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LA Times: More Unverified "War Crimes"

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Many allegations and accusations, including "war crimes", have been leveled at Israel as a result of its Gaza operation.

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Saturday February 21, 2009, 9:32 pm
"Importantly, he also states that "It is impossible to fully confirm many of the details of what happened here." Indeed, many of the most egregious charges against Israel, subsequently proven to be false, have come from so-called Palestinian "eyewitnesses" or officials with a vested interest in attacking Israel. (See HR's Big Lies interactive feature for some of the worst cases.)

So is it any wonder that Khalil's report is not necessarily an open and shut case?

Khalil states that "Under cover of darkness and phosphorus smoke, ground forces took up positions throughout the neighborhood". At the same time as implying that Israel has deployed phosphorus shells against Gaza's civilian population, Khalil, whether intentionally or not, makes it clear that the phosphorus has been used in the way in which the IDF intended - providing a smokescreen to protect its troops. Khalil cannot have it both ways by accusing Israel of a "war crime" at the same time as describing its use in a perfectly lawful way."

The charges can't be confirmed; however, in the minds of many, they will be accepted as gospel.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 10:33 pm
Exactly Lindsey - accept the word of known terrorist, because that's real smart. They certainly have only everything to hide and yet much to gain from the lies. The white phosphorus was used as it should be used, no war crime there. The children and non combatants were allowed and guaranteed safe passage before the fighting and according some that were there - were not allowed to leave. That is the real war crime.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 11:43 am
If we read between the lines, we find that the real war crimes were committed by Hamas. They do what terrorists do, they lie and kill. There will be no peace there until Hamas is stamped out. That is the first step to having normal lives in that area, if they even want normal lives. Why did Palestinians vote in a terrorist group as their government? It seems they wouldn't do that if they wanted peaceful lives. They'll reap what they sow.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 12:57 pm
But if there is an unsubstantiated allegation against made Israel or a Palestinian official releases details then they must be true. Surely such people are examples of probity?

Sorry, having trouble keeping a straight face!

Stan B (123)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 3:03 pm
We live in a world of double standards where the Israel haters will try to justify their propaganda through any devious source they can lay their hands on and will never recant, even when proven wrong.
I wonder how many of them were bombarding these Care2 threads when Israeli kids got blown up waiting to buy a pizza.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 5:42 pm
Thanks for the post Lynne...

Kit, Kit, Kit..."The white phosphorus was used as it should be used"...

Have you checked in with reality yet?...(Amnesty International, on the ground following the massacre verifies the misuse, and not alone)...Unless of course you consider using it to kill and maim people is ok...War crime is ok?...

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2009, 7:39 am
David, Amnesty Internation spoke too soon - after their own investigation they OK'ed the use: it is just for lightening the area. Try to udnerstand: It is hard to shoot Hamas terrorists in the dark without risking hitting people around. That's a war!
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