Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Russell Tribunal on Israel's genocidal war crimes in Gaza .... Part Three

Too painful to listen to but definitely an eye-opener.... especially on the oft repeated claim by Israel and Israel's supporters that Hamas uses Gazans as human shields.  The truth is exactly the opposite.  It is the  IDF using Gazan children and civilians as human shields.  

Below is testimony from Ivan Karakashian, Advocacy Unit Coordinator at Defense for Children International.
He tells of a 16 yr old who was stripped naked by the IDF and used as a human shield for 5 long days. The boy was starved .... no food, no water and no sleep. 
This is one of the most horrifying testimonies given at the Tribunal. The leaders of the Western countries along with their governments, which included even the opposition parties of those countries, stood by Israel while Israel committed these atrocities knowing they had the approval and permission of the West.  The deliberate targeting of civilians cannot be forgiven and should never be overlooked.  

AND, according to the witness below, Dr. Mohammad Abou-Arab, a doctor at the  Al Shifa Hospital, ambulances and medical personnel were deliberately targeted.  He also mentioned something about "Oslo agreement" does not allow shelters to be built in Gaza.  I didn't understand that bit. 

Following is part of his testimony:
“One ambulance worker shot in the head and bled to death while fellow workers were told if they tried to assist him, they would be killed too. Another worker burned to death in his ambulance after a missile attack against it – his colleague was severely injured in the attack, left with life-altering burn injuries. We are talking about Gaza firefighters, police officers, ambulance workers and other emergency services workers being routinely shot at by snipers and missiles by Israeli military. Anyone who knows anything about Palestinian society knows that no Palestinian would use a child or family as a human shield. Israel however routinely used Palestinians as human shields throughout this operation and those prior.”

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