Monday, April 06, 2015
More Israeli War Crimes ... Does It Matter?
Israel has once again committed war crimes in Gaza, in the summer of 2014. If there is ever any investigation, I am sure that the investigative team will also find Hamas guilty of war crimes as well, just as they did in 2008-2009 during Operation Cast Lead.
The key difference will be, once again, the effectiveness of the Israeli killing machine versus the dreadful tactic of sending homemade missiles into Israel with no hope of doing any physical or mortal damage, the only wounds being inflicted on the morale of the Israeli public diving into bomb shelters for "rockets" that cannot do any harm.
At the end of last summer's crisis, Israel killed around 2,500 Palestinians, and this go around, Hamas soldiers killed around 70 Israeli soldiers. Of the Palestinian dead, about 1800 were civilian, with another multiple hundred of children killed.
Once again, Israel bombed schools, hospitals, and UN shelters, claiming that Hamas militants were "hiding" among the civilians. Since the Palestinians have no army, no navy, no air force, no marines, no coast guard, no helicopters, no assault jets, no white phosphorus munitions, and no US weapons, I guess they were hiding with the civilians since they were civilians, trying to defend their people against an overly militant, racist, terrorist state with the blessing of the world's sole superpower.
How many of you watched the kids gunned downed by Israeli Navy warships while the kids played soccer on the beach? How many of you saw the broadcast of the journalist overlooking the beach as the claim was made that when the kids ran away, after the first shell struck, that the Israeli gun turrets re-targeted the kids running away from the shelling?
Sadly, episodes like this get lost in the large-scale Israeli denials of their egregious contraventions of international law and get ultimately lost when US media report that "Israel was fighting against terrorism".