A Report by Amnesty International
The Jewish Military Operation "Cast Lead" in Gaza
After the ICRC rescued the injured on 7 January the army bulldozed the house on top of the bodies of the dead, which the ICRC had had to leave behind because it had not been allowed to bring vehicles close enough to carry them away.|
When AI delegates visited the area on 18 January, the first day of the ceasefire, surviving members of the family were digging and pulling out the bodies of their dead relatives, most of them children or elderly men and women, from under the rubble of the house, which had been subsequently brought down on top of the bodies by Jewish soldiers.
A direct line of fire was established to the location where the Israeli tanks had been stationed.|
In spite of incontrovertible evidence that the attack had been launched by Israeli tanks, Jewish army sources alleged in the media that Dr Abu al-‘Aish’s house might have been struck by a Palestinian rocket and that Palestinian snipers had been firing from the house.35
Most of the cases investigated by AI of close-range shootings involve individuals, including children and women, who were shot at as they were fleeing their homes in search of shelter. Others were going about their daily activities. The evidence indicates that none could have reasonably been perceived as a threat to the soldiers who shot them, and that there was no fighting going on in their vicinity when they were shot. Wilful killings of unarmed civilians are war crimes.
"After Sabah’s house was shelled I ran over there. She was on fire and was holding her baby girl Shahed, who was completely burned. Her husband and some of the children were dead and others were burning. Ambulances could not come because the area was surrounded by the Israeli army.
|"The evening before, on 12 January, at about 11pm, there was shelling nearby and nobody dared to go out. The shelling caused fires and now we know it was white phosphorus which caused the fire but at the time we did not know this. Then after a while people called to say that one of the fires was very near our house and my mother went out to put out the fire; she took a white flag to show that she was not a threat if there were soldiers in the area. She put out the fire and then came back inside. There was more shelling and then towards morning we heard bulldozers. At dawn we went up on the roof with white flags so soldiers would know that there were people in the houses. My mother told the neighbours to do the same.|
My mother turned her head to talk to the neighbours, telling them not to be afraid and at that moment she was shot in the head, on the left side, and the bullet went through and out from the right side. She fell, and Yasmine tried to help her she was also shot in the leg. Everybody ran back. Nobody could go to help my mother or to recover her body and she lay there on the road till the evening, when the soldiers left."|
Yasmine al-Najjar, aged 23, told AI that she was standing next to Rawhiya when she was shot and had seen an Israeli soldier in a nearby house. She was also herself shot in her right leg, as she tried to rescue Rawhiya. She had fled her home that morning at about 6.30am, when Israeli army bulldozers started to demolish it.
We stood still outside the door waiting for the soldiers to tell us or signal to us what to do next. Two soldiers stood outside the tank in our garden, eating chips and chocolate and ignored us. We stood still for several minutes. Then suddenly a soldier emerged from the middle of the tank. He was out of the tank from the waist up, and he took aim at us and shot many bullets. My daughter Amal had nine bullets in the chest area. She was holding a teddy bear against her chest and it got ripped by the bullets, my daughter Souad got some 11 or 12 bullets also in the chest area, and my daughter Samar got several bullets in the chest and tummy, and my mother was shot in the arm and buttock.|
We ran back into the house and stayed lying on the floor for two hours. There was shooting outside. Then my father went out and the family followed and a soldier by the tank signalled to us to leave. He didn’t say anything, and just motioned to us to go. As we were leaving the soldiers were shooting around us. We walked for almost 2km, carrying my daughters and my mother. When got to the intersection with Salaheddine Road (Duwar Zemmo) a man with a horse cart who I later learned was called Adham Meqbel stopped to help us, but soldiers shot and killed him and the horse. Amal and Souad were dead, and we took Samar to Kamal ‘Adwan hospital, which was the nearest hospital, and she was later moved to the main Shifa hospital and then to Cairo and from there on to Belgium.
She is completely paralyzed. She is the only daughter I have left and I have not seen her since that day. My wife is now with her in the hospital in Belgium."
If you have a grenade or metal fragment amputation, it will be more like that from a hatchet or an ax that cut through bone and the muscle.|
But what we see in these suspected DIME amputations is that the whole limb is crushed in a way that must suggest some sort of immense power that has hit the lower part of the body.
