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The Gaza War, known as Operation Cast Lead (מבצע עופרת יצוקה) in Israel and as the Gaza Massacre (مجزرة غزة) or the Battle of al-Furqan [the criterion] (معركة الفرقان)  in Gaza and by Hamas was a three-week armed conflict that took place in the Gaza Strip during the winter of 2008–2009 which started on December 27, 2008. Israel's stated aim was to stop rocket fire into Israel and arms import into the Gaza strip. After the beginning of the conflict, Palestinian groups continued firing rockets in response to what they characterized as "massacres". Israeli forces attacked police stations, military targets including weapons caches and suspected rocket firing teams as well as political and administrative institutions in the opening assault, striking in the densely populated cities of Gaza, Khan Younis and Rafah.
An Israeli ground invasion began on January 3. Infantry commanders were given an unprecedented level of access to coordinate with air, naval, artillery, intelligence, and combat engineering units during this second phase. Various new technologies and hardware were also introduced. On January 5, IDF forces began operating in the densely populated urban centers of Gaza. During the last week of the offensive (from 12 January), Israel mostly hit targets it had damaged previously and struck Palestinian rocket-launching units. Hamas intensified its rocket and mortar attacks against civilian targets in Southern Israel, reaching the major cities of Beersheba and Ashdod for the first time during the conflict. Israeli politicians ultimately decided against striking deeper within Gaza amidst concerns of higher casualties on both sides and increasing international criticism. The war ended on January 18, when Israel first declared a unilateral ceasefire, followed by Hamas' announcing a one-week ceasefire twelve hours later. Israel completed its withdrawal on January 21.
The conflict resulted in between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths, 4 from friendly fire. In September 2009, a UN special mission, headed by the South African Justice Richard Goldstone, produced a controversial report accusing both Palestinian militants and Israeli Defense Forces of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, and recommended bringing those responsible to justice. In January 2010, the Israeli government released a response criticizing the Goldstone Report and disputing its findings. In 2011, Goldstone wrote that he no longer believed that Israel intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza. The other authors of the report, Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers, rejected Goldstone's reassessment.
Palestinians who did not take part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces ( not including the objects of targeted killings). Total = 764
Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces and it is not known if they were taking part in the hostilities. Total = 32
Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces. Total = 351
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced Tuesday that the court will not accede to a 2009 PA request to investigate allegations of war crimes during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict.
In a written ruling, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that the court cannot investigate the PA’s allegations because the court only has jurisdiction over recognized states.
The Office of the Prosecutor noted that while Palestine has been recognized as a state in bilateral relations by over 130 governments, by UN bodies and by other international organizations, the UN General Assembly has granted the Palestinian Authority the status of “observer” and not “non-member state.”
Palestine has been trying to be recognized as its own statehood, which is nothing new, we're all aware of this. The UN continues to stall any and all decisions whether to recognize Palestine as its own state and Israel is dead set against them becoming their own state.
Originally posted by Juggernog
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Was this the same war where Israel got their asses spanked by a bunch of "rock throwers"?
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Yes, we are talking about the same conflict, and you're right, Israel gave out fair warning that they will strike via leaflets and phone calls. Did people heed these warnings? I'm thinking they did but at the end of the day not everyone listens to said warnings, for whatever their reasons may be, remember Katrina? That said, it doesn't rule out that crimes against humanity were committed by both sides and need to be investigated. Palestine is more than willing to let the investigation occur, Israel isn't.