Israeli War Crimes Against Children During Operation Cast Lead

Following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented the toll on Gaza’s children and published it in May. It did so “in response to the unprecedented number of children who were killed (and injured) by (the Israeli Defense Forces) during the offensive on Gaza.” According to international standards, the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s (CRC) definition was used to apply to anyone under age 18.

PCHR reviewed IDF killing of Gaza’s children since the beginning of the Second Intifada in September 2000, then focused on the 313 youth deaths during the recent conflict. Its evidence comes from eye-witness accounts of the willful targeting of civilians, including women and children. Also covered are the psychological scars and “alarming scale of physical injuries” leaving some children blind and many others (as well as adults) permanently disabled by the loss of limbs and psychological trauma.

PCHR’s report bears testimony to Israel’s contempt for international laws, its imperial agenda, culture of violence, disdain for peace, genocidal intentions, disparagement of Arabs and Islam, and its scorn for Palestinian lives and welfare.

PCHR presented 13 case studies in its report. Briefly discussed below, they represent a small fraction of the many hundreds killed and thousands more grievously harmed.


Since the September 2000 Second Intifada, Israeli forces killed 1179 children, including 865 in Gaza as part of a decades-long policy of collectively punishing millions of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, mostly civilian men, women, and children.

Israel calls self-defense “terrorism” and justifies its actions as responses to militant missile or other attacks. PCHR’s investigations “have consistently undermined these claims,” and condemns all killing, especially of children.

In September 2006, the London Independent‘s Donald Macintyre headlined his story: “Gaza: The children killed in a war the world doesn’t want to know about.” He wrote about more than 37 children under 18 killed since June 25 during Israel’s Operation Summer Rain, according to PCHR figures, out of an overall 228 total, mostly civilians.

He highlighted a “forgotten war in the Middle East” with young boys, girls and adults blown apart by Israeli shells and missiles, but who notices. He said the IDF attacks heavily populated areas indiscriminately on the pretext of fighting a “terrorist infrastructure.” He stressed that “attention (was) diverted from Gaza as Israel launch(ed) a full military invasion of southern Lebanon” yet civilian deaths mounted in both areas. He listed by name Gazan children under 18 killed and by what means — from airstrikes, while playing football, missiles, shrapnel, tank or artillery shells, and shot in the head or chest at close range. Khitam Mohammed Rebhi Tayey was one — age 11. Aya Salmeya another — age 9.

Israel rarely responds to public outrage or investigates its crimes, including against children. The few times it does turn into whitewashes. After 11 days on March 30, 2009, military advocate general Avichai Mandelblit closed the IDF’s inquiry into Israeli soldiers’ accounts of Operation Cast Lead crimes and dismissed them as unfounded.

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Protection for Children

Various laws apply, including the Fourth Geneva Convention and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As protected persons, they’re to be safeguarded against willful killing, coercion, corporal punishments, torture, collective penalties and reprisals.

CRC was the first legally binding international instrument incorporating all human rights for children, including civil, cultural, economic, political and social. They’re now universally agreed on non-negotiable standards and obligations supporting their rights.

CRC’s Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict took effect on February 12, 2002. Israel ratified it on July 18, 2005 and CRC in 1991. The Optional Protocol strengthens children’s rights, recognizes that they require special protection, and condemns their being targeted in armed conflicts, especially in schools, hospitals or at home. Israel is legally bound under both laws and Geneva, yet disdains them repeatedly, especially by “willful killing” through indiscriminate attacks or deliberately targeting civilian areas or structures.

Truth and Lies: Operation Cast Lead and Civilian Deaths

Besides vast destruction and mass population displacement, 313 children were killed among the 1414 who died over a 23-day period. Of the 5300 injured (many seriously), 1606 were children. In all cases, the vast majority were noncombatants.

Of the children killed:

  • most were at home or nearby;
  • around one-third were girls and the rest boys;
  • almost 15% were under age 5 and another one-fourth between 5 and 10;
  • the remainder were between 11 and 17;
  • the “overwhelming majority” were killed in densely populated residential areas;
  • 46% were killed in northern Gaza;
  • 38% in Gaza City;
  • 9% in Khan Yunis and Rafah and 7% in less densely populated areas.

Israel used conventional and illegal weapons. The former included missiles, artillery and tank shells, mortars, and automatic weapons.

Others included:

  • white phosphorous that burns flesh to the bone and can be fatal; it’s use is prohibited in civilian areas;
  • flechettes that are 4cm long darts used as anti-personnel weapons; they penetrate to the bone and can cause multiple horrific injuries; up to 8000 of them can be packed into one artillery shell; on explosion, they travel at high speed in multiple directions up to around 300 meters; and
  • various other internationally prohibited weapons that PCHR investigations uncovered and condemned.

Its case studies show a consistent failure of Israeli forces to protect civilian lives, especially those of children. They document indiscriminate attacks against densely populated neighborhoods in grave violation of international laws.

To safeguard civilians and non-military areas and structures, IHL requires that precautions be taken in any attack, and civilian protection is paramount. Israel pays no heed and attacks indiscriminately in grave violation of the law.

Case Study One: The Olaiwa Family

Gaza City’s Isma’il (age 7), Mo’men (age 13), Mo’tassem (age 14) and Lana Olaiwa, (age 9) and their mother Amal were killed when an artillery shell struck their home on January 5, 2009. Three other family members were injured, including Amal’s husband, Haider, and her eldest son, Muntasser.