Homes, schools, medical facilities and UN buildings – all civilian objects – took direct hits.|
White phosphorus is a weapon intended primarily as an obscurant to provide cover for troop movements on the battlefield. It does so by releasing a thick white smoke as it burns. It can also be used to mark targets, to "trace" the path of bullets, and as an incendiary weapon.41
Until Operation "Cast Lead" the Israeli army had stopped firing artillery into Gaza after a gruesome incident ion 2006 in which 18 members of a family were killed in their homes by a barrage of artillery shells that struck several houses.42|
White phosphorus is extremely dangerous for humans as it causes deep burns through muscle and down to the bone, continuing to burn until deprived of oxygen. It can contaminate other parts of the body, or even people treating the injuries, poisoning and irreparably damaging internal organs. Burn victims suffering a relatively small percentage of burns – 10 to 20 per cent – who would normally survive, often die if the burns are from white phosphorus.
"Everything caught fire. My husband and four of my children burned alive in front of my eyes; my baby girl, Shahed, my only girl, melted in my arms. How can a mother have to see her children burn alive? I couldn’t save them, I couldn’t help them. I was on fire. Now I am still burning all over, I am in pain day and night; I am suffering terribly."
White phosphorus continued to be used until the last day of Operation "Cast Lead", on 17 January 2009. On that day a white phosphorus artillery shell exploded at about 6am in an UNRWA primary school in Beit Lahia, where more than 1,500 people were sheltering. Two children, Muhammad al-Ashqar and his brother Bilal, aged five and seven respectively, were killed in the classroom where they were sleeping with their parents, siblings and some 30 other relatives, several of whom were injured. The children’s mother, 28-year-old Anjud, sustained serious injuries to the head and other parts of the body. Her right hand had to be amputated. The children’s 18-year-old cousin Mona lost her left leg in the attack.
In the morning of 15 January 2009 several white phosphorus and high-explosive artillery shells struck the UNRWA headquarters in the centre of Gaza City, causing fires which destroyed dozens of tons of desperately needed humanitarian aid and medicines, as well as the workshops and warehouses. Several vehicles were also damaged. A UN worker and two civilians who had taken refuge in the compound were injured.46|
Some 700 civilians resident in nearby buildings had fled their homes and taken refuge in the UNRWA compound earlier that morning, when Israeli forces had intensified the shelling of the area. A worse disaster was only avoided thanks to the courage of UNRWA staff, who drove the vehicles out of the compound under fire and thus managed to prevent the vehicles full of fuel from catching fire and exploding.
Jodie Clark, an UNRWA staff member, told AI: "White phosphorus landed all over the area where the trucks and fuel tankers were parked, full of fuel. We tried to put out the fire but we couldn’t; the fire extinguisher did not tame the fire at all. Some of the burning lumps white phosphorus were right underneath the vehicles; there was a great danger that it would cause the fuel tanker to explode. I dragged the burning lump from under the tanker with a stick and we tried to drive the vehicles out of the compound as fast as we could."
Furthermore, even after the disastrous consequences of this and other attacks were documented, Jewish forces continued to launch such attacks in areas full of civilians.|
Al-Quds hospital, located in the Tal al-Hawa neighbour-hood in the centre of Gaza City, was repeatedly struck from morning to night on 15 January by white phosphorus lumps, white phosphorus artillery shells and tank shells, eventually forcing medical staff and patients to evacuate the facility. At the time, some 50 patients were receiving treatment at the hospital and about 500 local residents had sought shelter there from the bombardments and shelling in the area.
The two top floors of the main hospital building and the administration building were destroyed by fire caused by white phosphorus. The hospital pharmacy was struck by at least one tank shell. Attempts by doctors and other hospital personnel, including visiting foreign doctors, to put out the fire with buckets of water and fire extinguishers proved ineffective. Fire-fighters and civil defence vehicles could not reach the hospital for more than an hour.
