Israel Bombs Gaza Back to the Stone Age … as Collective Punishment

Israel Commits War Crimes In Gaza

We previously noted:

Israel is currently bombing Gaza back to the stone age ….


Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said:

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

Or as Haaretz puts it:

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages ….”

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


Indeed, the UN has repeatedly found Israeli’s actions in Gaza to be a war crime. See this, this and this.

The same year, Gilad Sharon – the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – wrote an Op-Ed in the Jerusalem Post saying:

We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

“There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

Many observers allege that Israel is intentionally targeting essential infrastructure such as water supplies.

Israel has now bombed Gaza’s only power plant –  knocking out power for a year – and so Gazans are being urged to ration water as pumps grind to a halt.

Israel has also repeatedly bombed UN shelters for civilians … killing scores of women and children.

And as AntiWar reports:

Earlier today, the Israeli military announced a four-hour “humanitarian lull in the Gaza Strip, giving civilians in the strip a chance to go out and try to find food at the marketplaces, or so they thought.

Instead, Israel let hundreds of civilians pour into the Shejaiya marketplace and then attacked it long before the truce expired, killing at least 17 civilians and wounding 160 others.

It was one of several Israeli attacks reported during the four-hour “lull,” almost entirely focusing on civilian targets, and by all accounts so far killing exclusively civilians.

Daily Beast writes, in an article entitled, “Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age“:

The already brittle civilian infrastructure lay in shards. The Gaza City port had been bombed and the finance ministry was flattened. Tens of thousands more people had fled their homes as Israeli flares lit up the night sky, and shells and rockets pounded residences, businesses and government buildings.


Few in Gaza will see a campaign that has now targeted civilian infrastructure as anything less than collective punishment for having a leadership that fights back.


The power plant is a loss with particularly far-reaching consequences. According to Hayat abu Salah, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), it will need major repairs before it can be put back on line. “This will affect the provision of water and sanitation services,” she said. “It will impact the operation of health facilities.”

With more wounded pouring into Gaza hospitals every day, they are already stretched. The emergency room of Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital is running out of supplies and was already coping with massive complications created by power cuts. The maternity ward has lost premature babies because it was unable to keep the incubators running.

This is not the first time Israel has knocked out Gaza’s power plant and targeted essential infrastructure. Indeed, this is almost part of a standard playbook. Following Hamas’ kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, Israel plunged Gaza into darkness with a retaliatory strike on the power plant. The bombing and escalation in Gaza set off a series of events that led to a full-on war in Lebanon as well as Gaza.
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  • Carl_Herman

    Strong, GW; thank you.

    Eventually, people will recognize these are Orwellian crimes, demand their end, and sufficient support of the “leaders” doing these War Crimes (including lying corporate media) will be removed to end their power.

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  • This is not a run of the mill Israeli operation.
    Israel is poised for their own “final solution” on the civilians in Gaza.

    This a multi-faceted operation that is well beyond military operations in Gaza. The is a steady stream of propaganda. Comment trolls are literally EVERYWHERE in every comment section of every story on Gaza. As if the morality of murder was a debatable issue!

    The UN will soon pull out all staff for safety reasons.

    Mark my words , pictures and film out of Gaza (No electrical power = no camera) will soon end and that’s when the slaughter will truly begin.

    They need some “more important “event to take Gaza off the news first.

  • Every report of Israel bombing a U.N. refugee shelter or school or hospital is accompanied by Israel saying someone was “firing rockets” from it, that’s why they bombed it. Does anyone believe that? That would mean “Islamic terrorists” are following the refugees around WITH ROCKETS BTW into these facilities and no one sees them bringing in rockets and firing them!

    Which leads back to my original thought: is there “ROCKETS FROM GAZA” to begin with?

  • BuelahMan

    Excellent piece. And not a single Nazi reference to what these Jews in Israel are doing.

  • Spotlight

    The good people of conscience should not rest until the Israeli war criminals are brought to justice for their heinous crimes against humanity.