Two survivors were too badly injured to be interviewed. PCHR spoke to Fadwa Olaiwa, Haider’s sister, who lived two floors below. She said that 42 extended family members lived in the four-story house. The shell killed five of them in their kitchen where Amal was cooking.

When Fadwa heard the explosion, she ran upstairs and saw what happened. She found Amal decapitated by the refrigerator and the other bodies close by. Haider, Muntasser and Ghadir were taken to Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital. Haider sustained permanent facial and jaw injuries. Ghadir’s right arm was seriously injured. She and her father’s hearing were badly damaged. Muntasser had serious liver and stomach shrapnel wounds requiring two operations. Metal is still embedded in his right leg, and he continues to undergo treatment.

PCHR investigations confirm that no combatants or military targets were close by at the time of the attack. Artillery shells were fired indiscriminately, have a range of up to 60 km, and were used against entire areas, including civilian ones. This attack and many others like it constitute war crimes on two counts under Articles 8(2)(b)(ii) and (iv) of the International Criminal Court Statute.

Case Study Two: the al-Dayah Family

In the Zaytoun district of eastern Gaza, 22 family members were killed when a bomb struck their home — including 12 children and a pregnant woman. The explosion destroyed the house and buried many of the family inside. Only two family members survived, 28-year old Aamer and his brother Rida. Those killed included:

  • Fayez Musbah Hasham, age 60
  • Kawkab Sa’id Hussein, age 57
  • Radwan Fayez Musbah, age 22
  • Sabrin Fayez Musbah, age 24
  • Raghda Fayez Musbah, age 34
  • Eyad Fayez Musbah, age 36
  • Rawda Hilal Hussein, age 32
  • Ali Eyad Fayez Musbah, age 10
  • Khitam Eyad Fayez Musbah, age 9
  • Alaa’ Eyad Fayez Musbah, age 7
  • Raba’a Eyad Fayez, age 6
  • Sharaf Al-Din Eyad Fayez, age 5
  • Mohammed Eyad Fayez, age 7 months
  • Ramez Fayez Musbah, age 27
  • Safaa’ Saleh Mohammed, age 20
  • Baraa’ Ramez Fayez, age 1.5
  • Salsabil Ramez Fayez, age 5 months
  • Tazal Isma’il Isma’il Mohammed, age 28 and 8 months pregnant
  • Amani Mohammed Fayez, age 6
  • Qamar Mohammed Fayez, age 5
  • Arij Mohammed Fayez, age 3, and
  • Yousef Mohammed Fayez, age two

On February 3, 2009, PCHR interviewed Aamer al-Dayah (who was home) and his brother, Rida who was outside the house when attacked. Aamer said 24 family members shared seven apartments in the building. When it was struck, the force knocked Aamer unconscious, and he awakened under rubble. Rida was at a nearby mosque at the time. He rushed home, freed Aamer and his twin brother Radwan inside, still alive but only barely until he died on January 9.

Both survivors told PCHR that the explosion flung some family members meters outside their home while others inside were burned beyond recognition. They had no advance warning of an immanent attack, but PCHR fieldworkers learned there was military activity nearby. However, all al-Dayah family members were civilians. The IDF attack gravely breached international law and constitutes two war crime counts under Articles 8(2)(b)(ii) and (iv) of the International Criminal Court Statute.

According to IHL principles, Israeli forces used excessive and disproportionate force against a known civilian target resulting in the death of 22 al-Dayah family members — a crime Palestinians will long remember.

Case Study Three: the al-Battran family

On January 16, six al-Battran family members were slaughtered in their al-Bureji refugee camp home by an Israeli aircraft fired missile. Killed were Manal and five of her children:

  • Manal, age 32
  • Islam, age 15
  • Eman, age 9
  • twin sister Ehsan, age 9
  • Bilal, age 6 and
  • Izziddin, age 3

One year old son Abdul Hadi and Amal’s husband Issa survived. On February 25, PCHR interviewed Issa’s brother, Diaa’ who was in the house next door at the time of the attack. When he heard the explosion, he ran over and discovered the bodies, burnt and shorn of some body parts.

According to al-Battran family members, Issa hadn’t seen his wife and children since Operation Cast Lead began for fear of being assassinated. The day of the attack was the first time in January he was with them, only to pack clothing before heading to a safer location. He survived three earlier attempts to kill him because of his position in the Izz ad-Din Al Qassam Brigades.

Shrapnel at the scene identified a US-made Hellfire missile providing clear evidence of US involvement. Killing noncombatants is a war crime as defined in Article 8(2)(b)(iv) of the International Criminal Court Statute.

Other Case Studies: Further Examples of War Crime Attacks on Noncombatants, Including Children

(1) On January 16, two projectiles killed four Abu Eita family members outside their home, the youngest 2.5 year old Malak Abu.

(2) On January 9, two projectiles destroyed their house and killed six Salha family members, the youngest Bahaa, age 5

(3) On January 5, a projectile killed Mohammed Hijji. Earlier their home was commandeered by Israeli forces. Family members were held prisoners inside, then forced to be human shields so they could occupy a nearby house. Afterwards the family was ordered to evacuate Zaytoun where they lived, then shot at while leaving, killing their 2.5 year old daughter Shahd. Relatives and Arafat family members told to leave were also fleeing. In progress, one woman was shot and killed. Nine others were wounded. All are civilians, including children.

(4) on January 14, a projectile killed 14 year old Izziddin al-Farra in Qarara village in eastern Gaza while he and his friend Abdul Ghani were bicycling on a rural road. Abdul sustained a serious head injury.