On 8 January, confronted with photographs of 155mm white phosphorus artillery shells, easily recognizable by their light blue-green colour and serial markings, being loaded by Israeli soldiers at the firing points on the Israeli-Gaza border, an Israeli army spokeswoman told the UK newspaper The Times: "This is what we call a quiet shell – it is empty, it has no explosives and no white phosphorus. There is nothing inside it."53|
It is inconceivable that officials at all levels of the Israeli army did not know that white phosphorus had been used and was being used. Even in the unlikely event that they had not been informed, there was ample TV footage of white phosphorus artillery shells being airbursted over Gaza.
The Jewish army and authorities continued to deny that their forces were using white phosphorus even when it was clear that civilians were being killed and injured by the substance and that victims were not receiving the necessary treatment because doctors in Gaza did not know what had caused the burns and how to treat them.
A series of Israeli mortar strikes in the vicinity of a UNRWA school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the afternoon of 6 January 2009 killed more than 30 civilians, including local residents and people who had fled their homes and were sheltering in the school.56 Among the victims were 11 members of the Deeb family, including five children and four women, who were killed in their yard.
Colonel Olivier Rafawitz, an army spokesman, repeated the allegation and added that the UN school was seemingly booby-trapped,59 and a Defence Ministry official said that "booby-trapped bombs in the school had triggered secondary explosions that killed additional Palestinians there".60|
In fact there had been no Israeli strike on the UNRWA school, or any Palestinians firing rockets from inside the school, or any fatalities – neither of civilians nor of militants – inside the school. Regarding the two Palestinians named by the Israeli army as the members of the Hamas rocket-launching cells killed inside the school, ‘Imad and Hassan Abu Askar, ‘Imad turned out to be a 13-year-old schoolboy who was among those killed in the street outside the school, while the identity of the second was unclear given that there is no one named Hassan in the family.61
Later, the Jewish army offered several different accounts of the incident, dropping the claim that rockets had been fired from inside the school. On 11 January the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted a "preliminary investigation" conducted by the Paratrooper Brigade, whose troops were responsible for the area. According to this, militants had launched a Qassam rocket into Israel from within a yard adjacent to the courtyard of the UNRWA school and Israeli forces targeted them with mortar shells equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) which has an error margin of 30m; one of the three rounds fired by the Paratrooper Brigade slammed into the UNRWA building, while the other two rounds hit the adjacent yard and killed Hamas gunmen "who probably belonged to the squad that fired the rockets".62
It also claimed that "a cell of five terror operatives and seven civilians outside the school grounds were hit".|
However, the army has not provided the names of the 12 people (the five gunmen and seven civilians) it says were the only casualties of the attack.
This version, too, contains a number of inaccuracies and raises more questions than it answers. Firstly, contrary to the army’s assertion that a total of 12 people were hit, at least 30 people, most of them civilians, were killed and dozens of others were injured. Secondly, mortars are notoriously imprecise. They offer a very low probability of striking a precise target, carry a high risk of off-target strikes and should never be used in a densely populated area. Thirdly, by using mortars in such a crowded area – much more crowded than usual because of the large number of civilians who had taken refuge at the UNRWA school – Israeli forces would have known that they were likely to kill and maim civilians.
Between 6 January and 22 April 2009 Israeli officials repeatedly spread inaccurate information. Israeli army spokesmen continued to claim that Hamas gunmen had fired rockets, and taken over and booby-trapped the UNRWA school where hundreds of civilians were sheltering.
Then we heard shelling, followed by screaming. We turned back, towards the door. As we got to the door, we were hit.|
Wafa’ fell on the steps. There was blood everywhere." X-rays show that Wafa’s husband still has a flechette lodged in his back, which doctors cannot remove because it is so near his spinal cord they fear performing such an operation on him could result in him being paralysed.
We parked the two ambulances next to a house, left the lights flashing and me and the other driver waited by the ambulances while Anas, Yaser and Raf’at went to pick up the injured.|
A child was on the dirt road indicating to them where the injured men were lying. As our three colleagues got near the child, a missile hit and then another. They were all killed, our three colleagues and the child; pieces of their bodies flew about. Then missiles were fired near the ambulances and we could not go to pick up their bodies and had to drive away without them; we had to leave our dead."
