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Former Israeli PM Ordered Targeting Densely Populated Areas in 2008 Gaza War (VIDEO)

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Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered the targeting of densely populated areas in the 2008 war on Gaza


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fly bird (26)
Saturday December 8, 2018, 8:46 am
Former Israeli PM Ordered Targeting Densely Populated Areas in 2008 Gaza War (VIDEO)

December 8, 2018

Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered the targeting of densely populated areas in the 2008 war on Gaza.

The revelation was made yesterday by Israeli newspaper Maariv, which reported that Barak had been frustrated by his failure to stop the firing of primitive Qassam rockets from the besieged Gaza Strip. In response, he ordered any location from which the rockets were fired to be hit with 155mm artillery shells, regardless of the population density and the destructive consequences of the proposed shelling. He made the remarks about six months prior to the start of Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’ offensive on Gaza in December 2008.

However, Barak’s order was denied by then Chief Military Advocate General Avichai Mandelblit, who told the prime minister:

“The order you want to be approved by the chief of staff is illegal”.

Mandelblit – who is now Israel’s Attorney General – stressed that Barak would be “defined as a war criminal” and could be “convicted by the International Court of Justice at The Hague” if he went through with the order.

Mandelblit suggested that though rockets could be fired from densely populated areas, this does not justify turning the civilian area into a military target.

He argued:

“The proportionality of the response must be examined in light of the danger posed by the source of the shooting, and it would be inconceivable to kill 100 civilians in a hospital in order to destroy one rocket launcher.”

In addition, Mandelblit said that it was necessary to “respond with weapons with high precision when it comes to a specific target, rather than responding with a shell which causes shrapnel to scatter in a very wide area,” stressing it was “very doubtful” that artillery shells would hit the target.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Sue H (7)
Saturday December 8, 2018, 8:51 am
Shame. :(

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 8, 2018, 12:24 pm
Israeli students denounce Barak
5 Jan 2011

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was caught unawares Tuesday night as a number of students made their way towards him during his speech in the University of Tel Aviv.

They shouted "Criminal" and "Child Killer" at the minister and, according to Israeli newspaper Maariv's Wednesday issue, one of the students told Barak "you speak of peace, you are a liar, failure, phoney. Work on achieving just peace and equality instead of practicing political prostitution with the right."

"The Hague awaits to charge you for your terrorism and for killing children in Gaza, you frighten your people, shame on you," he added.

Barak's guards and the campus security took the students out of the lecture hall after they were called names by the guests.

Shortly after that another student disrupted the lecture by approaching Barak while holding a picture of an infant killed in the war. Several people shouted for the removal of the students.

Barak spoke of the incident saying it was a regrettable and called the actions of the students "childish."

"I am the last person to feel obliged to make apologies to anyone," said Barak.

The lecture was part of a conference organized by the University of Tel Aviv to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and its implications for Israel.

A large number of high-ranking military and government officials from Israel and the US were attending as well as academics from Israel and abroad.
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