(5) On January 4, Israeli forces shot and killed 1.5 year old Farah al-Helu. Family members were in their home. Soldiers entered, shot and killed 62 year old Fouad, then ordered the family to evacuate. Outside they were shot at, injuring three family members and killing Farah who bled to death. One family member described their ordeal. They tried crawling to safety. Most did but three others were struck and lay in the street. Farah bled to death because emergency care was denied — further evidence of a war crime atrocity.

(6) On December 29, a bombing of an adjacent mosque destroyed the Balousha family Jabaliya refugee camp home. Five of eight daughters were killed, the youngest Jawaher age four. Five others were injured and another five homes were seriously damaged.

(7) On January 6, two projectiles struck the yard of Mo’in Deeb’s Jabaliya refugee camp home when 10 family members were there. Ten were killed instantly, the youngest Nour Mo’in age 3. Others were injured, four critically. One subsequently died. Another had both legs amputated.

(8) On December 29, a bomb struck the al-‘Absi family Yibna refugee camp home in Rafah while those in it were sleeping. Three children died instantly, the youngest Sidqi age 4. Their mother sustained critical injuries. Four other children were also injured.

(9) On January 17, a white phosphorous artillery shell struck the area around a Beit Lahiya school killing Bilal al-Ashqar (age 6) and Mohammed al-Ashqar (age 4). Two other family members were seriously injured. Their mother sustained critical head injuries and loss of her right hand. Her 19 year old daughter had her leg blown off. All were sheltering there at the time.

(10) On January 5, a projectile struck a house where the Abdul-Dayem family was attending a condolence ceremony. Those inside fled across the street and were struck by two tank shells containing flechettes. Three family members, including one child, were killed instantly. Two others, including a child, subsequently died of their injuries.

PCHR summarized the 23-day toll as follows:

“Alongside the 313 children killed by Israeli forces during (Operation Cast Lead), 1606 children were injured, with some sustaining horrific disabilities, head and spinal injuries, facial disfiguration, burns and amputation.”

Most were in their homes at the time. Others in shelters for their safety. Some of the injured couldn’t access medical care resulting in their permanent disability, infection, and for some their death. Even at hospitals, doctors were overwhelmed, under-resourced, and forced to deliver care under battlefield conditions.

The toll on parents and children was horrific, and some surviving adults face a lifelong task of caring for their permanently disabled offspring. Those who lost parents require help from relatives. The stench of death, injury, vast destruction, displacement, and Gaza still under siege pervades the Territory. The conflict’s psychological impact inflicted collective trauma — unrelieved and hardly noticed by Israel, America, the West, and most Arab states.

Children more than others suffer most and now experience “anger, sleeping difficulties, nightmares, avoidance of situations that are reminders of the trauma, impairment of concentration, and guilt” because they survived while others didn’t. Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) approach epidemic levels, but fortunately Gaza’s Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) provides some of the best care of its kind in the Middle East. Years of conflict honed their skills.

After hostilities ended, they assessed the psychological damage on children and learned that the overwhelming majority personally witnessed traumatic events that could seriously impair their mental health. For example:

  • 98% of children said they didn’t feel safe;
  • 96% didn’t think they could protect themselves;
  • 97% thought their families couldn’t protect them;
  • 90% heard bombing;
  • 89% saw homes destroyed from it;
  • 65% were forced to evacuate their homes;
  • 61% saw their neighbors’ homes bombed;
  • 54% were either physically detained in their homes by soldiers or were trapped inside them during bombings and/or shellings; and
  • 55% said they were told that one or more of their family members or relatives were killed.

Psychologist Hassan Ziyada said: “These children reported high levels of trauma and insecurity that will impact on the psychological and intellectual development….(They’re) suffering continual long-term trauma due to the psychological, social and economic effects of the recent offensive, the siege and closure of Gaza, and the internal political situation. This (attack) came at a very difficult time for all the people of Gaza, especially children, who were already suffering acute feelings of anxiety and powerlessness….Children in Gaza are continuing to exhibit long-term symptoms of hyperactivity, deterioration of their cognitive abilities, instrusive memories and hyper arousal and anxiety.”

Ziyada believes many children will develop long-term depression from the loss of loved ones and friends that contribute to a feeling of abandonment. He also said they’re experiencing physical body pain, headaches, stomach aches, insomnia and aggressive behavior.

In an appendix, PCHR listed all 313 children killed by name, gender, age, location, date of attack, and date of death. The youngest was one month old Al-Mu’tasim Bellah Mohammed Ibrahim al-Samouni. Also one month old Hala ‘Isam Ahmed al-Mnei’i. Israel expressed no regrets, neither did America.

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. Ricardo said on June 13th, 2009 at 8:20am #

    The Israelis didn’t start the December war with Gaza. They shot back.
    Also, the Hamas cynically uses its civilian population as human shields and launched rocket attacks from the middle of dense urban areas. So the blame goes squarely to Hamas not Israel.

  2. bozh said on June 13th, 2009 at 11:13am #

    as long as US does the what israel does, israel is as safe from santions as is US.
    As long as no american is prosecuted for war crimes, no israeli accused of war crimes wld stand trial and especially not at ICC or ICT.

    still it is good to list all of the victims of the israeli raid in gaza. Israeli military action is a raid and not a war nor a defensive strike.
    having been stopped in s. lebanon by hezbos, angry/shamed ‘jews’ simply took that out on innocent and occupied/under siege people.