"After [the missile strike] we could not go near to where his body lay. The day after I crawled to the place and I found my child’s body with no legs and I carried him to an ambulance a long way away because nobody could come near there. No ambulance could come to pick up the bodies; the ambulances that tried were fired at. After two days an ambulance finally came, accompanied by a foreign woman, and they took the bodies."
|Ahmad Abdel Bari Abu Foul, went up the stairs, both wearing red fluorescent medical jackets. They found two dead women, Ferial and Ayat Kamal al-Banna, and a wounded man, Mustapha Jum’a al-Basha. They placed him on the stretcher and began to descend the stairs. The stairs of the buildings were well lit by a window running down the length of the building. A shell or missile struck Dr. Saleh, cutting off his head, which fell on paramedic Ahmad Abu Foul, who was a few steps below holding the other end of the stretcher. He was injured by shrapnel from the shell. The wounded man on the stretcher was killed.|
|The evidence indicates that Jewish attacks on ambulance crews and others who were attempting to evacuate the wounded were deliberate and recurred throughout Operation "Cast Lead" and throughout the Gaza Strip. These attacks violated all international humanitarian law, which affords special protection to the sick and wounded and to medical personnel and facilities. More specifically, intentionally directing attacks against medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions is a war crime.|
At about 1.15am – almost 12 hours after the three men had been wounded – the NGO again contacted the father, who reported that his second son, Ibrahim, had died shortly before, after losing a large quantity of blood. His injury was not very serious but he bled to death.|
Having been forced to watch his two sons bleed to death, and himself injured, Muhammad had to spend the rest of the night and the following morning in his car, unable to move and unable to receive any help. An ambulance was eventually allowed to rescue Muhammad and collect the bodies of his two sons at 12pm the following day – some 22 hours after they had been shot. Throughout this time the soldiers stationed in the nearby house neither assisted the wounded men nor allowed them to receive assistance or to move. They failed to respond to repeated pleas for help and communicated with threats to shoot them if they moved.
The Jewish Holocaust Against Palestine
This is a set of 5 articles, dealing with the tragedy in Palestine today. It is an attempt, hopefully not in vain, to bring these events to the attention of more of the world. The inhumanity of the Jews' brutality and savage treatement of the Palestinians must be brought to consciousness in all countries, until the groundswell of public opinion cannot be ignored.|
It is not enough to put pressure on the Jews to cease their insane pogrom. Those who have perpetrated these atrocities must be brought to justice.
The first article is an introduction to the situation and some photo and other documentation of the Jewish atrocities being committed. The second is a photo-essay based on a United Nations Human Rights Report on the Jewish Operation Cast Lead, and a catalog of the atrocities committed by the Jews.
The final three articles are a photo-essay based on the a report by Amnesty International on the Jewish Operation Cast Lead, and a long listing of the atrocities committed by the Jews. Corresponding photos are introduced from a variety of sources to help document the savagery outlined in the text.
Israel's Genocide in Gaza - A Photoessay: Introduction: The Jewish Holocaust Against Palestine: Click Here
Israel's Genocide in Gaza - A Photoessay - Part 1: Exerpts from the UN Special Report on Jewish Human Rights Violations in Palestine: Click Here
Israel's Genocide in Gaza - A Photoessay - Part 2: A Report by Amnesty International on Operation "Cast Lead": Click Here
Israel's Genocide in Gaza - A Photoessay - Part 3: A Report by Amnesty International on Operation "Cast Lead": Click Here
Israel's Genocide in Gaza - A Photoessay - Part 4: A Report by Amnesty International on Operation "Cast Lead": Click Here
As a companion piece to this Multi-Part article, you may care to read the 3-Part series titled: "Israel's War on Children".|
The documentation and disturbingly graphic photos of children shot in the head - deliberately - by Jewish soldiers, of small children burned to a crisp by white phosphorus munitions, are enough to sicken anyone with an ounce of humanity.
Part 1: Israel's War on Children - Murdering Children for Sport:.
Part 2: Israel's War on Children -Brutal Interrogation of Young Palestinians:.
Part 3: Israel's War on Children -In Gaza, the Schools are Dying Too:.
||"Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories".|
||"UN Report on the Middle East Peace Process"|
||"Operation "Jewish Violations of International Law on Gaza Ship Attack".|
||"Palestine's Harvest Horror":|
||"Without Water, There is No Life":|