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

Minister Eli Yishai

Minister Eli Yishai

As the assault on Gazans continue, an ominous statement from the next in-line to Israel’s PM.

What if they were Muslim?

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 aHazardous 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 thisthis andthis.  The current campaign certainly includes war crimes as well.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister: “We Must Blow Gaza Back to the Middle Ages Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water” was originally published on Washington’s Blog

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  • God

    Israel want to survive must destroy Hamas 100% if not you will be destroyed ! Don’t be kind that only way to survive ! Allah will help you !

  • Chameleon

    @Rookie,

    Yes, unfortunately, this is their typical Machiavellian strategy: keep the truth bottled up by any means necessary. I just posted this link to a documentary called “Death in Gaza” on the “feature” LW article:

    I was trying not to be a spoiler for others, but let’s just say that this was supposed to be a two part HBO documentary, with part 1 (here) taking a look at the Gaza conflict on the ground from the Palestinian perspective and part 2 (never completed) taking a look at the conflict from the Israeli perspective. Your post gives a strong clue about why part 2 was never completed.

    By the way, I also highly recommended another award winning documentary (done by PBS) on that other post, which looked at the Gaza conflict from the perspective of young female conscripts in the Israeli military. It was called “To See if I’m Smiling” — very powerful stuff that really hit me to the core. Unfortunately, I cannot find a free link to it, but you can probably get it in on various video-on-demand pay sites.

  • rookie

    >>Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip have continued for the seventh day, with missile striking several locations, reportedly killing 20 people.

    Two cameramen from Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV were among the latest victims, a Hamas spokesman said, adding that they were killed as a strike hit a car in Gaza City clearly marked as a press vehicle.

    In the last two days, Israeli raids have hit two buildings housing international and local media, including Al Aqsa TV. Defending the attacks, Regev told Al Jazeera on Monday that Israel does not consider Hamas-affiliated reporters “legitimate journalists”. <<

    Well, now they decide who is legitimate journalist, a who is not.
    Huh???

    It seems that ground invasion on a smaller scale is now taking place.
    They neutralize everyone/everything that could spread the truth through mass media.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Dear Rookie, the Serbs too say that Bosniaks kill their own to gain the world’s symapthy and to provoke an international intervention. Enemies of Muslims will always say such horrible things to smear the Muslims as inhuman. To justify why they have to be liquidated.
    And I explained a while back what “land without a people for a people without a land” really means. That they had to ethnically cleanse the land, not that it was uninhabited. Ben Gurion himself said so, that they would take away the land from the Arabs.
    Having said that I want to make it unmiswtakably clear that I do not hate the Jews nor do I advocate their destruction. But I certainly have no symapthy for ziono-fascists like Meir Kahane or Avigdor Lieberman or other such. These are no better than the Nazis.

  • rookie

    I visited Spencers blog yesterday.
    That man is insane!!!
    He is a bastard, one cannot controll himself afterr reading his blatant lies.
    I mean, he is a psychpath.
    He claims that palestinians kill their own children thus provoking international reaction.
    As if international reactions were common in the past 50 or so years of murdering palestinian civilians….

    Now, you can remove my post, but I had to say this…

  • http://thekhanstah.wordpress.com khanstah

    ‘The following are also war crimes under the geneva convention. The indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force’

    This reminded me of Quran 2:190. ‘Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.’

  • Chameleon

    More behavior predicted by the racist/apartheid mandate of Israel. The objective is simple: to make the land uninhabitable for the Arabs so that they leave and become refugees, leaving the land open for future occupation, first via settlements then via annexation. It is just ethnic cleansing of a region in slow motion, sanitized and propaganda-justified as “self-defense” (in a war that they instigated), at least while the world is watching.

    What is desperately needed is a continued and increased focus by the media on what is happening on the ground in Gaza (and the West Bank) to undermine the fraudulent democratic and “self-defense” high ground that Israel currently occupies according to official U.S. government policy. What is also needed is an urgent international call for Israel to discard its race-based mandate and to finally adopt a Constitution that respects all races who have made this land their homeland, equally and without condition, across Israel AND the occupied territories. When they adopt such a democracy and enforce it, only then can they have the right to be considered a democracy instead of the fraud of a democracy that they are today.

  • Muhammad al-Hakeem

    Nothing new! Since when was Israel or any “international power” caring about human rights declaration or war crimes?!

    Such “laws” were originally passed to protect Israel and any colonial power against “the other.” Of course, the other is a sub-human species that does not deserve life or any similar rights.

  • http://danielibnzayd.wordpress.com/ Daniel Ibn Zayd

    This is the mentality of the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006. The entire infrastructure was destroyed, from roads and bridges to power plants and ports. A million people from the south were driven from their homes, and around 1500 or so civilians were killed. What is portrayed as defensive is actually offensive economically speaking; Israel refuses to allow competition with what it has stolen. Now that its slave labor is no longer from the occupied population, they become a superfluous drag. Also, the stability of any kind that a bogus country like Lebanon might eke out runs counter to the apartheid narrative, and thus cannot be allowed to exist. We were already all doomed by the colonialist parameters put in place here; we are even more doomed as long as this extreme-apartheid state stands in our midst, and others locally see it as a model to follow economically and/or politically speaking.

  • Benjamin Taghiov

    People a lot of times claim that Muslims indoctrinate their children, using them in pictures and PR-campaigns, parading with weapons. We have seen this on Memri and other Youtube video clips before.

    Of course, they are not the only people doing this.

    The Israelis are romanticizing their military culture, and they are obviously spoonfed with propaganda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.martinez.71066700 Ricky Martinez

    Disgusting, and then you hear many pro-Israel defenders expressing astonishment that people question the “defensive” nature of this assault.

  • Senor

    Many years ago Meir Kahane and and his political party we banned for saying things like this. One of Kahane’s most popular quotes was that he wish to drive the Arabs into the sea.

    Now this kind of rhetoric has become mainstream in Israel. Their standards have gotten a lot lower in recent years.

  • Crow

    Ive always thought if there was a bigger piece of shit than netanyahun, its this guy but not by much. If there is any justice in the world, all these scumbags will be on trial for their lives

  • mindy1

    Is this guy for real??? Is he seriously advocating genocide this time of year???? :( :(

  • rookie

  • Geoff Cavendish

    Oh I see. Defence is the name, attack is the game.

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