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain said on June 13th, 2009 at 4:30pm #

    I saw a report the other day, where an Israeli ‘military lawyer’ (George Orwell eat your heart out!) expressed the rationale behind Israel’s crimes against humanity. Sure, the occupation and colonisation of the West Bank by the Judaic Herrenvolk is against international law, but if the Israelis simply keep up the occupation for long enough, the ‘facts on the ground’ will make international law irrelevant. Similarly the deliberate decision to murder the Gazan police graduating on the first day of the recent bombardment, is a crime against humanity, but thanks to its puppet hyper-power, the US, Israel enjoys impunity from all international law. The illegal blockade of Gaza is, as Falk the UN Special Rapporteur noted, a crime against humanity, but what was the Israeli response. Why, to throw this senior UN official, a Jew himself, into a squalid cell, before expelling him. I mean the Chosen People cannot make their contempt for the rest of humanity clearer, can they?
    Israel is deliberately and calculatedly undermining the edifice of international humanitarian law, such as it is, and leading a march to a new barbarism of unrestrained brutality by the powerful over the powerless. The treatment of Gaza is a monument to sadism, the deliberate terrorising of Gazan children into madness a crime, deliberate and evil, of a particularly marked viciousness. But then as pro-Israel bloggers have noted, Palestinian children, in their eyes at least, are mere ‘suicide spawn’. The particular mixture of colonialist race hatred of the indigenous, Judaic religious belief in the innate inferiority of all non-Jews, with particular emphasis on those who were, at times in the long past, the Jews’ enemies in regional, tribal contention and the recent horrors of the Nazi Judeocide, have produced a psychopathology on the Israeli Right that is exactly equivalent, in its extreme racism and boundless capacity for cruelty and sadism, with Nazism.
    The one dim glimmer of hope is that amongst Jews there is a significant minority repulsed by what is being done in Judaism’s name. We can only hope that they will somehow prevail against the other tendency, the Judaic Taliban of the ‘settler movement’ who, in my opinion at least, are both insane and evil, and a real threat to everyone. And tragically, but possibly hopefully, the sheer viciousness of Israeli racism is getting through to the public, despite the preposterous and wicked bias of the Western media. If there is no ‘circuit-breaker’ soon, that forces Israel towards real peace, not the peace of the Bantustans being presented to the Quisling ‘President for Life’ Abbas on a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ basis, I fully expect the Israelis will turn to that plan for ‘transfer’ of all the Palestinians out of Eretz Yisrael, that has been their ultimate aim since the days of Herzl.

  4. Barry99 said on June 13th, 2009 at 7:53pm #

    According to B’tselem – which org counts deaths on both sides, Israelis have killed 4907 Palestinians since September,2000. In return, Palestinians have killed 1062 Israelis. That’s a 4.6 to 1 ratio – and 335 (31.5%) of the Israeli deaths were military. Almost all Palestinians were killed in Palestine, not Israel – as were many Israelis.
    955 of Palestinian deaths were minors. 123 Israeli deaths were minors – a 7.8 to 1 ratio. As can be seen, the total number of Palestinian minors killed almost equals the entire total of Israeli deaths. And it bears repeating that Palestinians overwhelmingly are killed in their own country while Israelis are killed out of their own country.
    The PCHR report above indicates child deaths of 1179 over the same period – as opposed to the B’tselem number of 955. The difference is likely due to differences in definitions of minor, or cause of death. The differences are not substantial nor germane to the argument.

  5. mary said on June 14th, 2009 at 12:00am #

    Stephen Lendman gives us a litany of Israel’s war crimes, sufficient evidence for their prosecution in an international court one would have thought.

    Goldstone is a trustee on the Board of the Hebrew University which was built on Palestinian land on Mount Scopus Jerusalem and has said that a prosecution of Israel for these war crimes is ‘unlikely’.

    Grotesque. Note mention of Goldstone’s close ties to Israel.

    UN investigator: Gaza war probe won’t likely yield prosecution
    By The Associated Press
    9 June 2009

    After interviewing dozens of war victims and poring through the files of human rights groups, a veteran United Nations war crimes investigator acknowledged that his probe into possible crimes by Israel and
    Hamas in the Gaza Strip is unlikely to lead to prosecutions.

    Israel has refused to cooperate with investigation of its conduct during an offensive on Gaza earlier this year, depriving Judge Richard Goldstone and his team access to military sources and victims of ongoing rocket attacks.

    Hamas security often accompanied his team during their five-day trip to Gaza last week, raising questions about the ability of witnesses to freely describe the militant group’s actions.

    But the chief barrier remains the lack of a court with jurisdiction to hear any resulting cases.

    “From a practical political point of view, I wish I could be optimistic,” Goldstone said, citing the legal and political barriers to war crimes

    Still, Goldstone hopes his group’s report – due in September – will spur
    action by other UN bodies and foreign governments.

    Goldstone, a South African judge who prosecuted war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, refused to comment on the investigation’s content. But AP interviews with more than a dozen Gazans who spoke to the team reveal a wide-ranging investigation into the war’s most prominent allegations.

    In Gaza, Goldstone’s 15-member team met with Hamas and U.N. officials, collected reports from Palestinian human rights groups and interviewed dozens of survivors.

    Among them was a Bedouin man who told the investigators how he watched Israeli soldiers shoot his mother and sister dead as they fled their home waving white flags. But he, too, doubted he would see justice.

    “The committee was just like all the others who have come,” said 46-year-old Majed Hajjaj. There are lots of reports written, but they’re nothing more than ink on paper.

    The UN team also stepped through the shrapnel-peppered doorway of a mosque where an Israeli missile strike killed 16 people, witnesses said. During the war, Israel accused Hamas of hiding weapons in mosques. Witnesses said no weapons or militants were present.

