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Doctors Report Israel Using DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) Weapons in Gaza

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Doctors in Gaza report Israel is using DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosives) in Gaza. This blast is so strong it rips flesh from bone without any sign of metal fragments. Please pray that Israel stop causing further civilian casualties and peace talks begin

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Kathy W (299)
Friday January 16, 2009, 1:00 am
This is just horrid! I do pray this insanity ends and peace talks begin soon! Far to many are hurt, suffering and dying!
Thank you Gregory.

charles mclachlan (1677)
Friday January 16, 2009, 1:13 am
hi noted, thanks gregory yes there using far to much of everything what a a terible crime they are commiting on those inocent souls of palistine again sancioned by war monger g w bush the evil dictator.

Peace Monger (185)
Friday January 16, 2009, 1:45 am
ENOUGH! The use of such destructive force is NOT tolerable! We, as a race cannot allow others to be subjected to this type of weapon! The bombing using white phosphorous is beyond all rules of engagement in this situation, adding the use of DIME goes beyond 'the right to defend itself' against homemade bombs.
Where are the leaders of world govt? Why do they allow such atrocities to be used against the people of Palestine?
This is clearly an abuse of reasonable force.
I would be as outraged if these types of weaponry were being used against the Israeli people; or anyone for that matter!
Stop the madness, stop the needless killing. Bring level thinking to the peace table NOW!

You know there really is still a chance for peace and that chance will definitely increase if we each do our piece. So let’s make peace -- in our homes, in our own hearts, in our relationships, in our communities, in all of our dealings and in the world. Peace be with us all.

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday January 16, 2009, 4:39 am
TY Gregory for this article, I pray everyday for "Peace" in this world, along with all the people that are the victims of war. Noted/w hope for the future of mankind.

Like I have said all along, "Spread the love, not the hate". There is no reason for these attacks on innocent people using destructive forces, they are so wrong! Do we really want to wipe out the human race? I think not.

I agree with Kim, "All we are saying, is "Give peace a chance"{John Lennon}
All excellent points my friend Kim.

Walk in peace,

Marion Y (322)
Friday January 16, 2009, 8:18 am
Thank you for posting this news, Gregory. Israeli supporters at Care2 are denying the use of these chemical weapons being used on civilians in Gaza.

However, white phosphorus IS being used by the Israelis, along with DIME. By denying what doctors on the scene from other countries are saying contributes to why Israel and its supporters have lost credibility.

White Phosphorous and Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME): Is Israel Using Banned and Experimental Munitions in Gaza?

Dr. Gilbert is just back from Gaza. From the video: DIME causes crushing like amputations of lower limbs and severe burns...Some have suggested DIME is a nuclear weapon...DIME developed by US...originally developed to save lives, but is doing the opposite in Gaza...unsubstantiated rumors, but US may be implicated along with Israel for war crimes...It is really, truly a scene from Dante’s Inferno.

On top of that, Israel is not allowing medical supplies including painkillers and antibiotics in to Gaza. The borders are blocked and the people of Gaza are locked inside with nowhere to run. When the Palestinians are hit with these chemical and warfare weapons, the suffering is unbearable, which causes even more deaths. These are clearly war crimes. And the US is implicated in these crimes for providing the $3 billion per year which most goes to the Israeli war machine, as well as providing DIME to them.

And Israel wonders why the world see the Palestinians as victims.

Shame, shame, shame on Israel and the US!!!


Laurie W (189)
Friday January 16, 2009, 9:39 am
Marion your last line says it all.
Thank you Gregory for posting...Another story noted that shows the arrogance of power seeking.

Darlene K (356)
Friday January 16, 2009, 1:52 pm
Amen, Kim....

I believe this war will not end without more deaths in more nations, along with the land of Israel. This has been going on decades, and the Palestinian strife has the Israeli's enemies of the Arab nations even more enraged now. Biological Chemical Warfare has been going on for years, and it will be used moreso now, to avoid the Nuclear option. This will come to the soil of the U.S. and the entire land of Israel. Like I said in another post, I'd rather be nuked. The land of Israel can NOT be destroyed. The massive negative effects of this war is rippling out even stronger throughout the globe.

Hamas is violent, but not stupid. They knew that they can't beat Israel, especially with the U.S. arming and supporting them. There is a MUCH BIGGER picture here......

