihad suicide bomber attacks military convoy in Gaza, killing seven soldiers and an American tourist.
22 January: Two Islamic Jihad militants blow themselves up amid a group of soldiers near Netanya, killing 21.
11 November: Islamic Jihad militant sets off bomb near Netzarim settlement in Gaza, killing three officers.
19 October: Hamas militant sets off bomb killing 23 on a Tel Aviv bus.
13 April: Hamas bomb kills five and injures 30 in Hadera north of Tel Aviv.
6 April: Hamas car bomb in Afula kills eight and wounds 44. Hamas says attack was revenge for killing of 29 Palestinians by a settler.
884 people have been murdered and 5932 have been injured in Israel as a result of Palestinian violence and terror attacks between September 2000 and October 2003, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Below are the most significant of these attacks.
Oct. 4, 2003
29-year-old female suicide bomber from Jenin explodes in a Haifa restaurant, co-owned by Israeli Arabs, two days before Yom Kippur.
19 murdered, including several children. A newborn and 4 Israeli-Arabs were among those killed. 60 injured.
Sept. 9, 2003
Twin homocide bomb attacks take place near the Zerifin Military Base and at a Jerusalem cafe.
15 murdered. Among the dead in the cafe attack were Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room of a Jerusalem hospital, and his daughter Nava, a bride to be married the next day.
Aug. 19, 2003 - The attack takes place in the midst of a "cease-fire" declared by Palestinian terror groups and on the eve of a planned transfer of several West Bank cities to Palestinian Authority control.
A Palestinian suicide bomber, dressed as an Orthodox Jew, strikes on a Jerusalem bus.
23 murdered, including several children. More than 100 are injured.
June 11, 2003 - The attack comes a week after the "road map" peace process is launched at a summit in Aqaba, Jordan, with the leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States.
A Palestinian suicide bomber, dressed as an Orthodox Jew, blows himself up on a bus.
March 5, 2003
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes on a bus en route to Haifa University.
17 murdered, most of them teenagers. 53 injured.
Jan. 5, 2003
Two Palestinian suicide bombers strike in crowded Tel Aviv shopping district.
23 murdered, including 8 foreign nationals. More than 120 injured.
Nov. 21, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates on a commuter bus during morning rush hour in Jerusalem.
11 murdered, many of them schoolchildren. More than 50 injured.
Oct. 22, 2002
An explosives-laden sport utility vehicle driven by a Palestinian suicide bomber rammed into a bus near Hadera in northern Israel.
14 murdered. More than 45 injured.
July 31, 2002
A Palestinian terrorist plants and detonates a bomb in a backpack in a Hebrew University cafeteria.
9 murdered, including 5 Americans. More than 80 injured.
June 18-19, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes on a rush-hour bus in Jerusalem, carrying many children on their way to school.
19 murdered. 74 injured - 6 seriously.
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes at a hitchhiking post in Jerusalem's French Hill.
7 murdered. 50 injured - 3 critically.
June 5, 2002
A car packed with a large quantity of explosives struck a bus traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias.
17 murdered. 38 injured.
May 8, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes at a crowded billiard hall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon le-Zion.
15 murdered. 55 injured.
March 31, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes a restaurant in Haifa frequented by both Arabs and Jews. The bombing follows suicide attacks on each of the previous two days, one at a Jerusalem supermarket and one at a café in Tel Aviv.
15 murdered. Over 40 injured.
March 27, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber (Hamas) strikes at Netanya's Park hotel during a Passover seder.
29 murdered, mostly senior citizens. 140 injured - 20 seriously.
March 9, 2002
Palestinian terrorists bomb Jerusalem's popular Moment Café, around the corner from the prime minister's residence.
March 2-3, 2002 - Attacks occur during talk of a Saudi Arabian peace initiative.
A suicide bomber blows himself up in a crowd of mothers and children walking home from synagogue after the Sabbath in an ultra-orthodox Jerusalem neighbourhood.
9 murdered, including 6 children, and an entire family is wiped out.
A Palestinian sniper shoots an Israeli policeman riding on a motorcycle.
A Palestinian sniper attacks at a West Bank checkpoint.
10 murdered, including 7 soldiers.
Palestinian attack in Gaza.
1 murdered. 4 injured.
Dec. 2, 2001
Palestinian terrorists attack three times in 24 hours - at a pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem, in a car in downtown Jerusalem and on a Haifa bus.
25 murdered. Over 200 injured.
Oct. 17, 2001
Palestinian gunmen assassinate Israel's tourism minister, Rehavam Ze'evi, in a Jerusalem hotel.
Aug. 9, 2001
A Palestinian suicide bomber attacks the Sbarro pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem at lunchtime.
15 murdered - including several children and nearly an entire family. 130 injured.
June 1, 2001 - The attack comes days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced a unilateral Israeli cease-fire.
A Palestinian suicide bomber attacks a Tel Aviv beachside disco filled with teenaged immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
21 murdered. More than 100 injured.
Originally posted by Dracula23
reply to post by masonwatcher
Masonwatcher your one sided approach makes you look childish and Immature.
Originally posted by Spinoza73
Oh, yeah, those rockets: since 2001 rockets are fired from Gaza to the South of Israel, resulting in 28 death till today. Israel, just in the period 2005-2007, killed 1290 Palestinians in Gaza, including 222 children. With the recent attacks we can add about 1300 to that number.
[edit on 24-1-2009 by Spinoza73]