    They inspected holes in the street near a UN school where Israeli artillery allegedly killed 42 people, and visited the charred skeleton of a hospital torched by Israeli shells. In both cases, the army said militants had fired from nearby, and witnesses said some had been near the school.

    And they visited the Samouni family, whose members say they took refuge on soldiers’ orders in a house that was then shelled, killing 21 people.

    Israel denies the account, but says the house may have been hit in crossfire with militants.

    Israel launched the offensive in late December to stop eight years of Hamas rocket attacks. Palestinian human rights groups say more than 1,400 Gazans were killed, most of them civilians. Israel says around 1,100 Gazans were killed and that most were militants, but – unlike the Palestinian researchers – did not publish the names of the dead. Thirteen Israelis were also killed, three of them civilians.

    Human rights groups called for war crimes investigations soon after the war’s end, accusing Israel of disproportionate force and failing to protect civilians. Some groups and the Israel Defense Forces said Hamas fought from civilian areas and used human shields – all of which can be war crimes.

    Jerusalem’s refusal to cooperate meant that Goldstone – a Jew with close ties to Israel – had to enter Gaza via Egypt.

    Israel alleges anti-Israeli bias by the probe’s sponsor, the UN Human Rights Council, which has a record of criticizing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said investigators could not reach an unbiased conclusion since they couldn’t question those who fired rockets at Israel.

    When asked if the team met with Hamas fighters, team member Hina Jilani declined to comment, but said Hamas had been very cooperative.

    A Hamas official, Ahmed Yousef, said he hoped the group’s report would be like ammunition in the hands of the people who are willing to sue Israeli war criminals.

    Some survivors said the team pressed them on Israel’s assertion that it made warning phone calls before airstrikes and whether militants fought or fired rockets from their neighborhoods.

    They asked for all the details. Were there rockets fired from the area, why did they target this area specifically, stuff like that, said Ziad Deeb, 22, who told the team how he lost 11 relatives and both his legs when an artillery shell exploded on his doorstep.

    Alex Whiting, a professor at Harvard law school, called Goldstone supremely qualified for such an investigation, but said such cases are hard to investigate, especially without military records. He also said there are few mechanisms for prosecution if crimes are uncovered.

    But even without prosecution, Whiting said, inquiries can spur countries to investigate themselves or affect future wartime conduct.

    “Many times, the immediate result is a disappointment for the victims and survivors, but the hope is for the future,” he said.

  6. bozh said on June 14th, 2009 at 6:10am #

    if any fighter wld use any human[s] as a shield against israeli tanks, helicopter guns, missiles from sky, and artillery, israeli fighters wld be gleeful as now they cld blow away more than one palestinian.

    at the same time, human shields wld impede mobility and firing ability of any resistance fighter[s[. So, it is extremely unlikely that palestinians wld resist the raid in that way.

    however, it makes sense that israeli soldiers use human to shield selves from palestinian fire since they do not have armaments that israel has.

    we need a military expert to confirm my analyses or to tell us more about assymetrical fighting in an occupied/under siege area. tnx

  7. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 7:40am #

    Bozh, I will say that your analysis of the use of human shields for a modern army is correct. However, for an insurgency the use of human shields as a propaganda value is extremely worthwhile. When the world community sees human shields being used, they do not say “look those cowardly bastards are using innocence as shields” they do however say “look at those poor innocents killed by those murderous bastards just to get at the freedom fighters.” And often the fact that they were killed to hit insurgent targets never even enters into the equation. And it’s not just the Palestinians, are should I say Hamas using people in shields, the Tamils and Chechens are past masters of this as well, the tactic is being used every day in Afghanistan and the Iraq though not so much now in Iraq.

    Hussein was a past master at using human shields, he put his air defense headquarters across the street from the largest civilian air defense shelter in Baghdad, he put Anti aircraft batteries in schoolyards and hospitals, and even the stupid left went along with the program by volunteering to be human shields.

    But in the end the results are all the same, a modern military facing this barbaric practice has to make the decision “ do the ends justify the means “ that is, is the propaganda nightmare of killing innocence worthwhile to end a war. Many times the choice is yes.

    There you go Bozh, you ask for a military opinion and now you have one. And now I can set back and be called a bastard and right wing trash all afternoon long just for voicing my opinion. Have a great day in Vancouver my friend.


  8. bozh said on June 14th, 2009 at 9:07am #

    danny, thanks for your input.
    i’ve not ever heard that partisans of ex-yugoslavia, albania, and greece have used humans to shield selves from being fired upon.

    the answer to that appears obvious: an armless human in front of a resistance fighter appears useless because as soon as firing starts fighters having just rifles and grenades hit the ground and a shield wld surely run away or also hit the ground or run for a cover.

    facing a missile even with a hundred humans i front of a resistance fighter wld be unbelievable stupid. Such a tactic wld alianate own people on which fighters depend so much for food and shelter.

    and as i have said earlier, a fighter cldn’t fire his weapon at an israeli soldier or tank with people in front of him.
    re hussein and how/where/when he deployed his defensive forces and weapons, it cannot be compared with an actual raid such as against gaza.
    a raid is always different even from a war let alone a non-war against hussein from ’91-’03.
    in ’03,USA atacked iraq and iraqi army disaappeared in days.
    Resistance fighters have been resisting israelis for 60 yrs and still resist today.

    partisans, which amers supported, were not “insurgency” to amers but resistance.
    similarly, pals are not insurgents but resistance fighters; not, of course, to judoe-christian alliance.
    they are to it worse than isurgency; they are “terrorists”. The term is meant only for domestic pop and not aliens. It maks not a bit of sense to an occupied people.
    try an occupation, danny, then tell me. tnx

  9. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 9:15am #

    Hell, Bozh to hear you guys tell it ,I am part of an occupation now.

