Israel’s war crimes in Gaza

The Real News, March 20, 2009

Israeli soldiers come forward saying they had no restrictions, rules of engagement.

AlJazeera, March 19, 2009

Israel’s army is accused of war crimes after more than 1,300 Palestinians were killed in the war on Gaza. In interviews published by a leading Israeli newspaper, Israeli soldiers say killing Palestinian civilians and destroying their homes was allowed in Israels rules of engagement during the war.

Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros reports from Jerusalem.

AlJazeera, March 23, 2009

A group of former Israeli soldiers say they have new evidence of potential war crimes committed by the Israeli army during the war on Gaza. These are not the first allegations of war crimes levelled at the Israeli military and the claims have sparked a bitter debate within Israel’s defence forces and wider society over the “morality” of the IDF and its behaviour in Gaza.

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AlJazeera, March 22, 2009

The Israeli military has condemned the t-shirts worn by soldiers as “unacceptable,” which depict the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

The shirts came into fashion following disclosures that soldiers who took part in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza complained about rules of engagement allowing them to kill civilians and destroy property.

Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin has more.

AlJazeera, March 26, 2009

According to Human Rights Watch Israels use of white phosphorus in their offensive on the Gaza Strip constitutes a war crime”, which Israel strenuously denies. Phosphorus ignites in oxygen in temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius and daily temperatures were much hotter than that when the war was carried out in Gaza in January. It is almost impossible to put out, and if it comes into contact with human flesh it can burn to the bone. Sabah Abu Halima who lost her husband and four of her children in the war, tells her story.

AlJazeera, March 25, 2009

Al Jazeera has tracked down the origin of the white phosphorus used by Israel in the war on Gaza. It comes from an army arsenal in a small US town called Pine Bluff, Arkansas, home to 50,000 people. Mike Kirsch travelled to Pine Bluff to discover what its residents and leaders thought of their town’s role in the war on Gaza.

The Guardian, March 24, 2009

Clancy Chassay investigates claims from three brothers that the Israeli military used them as human shields during the invasion of Gaza.

The Guardian, March 24, 2009

Clancy Chassay asks why Israeli drones with optics capable of seeing the colour of a target’s clothes killed so many Palestinian civilians during the recent Gaza invasion.

The Guardian, March 

Clancy Chassay asks why 16 medical workers were killed and more than half of Gaza’s hospitals hit during Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

The Real News, March 31, 2009

Israel’s skepticism of UN means it will probably only examine reports from its own soldiers.

Further Resources:

Israeli newspaper Haaretz has posted lengthy excerpts from last month’s chilling testimony from Israeli soldiers who took part in the attack on Gaza

DemocracyNow! reports on Israel’s assault on Gaza

Rain of Fire: Human Rights Watch report on Israel’s unlawful use of white Phosphorus in Gaza

Israeli Soldiers Admit to Deliberate Killing of Gaza Civilians

Israeli Soldiers Say Army Rabbis Framed Gaza as Religious War

U.N. rights envoy sees Israeli war crimes in Gaza (Reuters)

Israel’s War Crimes: Calls for investigation into Gaza attacks

Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of War Crimes

ICC Investigating Israel War Crimes Charges

Five Myths That Sanction Israel’s War Crimes

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