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White Flag Deaths - Killings of Palestinian Civilians during Operation Cast Lead

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posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 01:30 PM
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White Flag Deaths - Killings of Palestinian Civilians during Operation Cast Lead


www.hrw.org

This report documents seven incidents where Israeli soldiers fired on civilians with small arms during Israel’s major military operations in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.
These attacks killed 11 civilians—including five women and four children—and wounded at least another eight.

These casualties comprise a small fraction of the Palestinian civilians killed and wounded during what Israel called Operation Cast Lead, but they stand out because of the
circumstances of the attacks.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 01:30 PM
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Deliberate attacks on civilians are violations of the laws of war, and individuals who commit or order such attacks are responsible for war crimes.
the Israeli government and IDF have failed to conduct serious investigations into many of the credible allegations of
laws-of-war violations by Israeli forces during Operation Cast Lead.

Israel is now considering the allegations and unreliable.
However if so, then why do they refuse to do their own investigations?


When Israeli soldiers who fought in the operation spoke publicly about attacks on civilians and other violations, the IDF dismissed their claims as hearsay and exaggerations, and criticized the soldiers for speaking out.

So the allegations were unreliable and then the soldiers that spoke out are being criticized, and probably more?

THE BELOW IS VERY IMPORANT:


In the killings documented in this report, Human Rights Watch found no evidence that the civilian victims were used by Palestinian fighters as human shields or were shot in the crossfire between opposing forces. In each of the incidents, Israeli forces appeared in control, and Palestinian fighters had left the area in question. The civilian victims were in plain view and posed no apparent security threat.


This is an argument that has kept on being used over and over and over again, but apparently it was all lies.

This report just came out today, I will read it further as it's over 50 pages long.

But the last excerpt from the document needs to be heeded.



www.hrw.org
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 13-8-2009 by ModernAcademia]



posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 02:08 PM
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Great find, however even supporters of israel's actions won't find this as a surprise.

It's conforming what everyone already knows but only half will admit it.

Where's FlyersFan to tell us about how they actually were civilian shields and that she has Obama's birth certificate



posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 03:10 PM
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There is no excuse for not holding Israel to the same standards that Serbia was held to in it's war against predominately Islamic Bosnia.

That Israel is guilty of war crimes is an absolute given.

That it's a crime that the entire body politic of the world is for some needless and senseless and criminal reason afraid to confront the Israeli Government and it's officials with the same laws and standards that we hold every other nation in the world accountable to is beyond any reasonable or rational or logical explanation.

If laws are not applied evenly they cease becoming laws and start becoming selective instruments of terror.

Which is pretty much what Israel is, a terrorist regime.



posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:35 PM
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Man
it's really sad reading this 50+ document

White Phosphorus was used only on civilians
Real threats were even a target
Just makes you think



posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:51 PM
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Good find. I doubt Israel would be so bullish towards Palestinians + neighbours if they didn't have the US backing them up politically and with weapons.

I'm not saying Israel is the sole problem in the region, but the way they treat others will come back to bite them in the ass one day.



posted on Aug, 25 2009 @ 03:08 PM
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Still reading through the .pdf
Seems to get more and more..... evil on Israel's part.



posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 02:09 AM
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This was in the news today...




The Jerusalem Post
The IDF rejected a B'tselem report on Wednesday which claimed more than half of the 1,382 Palestinians killed in Operation Cast Lead did not take part in hostilities....
Hamas is diverting attention from the real issue, in which this terror organization specifically and deliberately endangered the lives of the residents in the Gaza Strip, where on the other hand, as much as was possible, the IDF sought to prevent the harm of uninvolved noncombatant civilians...


So according to the IDF, it's now officially Hamas' fault that Israel marched in (despite taking hundreds of millions in US tax payer money on the premise that they would withdraw from Gaza by the way), and killed about 700 innocent civilians with indiscriminate weapons like White Phosphorus? Crazy stuff, we invade and embargo other countries for alot less than this kind of stuff.



posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 03:47 AM
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Under US law, we don't sell weapons to countries that intend to use them in an offensive war. It is clear that Israel has violated this requirement on a number of occasions. For some reason, we seem to ignore anything Israel does that destroys US credibility. We release their spies caught on our soil with little to no punishment. No one ever confronts Israel on this issue - why does a trusted ally need hundreds of spies inside the United States?

During the Gaza invasion, few members of our government had the courage to call out Israel for the daily atrocities we witnessed on the news. The bodies of little children blown apart was one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. They would laser bomb an apartment building to kill one guy and kill everyone in the building along with him. Then, they'd say that guy, by living in a residential apartment with his family, was using his family as human shields. I know what human shields are - IDF troops using an 8yo boy to walk ahead of them to trigger bombs or sniper fire is the true meaning of using a human shield.

In all honesty, I can now imagine what compels some of these people to strap bombs to themselves. They have no real military and no advanced weapons. They are trapped behind a wall and more and more lands are being illegal taken every year. Consider your state of mind if your whole family or your children were killed by these guys. If your loved ones have all been killed, what have you got to lose and what else could you live your life for if not some measure of vengeance? Before the invasion, very few people knew anything about Palestine - they didn't care to. Widespread awareness of what Israel is doing to those people has been the only good thing resulting from that invasion.

There was an American girl, a protester, run over by an Israeli bulldozer as it flattened a Palestinian home. She has yet to receive justice. At the very least, we need to stop selling weapons to Israel and stop providing financial support when they behave this way. Accusations of Antisemitism simply don't hold water anymore. They are building a ghetto and people need to speak out against it.

[edit on 10-9-2009 by andrewh7]




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