Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Does Anyone Care That Hamas Is Now Using Phosphorus Bombs?

The Goldstone Commission was concerned about how phosphorus bombs were used during Operation Cast Lead--but that was only because Israel was using them, even though they were used for the smoke and not for the damage it can cause.

Hamas was also using phosphorus bombs during that very same time. On January 14, 2009, Haaretz reported: For the first time, Gaza militants fire phosphorus shell at Israel:
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired their first phosphorus shell into Israel, which exploded in an open area in the Eshkol area in the western Negev.

No injuries or damage were reported.

The phosphorus shell came as Gaza militants fired at least 16 rockets at southern Israel throughout the day Wednesday, causing no casualties.

White phosphorus is not considered a chemical weapon. Militaries are permitted under laws of warfare to use it in artillery shells, bombs and rockets to create smoke screens to hide troop movements as well as bright bursts in the air to illuminate battlefields at night.

However, the substance can cause serious burns if it touches the skin and can spark fires on the ground.

Human Rights Watch on Sunday accused Israel of firing artillery shells packed with white phosphorus over populated areas of Gaza during recent fighting, including a crowded refugee camp, putting civilians at risk.

Israel maintains that it uses munitions in complete accordance with international law.
Now it looks that Hamas, which has not got around to responding to the Goldstone Report, is at it again. Elder of Ziyon points out this report from YnetNews:
At least two of the nine mortar shells fired Wednesday into Eshkol Regional Council were phosphorus bombs, police confirmed after initially declining the corroborate a claim made by the area's security officer.

Police sappers examined and identified the two phosphorus bombs. ...Police said that this is not the first time phosphorus bombs have been fired from Gaza.
Instead of waiting for worldwide condemnation of Hamas for war crimes, Israel struck back at Gaza--targeting smuggling tunnels. One Gazan Arab was killed.

Considering that the increase of goods let in by Israel is making those tunnels less profitable, maybe Israel should look into other targets--targets that might get more of a response out of the Arabs of Gaza and put more pressure on Hamas.

My suggestion:

Hey, Gaza--nice resorts you have there.
Shame if something should happen to them

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1 comment:

NormanF said...

Israel might start by destroying infrastructure for the Hamas ruling class - to drive home the message that if Israeli Jews are not allowed to live peaceful, normal lives, the Hamas ruling class will not be allowed to have their creature comforts.

In other words, Hamas should no longer be allowed to have its cake and eat it, too. Its time to change the rules in response to the renewed Hamas aggression from Gaza.