War crimes in Gaza

Source: IPS
One of the first targets of Israeli commandos raiding the Free Gaza flotilla was the international media. Photographers were attacked, and journalists had their video, audio and other communications equipment confiscated. The equipment has still not been returned. By Mel Frykberg. June 2010. [see more]
An international chorus of condemnation has blasted Israel over its last military assault on Gaza. Operation Cast Lead, which started on 27 December 2008, has claimed the lives of 1.340 Palestinians -including 106 women and 492 children- and more than 5.300 injured.

Israel claims to be acting in self-defense against Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, but a six-month ceasfire was actually broken by an Israeli military attack on November 4, killing six Hamas militants. In retaliation for the attack, Hamas launched some 35 Qassam rockets into Israeli territory on November 5 which, in turn, provoked Israel to severely tighten its then-17-month-old economic siege of the Palestinian territory.

According to Oxford professor of International Relations Avi Shlaim, who served in the Israeli army, “Israel's objective is not just the defence of its population but the eventual overthrow of the Hamas government in Gaza by turning the people against their rulers. And far from taking care to spare civilians, Israel is guilty of indiscriminate bombing and of a three-year-old blockade that has brought the inhabitants of Gaza, now 1.5 million, to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.”

While a United Nations Security Council resolution (on January 8) called “for an immediate durable and fully respected ceasefire” that Israel refused to fulfill, the humanitan disaster continued to grow. The UN suspended its aid operations in Gaza because its staff was hit by Israeli attacks. And the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) accused the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) of deliberately delaying ambulances and not assisting the wounded, in clear violation of the Geneva Convention (1948).

Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire on 17 January 2009, saying that it reached its military operation’s aims. According to the BBC, Hamas declared its own truce a bit later, quoting one of its leaders calling a ‘huge victory’ over the Israeli army, which could not affect the group’s capacity to launch rockets.

Meanwhile, 1.340 Palestinian –according to Palestinian sources- and 13 Israelis have died since the beginning of Operation ‘Cast Lead’. More than 4.000 Gaza buildings have been destroyed, and more than 20.000 were damaged. The BBC said that tens of thousands in the Gaza Strip are now homeless.
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Monday, June 07 2010
Beatings, abuse, doctored evidence emerge
(Source: IPS)
Monday, June 07 2010
Israeli commandos kill activists on flotilla bound for Gaza
(Source: Guardian)
Tuesday, February 23 2010
Israel's contemptuous response to Goldstone findings
(Source: The Electronic Intifada)

Actions and campaigns

Join the Global BDS Action Day, March 30th! (Global BDS Movement)

International Students for Social Equality meetings in Britain (World Socialist Web Site)

Agricultural sector losses as a result of the Israeli aggression against Gaza Strip (La Vía Campesina)

Gaza orgs: Silence is complicity (The Electronic Intifada)

Let's collect 500000 signatures to support the Palestinians in Gaza (FaceBook)

Global DBS Movement

Gaza: stop the bloodshed (Avaaz.org)

Analysis and opinions

Israel's contemptuous response to Goldstone findings (The Electronic Intifada)

Harsher Gaza war looming on horizon? (IPS)

UN must act on Goldstone and the PA must be dissolved (The Electronic Intifada)

Universal jurisdiction once again under threat (Electronic Intifada)

Border areas bombed again (IPS)

Gaza donor conference: conspiracy wrapped up as compassion (World Socialist Web Site)

The aftermath of Israel's offensive into Gaza: a human rights perspective (AWID)

Americans are funding and supporting genocide (Countercurrents.org)

Uses of genocide: Kenya, Georgia, Israel, Sri Lanka (openDemocracy)

The Gaza war and the Syria-Israel front (World Socialist Web Site)

BBC's "impartiality" anything but (The Electronic Intifada)

The shortcut to peace (The Electronic Intifada)

The post-Gaza world (Tehran Times)

Is humanitarianism in Gaza a continuation of war by other means? (AlertNet)

“Existential” threat (Transnational Institute)

Reason for war? (Transnational Institute)

State terrorism against Gaza (Countercurrents.org)

The plot against Gaza (The Electronic Intifada)

"Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009 (ZNet)

Gaza's hell: Why the EU must change its policy (FRIDE)

Gaza: waging useless war? (FRIDE)

After the invasion: Building the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign against Israel (Pambazuka)

An unnecessary war (The Washington Post)

A crisis of dignity in Gaza (openDemocracy)

Gaza: a cry for justice (Share The World's Resources)

Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe (Share The World's Resources)

Who will save Israel from itself? (Al Jazeera)

Blueprint for Gaza attack was long planned (The Electronic Intifada)