    I used the term Insurgent because the school I was taught in used that term.

    Again Human shields are not used so much for protection as for the propanganda value.

    If you don’t mind strapping a bomb on the back of a retarded kid and sending him into a crowd of your ememies you wont mind having some of your own people killed to gain an edge in the press. and I will go further and say that sometimes if the body count is too low to attract attention it can be added to.

  10. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 9:53am #

    Also to address your question. The Balkan partisans never needed human shields and I do not think they would of had much use to fight the Nazis or the Croats. Neither group being very concerned about public opinion.

  11. mary said on June 14th, 2009 at 10:00am #

    This photograph says it all – no words are needed.

    From the US Citizens for Peace and Justice website.

  12. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 10:12am #

    What an amazing sign, all that terrible destruction and not one single letter has fallen off surely this is a sign from God.

  13. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 10:17am #

    Your picture is truly amazing, with all of that terrible destruction all around not a single letter seems to have fallen off at only one is slightly out of place, could this be a sign from God, pun intended.

  14. bozh said on June 14th, 2009 at 12:08pm #

    most or even all of us know what insurgency means;justification aside it means: revolt, uprising against a civil gov’t.
    when uprise is against an occupier [always justified on moral and legal levels] it is called resistance.

    re partisans of yugoslavia fighting croats, you are wrong. For your education, partisans were slovenes, croats, serbs, maceddonians, and montenegrins.
    i’m not sure about how many bosniaks [muslims] joined partisans. Tito, self was a croat. Proportionally, more croats were partisans that serbs.
    however, it is true that the serbs, slovenes, and croats also fought partisans on behalf of germans and italians.

    all three peoples had puppet gov’ts installed by italy and germany.
    9o% of croat partisans were from coastal regions. These were the regions that Ustashe [croats] ceded to italy which led to massive uprising by littoral croatia.
    you are forgiven for mistaken use of the word “insurgency” to describe what is going on in palestina, and other places. tnx

  15. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 12:35pm #

    Bozh. I was speaking of Greater Croatia, which included Bosnia-Herzegovina, In 1940 this area became an independent pro-Axis puppet state ruled by the anti-Semitic Fascist-nationalist Ustase. Germany also annexed northern Slovenia, occupied Serbia, and left its allies to annex or occupy the remaining parts of Yugoslavia. This area contributed at least a division to the German invasion of Russia. These were both conscripts and volunteers there was also an SS regiment from there.

    You are right of course all groups in the area sent many heroes to fight the fascist. And we will never know the sacrifices they made in those dark mountain forest.

  16. Barry99 said on June 14th, 2009 at 1:30pm #

    Neither the Palestinians nor the Lebanese have been found to use human shields. It is Israel and ONLY Israel that was taken to court (Israeli Supreme Court) for using human shields – and the court found the IDF guilty and ordered the practice stopped. This of course, has not stopped Israel from using human shields. So it the Israeli Supreme Court finds the IDF guilty – what would an honest, neutral court find?

    So let’s be clear about this – Israel, in its attacks on the West Bank and Gaza, has been convicted of using human shields. The Palestinians (and the Lebanese) have been cleared of same in the defense of their homelands.

  17. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 2:53pm #

    Barry I would like to see your source material on that, if you understand the concept of human shields you would know that an agressor can’t use them. and in your own words Isreal is always an agressor.

  18. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 2:57pm #

    Never mind I just read that artical, BULLSHIT in toto

  19. Barry99 said on June 14th, 2009 at 3:09pm #

    RE: Israel in court for its use of Human Shields – the so-called ‘Neighbor Procedure.’

    April 2002 – During Operation Defensive Shield, soldiers greatly
    increase the use of Palestinians as human shields.

    May 2002 – Seven human rights organizations petition the High Court
    of Justice
    against the use of Palestinians as human shields. The
    IDF informs the court that it will stop using civilians for military
    tasks, except for the “neighbor procedure.”

    August 2002 – Nidal Abu Mukhsan is killed while serving
    as a human shield during implementation of the “neighbor procedure.”
    Following another petition filed by the human rights organizations, the
    court issues a temporary injunction forbidding the IDF to use the procedure. Soldiers continue to use it.

    November 2002 – B’Tselem publishes a report that describes five cases in which soldiers violated the court’s order. The petitioners file an application in accordance with the Contempt of Court Ordinance.

    December 2002 – The State files its response to the Court, in which
    it contends that the army is no longer using Palestinians as human shields but only “is assisted by residents to prevent the loss of life.” The State attaches the “prior warning procedure,” which is intended to replace the “neighbor procedure.”

    According to the new procedure, “assistance” by civilians is allowed if, in the judgment of the military commander in the field, the life of the “person giving assistance” is not endangered, provided that the individual consents.

    In reply, the human rights organizations contend that the new procedure is unlawful and that it is incorrect to state that such “assistance” does not endanger the person’s life. The petitioners include testimonies relating to cases in which civilians were used as human shields after the High Court issued the temporary injunction.

    January 2003 – The High Court of Justice reduces the temporary
    injunction, and allows use of the “prior warning procedure.” At the request of the High Court, the human rights organizations file a legal opinion stating that the procedure is unlawful. The IDF has not yet responded to the petitioners’ arguments. In the meanwhile, it implements the “prior warning procedure.”

