Gaza Strip, a testing ground for new US-Israeli weapon systems!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
Gaza strip has been the victim of Zionist fascist attacks. By expansionist terror attacks on Gaza populations, killing innocent civilians, including children, Israel aspires more than simply controlling Palestine territories: it aims to pre-empt the ability of Fatah government in West bank and Hamas government in Gaza reconcile to establish a sovereign state. All its military actions are meant to essentially keep Palestine a subordinate nation. Gaza Strip has been a testing ground for experimental cluster weapons developed by Israel with US assistance.
Reports suggest that Israel had received a green light from the US military to treat populated Gaza Strip as a testing ground for their new weapon systems. Concerns about Israel’s use of non-conventional and experimental weapons in the Gaza Strip are growing. The Israeli army maintains that it is using only weapons authorized in international law, though human rights groups have severely criticized Israel for firing phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza. Hospitals across the Gaza Strip received patients with burns that are so extreme, the patients’ tissue and muscles have been destroyed.
Shielded by the joint veto prowess USA and Europe, Israel has taken it its prerogative to attack at will Palestinians, unmindful of any punitive measures for its crimes against humanity. So far, Israel has been successful in keeping Palestinians under perpetual siege terror techniques children. Last year, the bold Israeli military went beyond the usual attack practices of targeting civilians by showering cluster bombs, in order to quench its blood thirst by killing, like jungle wild beasts, even children.
The Israeli slaughter house has committed war crimes 24/7 since it infested the Middle East with its cancerous tentacles. Israel started its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. The offensive ended on August 26, 2014, with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Over 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day Zionist criminal onslaught. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also injured. Palestinians are still removing massive piles of wreckage and debris, much as people do following an earthquake. High-profile human rights organizations like Amnesty International are accusing Israel of war crimes.
However, testimonies provided by more than 60 Israeli soldiers who fought in last summer’s war in Gaza Strip have raised serious questions over whether Israel’s tactics breached its obligations under international law to distinguish and protect civilians. The entry of six reinforced brigades into Gaza before Israeli military began its terror attack on 17 July last year shows the Gaza massacre was pre planned.
The Entire Operation Protective Edge was a Crime against Humanity. Very much like USA, Israel also puts forward a false threat perception to attack the Palestinians. Ahead of the conflict – in which 34,000 shells were fired into Gaza, 19,000 of them explosive – artillery and air liaison officers had been supplied with a list of sensitive sites to which fire was not to be directed within clear limits of distance. These included hospitals and UN schools being used as refugee centres, even in areas where evacuation had been ordered.
The Zionist cowards invaded Gaza on the basis of a lie that Hamas had killed three boys. Israel just used the missing boys as a Lame-Ass Excuse to murder over 2100 Innocent people, including almost 600 Children. Israel is nothing but a mini Fourth Reich. And the scumbags in the District of Criminals help Israel keep the war crimes going.
The report further made a reference to Israel’s “refusal of access to humanitarian relief, the targeting of residential areas, operational healthcare facilities and transport, and life-sustaining civilian infrastructure” among the regime’s violations of international law. The Paris-based FIDH has presented the report to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority is planning to lodge its first case against the Tel Aviv regime’s crimes. In a report entitled “Trapped and Punished: The Gaza Civilian Population under Operation Protective Edge”, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) pointed to examples of indiscriminate and direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects, disproportionate use of force as well as deliberate attacks targeting medical services during the Israeli war on Gaza.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) utterly condemns the mass killing of civilians by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during its ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip. The scale of injuries indicates that IOF are using these unidentified incinerating bombs to target civilians across the Gaza Strip. A nongovernmental federation for human rights organizations says Israel perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity during its devastating military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip last summer. Even British Foreign Office minister Lord Mark Malloch-Brown called for an investigation into whether Israel used white phosphorous during its war on Gaza.
The rule of law requires proper investigation and inquiry but Israel rejects such investigations. Describing the rules that meant life and death in Gaza during the 50-day war – a conflict in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed – the interviews shed light for the first time on the doctrine informing the operation. Despite the insistence of Israeli leaders that it took all necessary precautions to protect civilians, the interviews suggest that while targeting the Palestine children an overarching priority was the minimization of Israeli military casualties even at the risk of Palestinian civilians being harmed.
