Israeli Deputy Prime Minister: “We Must Blow Gaza Back to the Middle Ages Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”

War Crimes In Gaza?

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said:

We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads & water.

(And see this.)

Destroying civilian infrastructure is – of course – a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

The following are also war crimes under the Geneva Convention:

  • The indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force
  • Collective punishment for the acts of a few
  • Targeting civilians

Targeted assassinations – such as Israeli’s recent assassination of a Hamas leader – are also likely war crimes.

Indeed, Israeli’s alleged policy of intentionally reducing caloric intake by Palestinians living in Gaza – if real – would be a a years-long, systemic and continuous war crime. (Israel has also restricted access to medicine to the residents of Gaza.)

Likewise, Israeli’s use of white phosphorous during “Operation Cast Lead”, and its alleged use of the substance this week – if proven – would also constitute a war crime.  Specifically, Israel ratified Protocol III of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (“Protocol III”) – which outlaws the use of incendiary devices in war – in 2007.

Moreover, the 1925 Geneva Protocol (which is different from Protocol III) prohibits “the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases”.  The U.S. National Safety Council states that “White phosphorus is a poison . . . If its combustion occurs in a confined space, white phosphorus will remove the oxygen from the air and render the air unfit to support life . . . It is considered a dangerous disaster hazard because it emits highly toxic fumes. The EPA has listed white phosphorus as a Hazardous Air Pollutant.  Indeed, it is interesting to note that the U.S. previously called white phosphorous a chemical weapon when Saddam used it against the Kurds.

Indeed, the UN has repeatedly found Israeli’s actions in Gaza to be a war crime.  See this, this and this.  The current campaign certainly includes war crimes as well.

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  • asaxon

    The UN? LOL. . Oh, and check out this photo–Hamas Fighters Shielding Jewish Children in Gaza from Israeli Missile Strikes….Oh, wait, no, sorry…its the other way around.

    Israel has a right and duty to defend its citizens. Get used to it.

  • tal

    Yeah, asaxon. That’s just what Hitler said. Not a dimes worth of difference between a zionist & a nazi.

    Get used to it!

    • asaxon

      Ah, so tai, then you must consider yourself a Zionist, too.

      • Lone porcupine

        I guess your name says it all. And still too stupid to see the truth! People like you disgust me.
        Smart alec but not smart.

  • Beleck3

    for 40 years now i have been reading how the Israelis have been killing Palestinians. you know, that does get old.

    try something different.

    • asaxon

      My sentiments exactly! Instead of risking Israeli soldiers’ lives trying to wage war against a cowardly enemy who uses its own children as human shields, Israel should escort the lot of them on air conditioned buses with a one-way ticket to the already-established Palestinian state: Jordan.

    • Lone porcupine

      40 years reading and still you haven’t read anything! You still don’t have the depth to recognize what is right in front of your eyes. And obviously never thought about asking some questions either!

      I take it the 3 indicates your age.

  • amerikagulag

    Stalin is smiling up at Israel

  • amerikagulag

    Even a casual look at the map tells us what’s really going on. Just more of the same illegal land grab, albeit immoral, barbaric and murderous.

    The torah and the talmud are weapons of mass destruction and their adherents are enemies of humanity.

    • asaxon

      At last, your true colors, my little Goebbles wanabees. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

  • JosephConrad

    Teh first order of business for the Israelis SHOULD BE to REMOVE IGNORANT ‘ELI’ FROM OFFICE! He’s a lousy promoter for a RACIST, GREEDY, GENOCIDAL NATION such as Israel seeking to make its way in the world peacefully…through slaughering Gazans while STEALING THEIR NATURAL GAS WEALTH!

    • asaxon

      “Genocidal?” That’s pretty funny. Bibi has had the patience of a saint in the face of 8 years of Hamas rockets. You want to know what genocide looks like? Take a look at what the Shiites and Sunnis do to each other when they don’t have a Jew to shoot at.

  • DetachedObserver

    By the article’s definition, every time a missile gets fired at Israel, the people running the Gaza strip and Lebanon are guilty of a war crime.

    Now what?

  • amerikagulag

    The Sayanim are out in full force

  • Zev Goldman

    The Balfour Declaration that provided land for the nation of Israel also provided loan for an Arab state that would have been for those now known as Palestinians. The offer was declined, therefore, Egypt and Jordan stole the land.

    • Zev Goldman

      How about land,not loan.