    July 2003 – The High Court hears the petition of the human rights
    organizations, in which the parties argue the legality of the “prior warning procedure” and the application to hold the respondent in contempt of court, which was filed after the IDF continued to use human shields. The High Court extends the validity of the temporary injunction until further order.

    April 2004 – The human rights organizations file an application with
    the High Court for a temporary order directing the IDF to refrain from using Palestinians as human shields and/or hostages, and to forbid the IDF from asking them to take part in any military action, or to use them in any such action, without exception and without army officials having any discretion in the matter.

    The petitioners attach testimonies and affidavits relating to
    additional cases, dating from December 2003 to April 2004, in which
    civilians were used as human shields.

    August 2004 – On 16 August 2004, Adalah files an application
    requesting that the Court order the IDF, in accordance with the Contempt of Court Ordinance, to comply with the High Court’s order prohibiting it from using individuals as human shields or hostages in military operations. The application also requests that the High Court impose a fine on the military authorities.

    In its application, Adalah contends that the IDF is continuing to violate
    the High Court prohibition on the use of human shields. Attached to the application are eight new testimonies, which were given to B’Tselem, involving cases in which the IDF used Palestinians as human shields or hostages between the period January-July 2004.

    September 2004 – On 5 September 2004, the High Court hears the
    petition filed by Adalah in May 2002 against the use of Palestinians as
    human shields or hostages. Supreme Court President Aharon Barak criticizes the “prior warning procedure,” which replaced the “neighbor procedure,” and urges the IDF to forego use of the procedure, on the grounds that the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the use of local residents in military actions by the occupying army.

    In his comments, President Barak says that, “Out of one hundred cases in which the neighbor willingly helps the army, ninety-nine of them will be against his will. It is very hard to verify willingness, and the fear is that, when a contingent of soldier come at night, out of fear no neighbor will refuse to cooperate with the soldiers.” The High Court announces that it will give it decision at a later time.

    6 October 2005: The High Court of Justice rules that it is illegal
    for the IDF to use Palestinian civilians during military actions and that it
    is forbidden to use the prior warning procedure.

    So such a struggle! Not only was Israel caught using Palestinians as human shields a hundred times or more (and we have since learned they used Lebanese civilians as well), they fought every inch of the way to keep doing so – despite the law suits of SEVEN Human Rights Organizations. And guess what – despite the Israeli “law” against using human shields – they still do so.

  20. bozh said on June 14th, 2009 at 3:17pm #

    danny, yes,
    Ustashe or in english Ustashas have proclaimed bosnia-hertzegovina part of croatia.
    however, ustashe have not controlled much of BH. At least some of BH was controled by partisans. Some parts were controlled by chetniks [troopers] royalists and other parts by muslims.
    in addition, puppet state of croatia had not been recognized by most lands.
    pavelic, ustasha leader, has ceded more than half of it to italians; thus even when we wld add part of BH to rump croatia, it wld have been smaller than prewar.
    and losing or giving up on all or much of coastal croatia, croatia wld be a loser if axis powers won ww2.
    such a croatia, squeezed bwtn italy, hungary, and serbia wld have been reduced to controling roughly one tenth of croatia proper.

    because italy lost ww2, it lost some regions which were given to her by allies in ’19. So, technically speaking, pavelic [married to a jew] and with kvaternik [another jew] his second in command did not cede to italy all of the coastal regions.
    there was other ‘jews’ who were prominent in Ustasha gov’t. So, go figure? tnx bozhidar balkas vanvouver formerly from littoral croatia but in canada 57 yrs.
    bozhidar is obviously a slav name. It means dods gift.

  21. Jeff said on June 14th, 2009 at 5:05pm #

    I only see more WAR within the comments here.


  22. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 5:49pm #

    Jeff, you will never end something you either are to self important to talk about or that you pretend it does not exist.

  23. Jeff said on June 14th, 2009 at 5:55pm #

    Danny Ray. Whom spoke of ending something? Do you have a death wish?

    Most here have the ability to profuse information. The article above shows just how humanity IS. What is your excuse? What the hell are YOU doing?

    Tell me Danny Ray, just what the fuck can You Really Do Danny Ray?

    Please do tell Danny Ray!

  24. Danny Ray said on June 14th, 2009 at 6:12pm #

    Jeff Jeff Jeff.

    Whom? a little presumptuous maybe . I believe the word you wanted was WHO.
    Use the he/him method to decide which word is correct.
    he = who
    him = whom
    Examples: Who/Whom wrote the letter?
    He wrote the letter. Therefore, who is correct.
    For who/whom should I vote?
    Should I vote for him? Therefore, whom is correct

    as for what can I do , That is absolutely nothing , and if I could do something I couldn’t promise you that I would . you need to remember I am a right wing psychopath well maybe a sociopath . I am just here for the scenery .