When pressed, just repeat yourself (MIFTAH)

The Gaza genocide (Choike)

How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe (The Guardian)

Holocaust denied: the lying silence of those who know (AntiWar)

Why do so few speak up for Gaza? (Truthdig)

The Gaza Crisis: December 2008 (Transnational Institute)

NGO reports

Gaza's civilians, still unable to rebuild one year after Operation Cast Lead, 'betrayed' by international community (Oxfam)

Through women's eyes: Report on the gender-specific impact and consequences of Operation Cast Lead (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR))

Operation Cast Lead and the distortion of International Law (Al-Haq)

Fuelling conflict: Foreign arms supplies to Israel/Gaza (Amnesty International)

International Solidarity Movement

Human rights in Gaza and Israel during the hostilities

B’Tselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Legal aspects of Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip during 'Operation Cast Lead' (Al-Haq)

Amnesty International

Israel's war on information (SACSIS - the South African Civil Society Information Service)

Media coverage

Israeli commandos kill activists on flotilla bound for Gaza (Guardian)

Beatings, abuse, doctored evidence emerge (IPS)

"To shoot an elephant": a documentary by Alberto Arce

The Palestine Chronicle


The Guardian

The Electronic Intifada

Palestine Monitor

Al Jazeera

BBC News


Ensuring respect of international law to prepare for peace (International Federation for Human Rights)

The EU and OECD must not stay silent in the face of Israeli war crimes and human rights abuses (Arab Association for Human Rights)

Maltese civil society: Suspend EU-Israel agreement (The Electronic Intifada)

Solidarity with Palestine: Crisis Responses and Movement Building (Socialist Project - The Bullet)

Civil Society position paper on Israel's barbaric aggression on the Gaza Strip (The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO))

It won't stop until we talk (Parents Circle - Families Forum)

George Galloway on Gaza (Pulse)

STOP the military massacre in Gaza NOW! (People's Health Movement)

IFJ calls on Israel to release journalists arrested in Gaza (International Federation of Journalists)

A delegation of MEP's call for an immediate cease-fire and for the protection of civilian population (International Solidarity Movement)

FIDH letter to the UN Security Council (International Federation of Human Rights)

End the violence in Gaza (Change for Equality)

Joint Open Letter to the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention (Al-Haq)

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations (PHRO) renews its condemnation of the Israeli assualts in Gaza (doc) (Palestinian Human Rights Organizations (PHRO))

Statement by Prof. Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Poverty will devastate Palestinian people if there is not an immediate ceasefire in Gaza (GCAP)

Hamas speaks (The Palestine Chronicle)

Evidence of war crimes

UN report confirms war crimes in Gaza (UN)

Israeli soldiers admit 'shoot first' policy in Gaza (The Guardian)

Impunity for war crimes in Gaza and southern Israel a recipe for further civilian suffering (Amnesty International)

Precisely wrong: Gaza civilians killed by Israeli drone-launched missiles (Human Rights Watch)

UN accuses Israel of Gaza 'negligence or recklessness' (The Guardian)

The military has repeatedly violated medical ethic codes during its Gaza offensive (Physicians for Human Rights-Israel)

Investigating Israeli war crimes in Gaza (Countercurrents.org)

Israeli soldiers expose atrocities in Gaza (IPS)

Israel's war crimes (Countercurrents.org)

Israel is "guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide" against the Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip (NaiTazi)

Israel braces for wave of lawsuits (IPS)

ICC investigating Israel war crimes charges (IPS)

Turkey probes Israel's Gaza war crimes (The Palestine Chronicle)

Alarm spreads over use of lethal new weapons (IPS)

Israeli crimes against humanity in Gaza (Transnational Institute)

Israel's doctrine of destruction (Countercurrents.org)

Time for Israel to be put on trial (The Electronic Intifada)

Child victims of Gaza (Al Jazeera)

Nowhere left to hide in the Gaza Strip: even hospitals and UN humanitarian facilities under Israeli attack (Al-Haq)

Israel is experimenting new non-conventional weapons in Gaza (New Weapons Committee)

IFJ plans investigation into violations of press rights after new assault on media in Gaza (International Federation of Journalists)

The massacre in Gaza: check the facts (The Palestine Chronicle)

Israel gives war crimes a new face (MIFTAH)

Israel uses Gazans as human shields (The Palestine Chronicle)

Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza (The Palestine Chronicle)


Gaza reconstruction has a political price-tag (IPS)

United Nations information

UN News Centre

Gaza: A humanitarian and protection crisis unfolding (OCHA)

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN Security Council

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Occupied Palestinian Territories

Human Rights Council

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