The world is watching a culture of people who have been in a blockade without food, supplies and medical care.., and are now being slaughtered. Two wrongs don't make it right. Peace will come to this Earth, when ALL want it.

Thank you Marion for your links and information. I hope everyone is pounding their Congress people's phones and emails with demands for our nation to stop this from continuing and stop helping it.

Focus with strong intent of positive energy that Israel is surrounded by the power of LOVE, for each other and ALL life. Much Love to all...namaste, dar

Elderberry T (201)
Friday January 16, 2009, 3:59 pm
Thank you Gregory for this...Dr Gilbert has been the victim of a Foxnews smear campaign since.....wonder why, too much truth?

David Gould (155)
Friday January 16, 2009, 5:22 pm
Peace is no longer just a wish it is a necessecity.

Israel can never hold up its head again after this demonstration of its utter contempt of all international law. It has joined the axis of evil and become a terrorist state by its own their fruit will you know them.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 16, 2009, 6:49 pm
Heres an extract from Wikipedia about DIME:

Upon detonation of the explosive, the casing disintegrates into extremely small particles, as opposed to the shrapnel which results from the fragmentation of a metal shell casing. The HMTA powder acts as micro-shrapnel which is very lethal at close range (about 4 meters or 13 feet), but loses momentum very quickly due to air resistance, coming to a halt within approximately 40 times the diameter of the charge. This increases the probability of killing people within a few meters of the explosion while reducing the probability of causing death and injuries or damage farther away. Survivors close to the lethal zone may have their limbs amputated (as the micro shrapnel can slice through soft tissue and bone) and may subsequently contract cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma) from the HMTA micro-shrapnel embedded in their body tissue.[3]

[edit] Toxic/carcinogenic effects
The carcinogenic effects of heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTA) have been studied by the U.S. Armed Forces since at least 2000 (along with depleted uranium (DU)). These alloys were found to cause neoplastic transformations of human osteoblast cells.[4]

A more recent U.S. Department of Health study in 2005 found that HMTA shrapnel rapidly induces rhabdomyosarcoma cancers in rats.[5]

The tungsten alloy carcinogenicity may be most closely related to the nickel content of the alloys used in weapons to date. However, pure tungsten and tungsten trioxide are also suspected of causing cancer and other toxic properties, and have been shown to have such effects in animal studies.[6]

DIME wounds are considered to be untreatable because the metal is delivered in the form of a fine powder rather than larger chunks of metal that could be removed with surgery.[7]

[edit] Reported use
The Christian Science Monitor reported on January 14, 2009, that evidence indicates that DIME shells are being used by Israel in the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict; also reported is the use of white phosphorus shells.[8]

As reported in the French national newspaper Le Monde, according to a team of journalists from the Italian State radio-television RAI, DIME-type bombs were being used in the Gaza Strip by the IDF against Palestinians during July/August 2006. The investigation was performed by analysing samples of metals found in the victims' bodies and examining the unusual wounds.[9] Israel denied possessing or using such weapons.[10]

Since at least Agent Orange using war as an opportunity to experiment for the "war Trade" is nothing new!.Uranium traces begin to look trivial slowly but surely it seems!.

Marion Y (322)
Friday January 16, 2009, 7:21 pm
Thank you, Michael O. DIME is some horribly lethal stuff. This is truly sad that the victim (Israel) has become the monster.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 16, 2009, 7:57 pm
Yes sad very sad indeed.The Jewish people have suffered so much for so long that you would have thought just that would prevent them from causing or reducing civilian suffering to a absolute minimum and enhance a stronger alliance and relationship to humanitarianism."Forgive but not forget".

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday January 17, 2009, 3:52 am

I share all your views.

I found out about the horrifying DIME from Amy Goodman's interview with the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert and it made me sick to death.

I've posted on the smear campaign that targets him: Fox Smear Campaign Targets Pro-Palestinian Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert In Attempt To Discredit His Reports of Gaza Carnage

Dr. Gilbert has become a target, because mainstream media have given him a voice, a platform to report what he has seen and what Gaza's population is undergoing. He has been quoted in The Times of London, the BBC, CBS, Sky News. He has succeeded in letting the world know that Israel is waging war against a civilian population. This goes against Israeli propaganda, which says that the bombs can distinguish betwee Hamas combatants and civilians.

