Jerusalem Post Reports IDF Violations of Laws-of-War
Israelis take comfort in the belief that the IDF does all it can to spare civilians, but its shelling of Gaza calls that belief into question. Two kinds of artillery shells selected for use in Gaza - one as an "obscurant," the other as a weapon - were utterly inappropriate for the densely populated areas where the IDF deployed them. Their use violated the IDF's obligations under the laws of war.
The IDF, Jerusalem Post also reports, holds Hamas, elected by the Palestinians, as wholly responsible for civilian casualities and deaths. The report adds that the IDF is using a rhetoric of denial and obfuscation to avoid any war crime charges from developing a 'hearts and minds' component that would compel the Israeli leaders to defend their use of weapons outlawed n urban war zones with high numbers of civilians - white phosphorus bombs packed with 116 phosphorus soaked wedges that burn intensely and set fires and cause 1st degree burn, as well as, 155 mm high explosive artillery that injure civilians from scrapnel and blast force in a radius of 300m. Hundreds of both waepons were approved and used in Gaza by the Israeli leadership and military.
The world must know the reason why? There is a good independent video up on the Guardian website that offers more grounds for Demands grow for Gaza war crimes investigation