Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes and Calls on Obama To Suspend Military Shipments

6a010536038d7b970c011168911b31970c-120wi660px-flag_of_israelsvg1The Nobel Prize winning organization Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes during its attack on the Gaza Strip. The allegations largely center on the use of white phosphorous that was dropped by IDF aircraft. The group is now calling on President Obama to suspend military shipments and sales to Israel.

Israel has condemned for its use of white phosphorus was dropped by IDF aircraft in crowed civilian areas, causing extensive injuries and fires. Various groups insisted that such use violate the Geneva Convention on the use of incendiary devices.

AI’s investigation confirmed the use of the material. Christopher Cobb-Smith, a weapons expert observed:

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

The United States is accused of supplying the weapons to Israel.

IA said fact-finding missions had unearthed evidence that Israeli troops “used white phosphorus and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes”.

For the statement of Amnesty International, click here.

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9 thoughts on “Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes and Calls on Obama To Suspend Military Shipments”

  1. Hmmmm…it is starting, as I predicted. Funny they should start speaking up now….. My personal belief is that AI should be prosecuted for every criminal illegal immigrant that kills or robs an American citizen. I hold Bush accountable as well. ICE should be given far-sweeping powers to uphold the law, and millions should be deported back to their countries.

  2. “This was an actual physical assault – past the limits of good taste,” the officer, Captain (Res.) Ron Edelheit told Ynet on Monday.

    This was because Palestinian protesters in Amsterdam threw shoes at him. But those white phosphorus shells aren’t “an actual physical assault – past the limits of good taste” are they, Cap’n?

    You burned beyond recognition? Did you lose a limb? Did you lose a child?

    I didn’t think so.

    Get over it, you whiny apologist!

  3. Bob,

    No, I did not. How very interesting. And thank you for making my day complete. Or as my grandfather used to say, “You learn something new every day . . . or you should if you’re doing things right.”

  4. “2) The preamble may not be law, but it sure is a good idea.”

    Did you know the original draft was addressed solely to the states?

  5. Bob,

    1) Yep. No argument there.

    2) The preamble may not be law, but it sure is a good idea.

    3 & 4) Most assuredly.

  6. Buddha,

    Coming back to earth…

    1) The public simply hasn’t been pressured enough to grow a set of balls and prosecute the Bush administration.

    2) The preamble, as you know, is not Law.

    3) Even if the preamble was law, it wouldn’t apply to Israel

    4) Israel is never held accountable for anything.

  7. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Both the U.N. and A.I. looking to hold Israel responsible for atrocities, our own allies looking to hold the Bush Administration (and soon the Obama Administration) accountable for their war crimes, a growing and increasingly agitated majority of the U.S. population who wants war crimes and their instigators in the WH and enablers at DOJ held responsible . . . exactly how long does Obama think we as a country can resist the international and domestic pressure for war crimes trials? How long before something critical breaks that is.


    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    Justice for ALL or justice for NONE. You risk the general welfare, common defense, domestic tranquility and the blessings of liberty and posterity every day you delay putting Cheney in prison orange and shutting down the corporations behind him. And I’m talking to you, President Equivocator. Did I mention you risk your second term too? Don’t take it as a given that you’ll have one, Obama. We the People have had enough of people who hold positions of responsibility talking out of both sides of their mouth. About 8 years of enough.

    Unlike Bush, you’re a smart guy.

    Learn the lesson.

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