But we know that this isn't true, as in the case of the attack on the UN's relief agency, Unrwa, whose director of operations, Mr Ging, said that "an hour (after a first wave of attacks), IN SPITE OF our PROTESTS and REAL-TIME discussions with the Israeli liaison, three rounds that emitted phosphorous struck the other corner of the compound."

Other doctors on the ground are reporting the same situation, that the wounded and dead are overwhelmingly civilians. One is the president of the small French NGO 'Help Doctors,' Dr Régis Garrigue, who was on our TV evening news here in France on Thursday, reporting live from Gaza, where his team of three had spent their first day in the emergency wards of 2 hospitals (they had to evacuate the first one because it was attacked), & made an forceful, impassioned plea to end a totally unacceptable humanitarian disaster NOW. He said he'd spent the day retrieving dead children and amputated women; that those who do not die from the bombardments will die from lack of antibiotics -- wounds are rotting, putrefying, with the risk of ; there are no more bandages at Shifa Hospital -- no morphine, no painkillers, when so many of the injuries are amputations; that there is no food, the population (including medical personnel) is starving; that the 3-month-old babies he's seen are really not combatants; that all the windows have been blown out at the hospital & with every bombardment the building shakes and heaves, he himself had been knocked down by one; that the violence of the Israeli attacks make it nearly impossible to carry on with humanitarian work.

No one has yet accused this French doctor of being a Marxist or a terrorist, surely because his statements have not been translated into English where they could reach US and UK opinion !

If you understand French, you can hear one of the statements he made to the media, this one on the Le Figaro newspaper site (to a backdrop of still shots of medical emergencies & destruction)

Please let your members of Congress know what you think:
Please send a message to President Bush and Your Reps/Senators in Congress, urging them to support an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and an end to the economic blockade of Gaza, using the provided letter that you can edit or add to

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday January 17, 2009, 3:57 am
Oops, forgot the link: Write Congress Now to Save Lives in Gaza

Bob F (10)
Saturday January 17, 2009, 5:52 pm
Its war people. And that means killing at its finest.Just because its not FAIR? You die in war. Everyone dies. War is not fair. But death dont care.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 17, 2009, 6:32 pm
War shouldnt be a playground for "Frankenstein and Co" to experiment and try out their new sadistical toys and least of all when civilians are bound to"get in the way"or not!?.But yes I guess though mankind can play golf on the moon our Cro Magnon genes still often reduce us to bashing each others brains out with clubs for the next best cave!.Bob with your atitude why not then just drop a Atomic bomb on the Gaza strip and end the problem in one go?.I mean its war isnt it and people die right,war isnt fair is it?.Amen.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday February 13, 2009, 1:02 am
Israeli propaganda (defense & justification for the latest assault on Gaza; years of destruction of Palestinian homes & livelihoods -farms, olive trees, etc. - and lives; the siege of Gaza) is becoming less convincing and having less effect than ever before-- a shift in US policy is in the makings: no more 'blank check' unconditional support !

Hampshire College Becomes First U.S. College To Divest From Israel

The Global BDS Movement (BDS meaning Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) just reported that Hampshire College in Massachusetts has become the first college in the U.S. to divest from companies that support Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, now lasting over 41 years. During that time, numerous American, European, and Asiatic companies have directly supported the occupation/colonialism by selling Israel the implements of ethnic cleansing and settlement building and expansion. The most notorious of these companies is probably Caterpillar, whose bulldozers have been responsible for the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, farms, and orchards.

Btw--Craig and Cindy Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American peace activist who was bulldozed, crushed & killed by a Caterpillar driven by an Israeli soldier in 2003, while she attempted to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza, back the boycott.

Mr and Mrs Corrie announced last month [April 14, 2005] that they are suing Caterpillar for violating the Geneva Convention and American torture laws in allowing its equipment to be used against the Palestinian people and their homes. The Caterpillar boycott is backed by more than 20 campaign groups and charities. They claim that more than 50,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by the Israeli army's use of Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers in the last four years. (

Democracy Now!'s short version names all the US companies:
The Board of Trustees at Hampshire College has agreed to divest from six companies because of their involvement in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Hampshire is believed to be the first U.S. college or university to divest from companies tied to the Israeli military. The companies are Caterpillar, United Technologies, General Electric, ITT Corporation, Motorola, and Terex. The Board agreed to the divestment following a two-year campaign by the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine. 32 years ago Hampshire College became the first school to divest from apartheid South Africa.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 13, 2009, 2:09 am
Noted Alba.
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