  25. Mulga Mumblebrain said on June 15th, 2009 at 2:25am #

    Onya, Danny! Coming out proud and unapologetic as a Zionasty apologist for the cold-blooded murder of women and children, by the Judaic Herrenvolk ,takes some chutzpah, as does the use of that vicious exculpation the ‘human shield’ lie. What a pity you weren’t around to advise the German Nazis of this useful, and vicious lie. In the real world, not that of pathologically narcissitic individuals and tribes who imagine the entire Universe was created for them to display their ‘Chosenness’, the ‘neighbour procedure’ is an old Israeli tactic. You get some poor Palestinian schmuk to go into a dangerous area, at gunpoint, to draw the fire of any armed resistance, and if he or she gets blown away-well they were just ‘two-legged animals’ eh, Danny Boy?
    Your big mistake Danny and of all the Zionasties, lies in your insufferable arrogance. You think that because your tribe controls the politics, media and business of the West, that you can get away with any sadistic barbarity that takes your fancy. Fortunately, not only do most of the planet’s non-racist population now despise your brutal racist state, but the poison of Nazi style racist brutality and child-murder is poisoning Israeli society itself. Of course Israel was always susceptible to this process as a racist settler state, populated by people whose religion tells them they are superior to the rest of humanity, and filled with rage and fear after the Nazi Judeocide. Although Israeli racist brutality was marked from 1947-8 and The Nakbah, it has undoubtedly grown more virulent over the years, and as Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a decent and humane Jew, said, before the Gaza bloodbath, it is now ‘pre-genocidal’. And I’d bet that if Israel ever embarks on rank mass murder, either in nuking Iran or ‘transferring’ all the Palestinians out of Eretz Yisrael, that good old Danny Boy will be there, cheering on the horror, and vilifying the victims.

  26. Mulga Mumblebrain said on June 15th, 2009 at 2:29am #

    Barry 99-bravo on your excellent outline of the facts. Of course the facts are anathema to the Zionasties, but the more they are broadcast the greater the hope that this vicious Nazi state and its fanatically racist supporters, who are deliberately sowing racist and xenophobic hatred of Islam wherever they can, and in so doing are driving the world to religious war, will be brought to account.

  27. mary said on June 17th, 2009 at 12:28am #

    Former President Carter had to hold back his tears when he visited Gaza this week which is unsurprising to hear. Most normal human beings would react in the same way.
    Tuesday 16 June 2009

    Carter ‘distressed’ by Gaza visit

    Mr Carter advocates talks with Hamas

    Former US President Jimmy Carter has said he had to “hold back tears” while viewing destruction on a visit to Gaza.

    He is due to meet leaders from Hamas, which controls Gaza but is considered a terrorist group by western countries.

    The veteran politician is expected to hand over a letter for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his family.

    He condemned “deliberate” destruction in Israel’s January offensive, but also expressed sadness over Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns.

    The former US president, who brokered the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace deal, has long advocated engagement with the militant Hamas movement as crucial for progress on peace.

    The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Gaza says he is one of the highest profile figures to visit Gaza for years.

    While Mr Carter is not visiting in an official capacity, many in Gaza hope he has the ear of US President Barack Obama, our correspondent says.

    Visiting the American School in Gaza, damaged in Israel’s three-week operation, Mr Carter said “it’s very distressing to me”.

    He said the school had been “deliberately destroyed by bombs from F-16s made in my country and delivered to the Israelis”.

    “It’s not good to see this destruction, but it’s also not good, when I go to Sderot, to see rockets falling on Israelis,” he said, in reference to an Israeli town that is a frequent target of rocket fire from Palestinian militants.

    “The only way to avoid this tragedy happening again is to have genuine peace agreed between the Palestinians and Israel,” he said.

    ‘New obstacles’

    Hamas did not confirm whether it would pass the letter on to Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive since 2006.

    A Hamas spokesman said 11,000 letters would have to be sent in return, referring to the number of Palestinian prisoners he believed were being held in Israeli detention.

    Mr Carter was due to meet former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas.

    He has met the movement’s leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, several times previously.

    Visiting Israel earlier this week, Mr Carter said a major policy speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “raised many new obstacles to peace”.

    While Mr Netanyahu yielded to US pressure to back the creation of a Palestinian state, he set the conditions that it must be demilitarised and recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

  28. mary said on June 18th, 2009 at 2:44pm #

    High Court set to rule on Britain’s role in Gaza war

    The High Court is expected to rule tomorrow on a landmark legal challenge accusing the British government of breaching international law over its support for Israeli aggression in the Gaza strip.

    Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq is calling for a judicial review of the government’s involvement in, and failure to condemn, Israeli atrocities in the area.

    The case specifically focuses on Britain’s continued arms trading with Israel, arguing that this aided and abetted “horrific human rights violations” in Gaza.

    Lawyers for Al-Haq contend that Britain has legal obligations to denounce Israel’s actions against the Palestinian people and to co-operate with other states to end its breaches under international law.

    The action is being backed by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, the Scottish TUC and Public Interest Lawyers, which is representing Al-Haq.

    Phil Shiner, the solicitor representing Al-Haq in the case, stated: “The UK government has not only failed to take any effective measures in preventing Israel’s ongoing unlawful behaviour, it has positively aided it by continuing to supply arms to it.

    “Al Haq are pursuing this case through the courts to ensure that the UK government now comply with all of its obligations under international law,” said Mr Shiner

    Supporting the legal bid, STUC assistant secretary Mary Senior said: “Earlier this year during the STUC’s visit to Israel and Palestine, we met with Al-Haq’s director, Shawan Jabarin in Ramallah.

    “Mr Jabarin explained to us why international sanctions against the state of Israel for its breaches of international laws are not only legitimate, but absolutely necessary to maintain the integrity of international laws,” said Ms Senior.

    The government has responded to the legal claim by stating that the British courts should not dictate to it on matters of foreign policy.

    Al-Haq is asking the court to reject this argument as “outdated” and accept that what is being requested of it is a ruling on the legality of the government’s actions, and inaction, in the context of “egregious and established breaches of international law by the Israeli state.”

    An estimated 1,400 Palestinians, including over 400 children, were killed during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli bombardment and incursion into Gaza between December 2008 and January 2009.