While the Israel Defence Forces Military Advocate General’s office has launched investigations into a number of individual incidents of alleged wrongdoing, just for fun, the testimonies raise wider questions over policies under which the war was conducted. The testimonies are troubling insights into the Zionist criminal intention and crudest method. Testimonies describe how soldiers randomly shelled buildings either to no obvious military purpose or for revenge. How Israeli forces used artillery and mortars in Gaza has raised other concerns beyond either the rules of engagement or the actions of specific units.
Israeli regime views its crimes in Palestine as Zionist accomplishments. A Combat Intelligence Corps sergeant spoke about numbers: 2,000 dead and 11,000 wounded, half a million refugees, decade’s worth of destruction. Harm to lots of senior Hamas members and to their homes, to their families. These were stated as accomplishments so that no one would doubt that what Israeli military did during this period was meaningful. And in the end, despite the high number of civilian casualties, the debriefings treated the destruction as an accomplishment that would discourage Hamas in the future.
The testimonies raise questions whether Israel fully met its obligations to protect civilians in a conflict area from unnecessary harm, requiring it not only to distinguish between civilians and combatants but also ensure that when using force, where there is the risk of civilian harm, that it is “proportionate”. In at least one instance described by soldiers, being female did not help two women who were killed because one had a mobile phone. They were treated as terrorists.
Sovereignty in Gaza
Fatah-Hamas unity is the key to achieving sovereignty from Israeli yoke but both refuse to accept it as a precondition for establishing Palestine state. Disunity, however, helps the Israeli Military keep attacking Palestinians.
Palestinians, particularly those in Fatah, have been paralyzed by the belief that expanding the powers of Gaza will prejudice the chances of maintaining the unity of West Bank and Gaza. But the idea of the unity of Palestine has proven stronger than any territorial reality that has existed in the last six decades.
Israel aspires not simply to control Palestine, but to pre-empt its ability to establish a sovereign state. The West Bank is firmly in its grip, so much so that not a few Palestinians, including Abbas himself, wonder aloud why Palestinians would be better off simply handing the keys of the West Bank back to Israel.
The major concern about Gaza is that an expansion of Gaza’s sovereignty and economic revival under Hamas’ leadership would come at Palestine’s expense. Such a development, it is feared, would do just what Sharon intended – irrevocably split the destinies of the West Bank and Gaza.
In order to prolong occupational crimes in Palestine without retaliation from Gaza Strip where the elected Hamas party rules, Israel keeps announcing its intent for re-annexing Gaza.
Gaza is a single, contiguous tiny territory with de facto borders, recognised by UN, if not always respected, by Israel. Unlike in West Bank which is still under Zionist military occupation plus crimes, there are no permanently stationed foreign occupiers and, most importantly, no civilian Israeli settlements.
In the Gaza Strip the rules of war, not the laws of occupation prevail. Palestine, for the first time in its history, has its own army and security forces that represent “one gun, one authority” that fights and survives and that has won Israel’s grudging respect as a formidable enemy.
Palestine army in Gaza has convinced Israel in the old fashioned way that the destruction of a Palestinian power in the strip – and its reoccupation by Israel or the installation of a puppet Palestinian government by Israeli tanks – entails costs too high to pay, notwithstanding US backup for Zionist crimes against humanity.
There is no doubt that independence for the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is the sine qua non of any lasting agreement. The example of Gaza wielding some power to act in a sovereign manner and interacting with the international community offers a more inspirational and instructive example than the debilitating status quo on display in the West Bank, a predicament that no party has challenged effectively.
Israel and Hamas are now discussing implementation of understandings about Gaza’s future, reached after last summer’s war – at the centre of which are a tahdiya (period of calm) of long duration and the creation of a seaport in Gaza. This package reflects the increasingly compatible interests of both parties – an agreed upon period of quiet that provides security for both Israelis and Palestinians, that ends the siege and creates a foundation for Gaza’s much-needed economic revival.
A seaport and functional airport have long been a strategic national and economic objective of Palestine leaders in Gaza. Unlike Palestine’s land borders with Egypt and Israel, a seaport offers the real prospect of a gateway to the world far more independent of the suffocating power of neighbours determined to isolate and impoverish it.
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