White Phosphorus (WP)


News, tonight, that Israel used Willy Pete during its bombing of Gaza. Doctors treating patients couldn’t figure out how to treat burns that were still smouldering, and Israel finally owned up. One news report on the CBC showed a girl of about 5 or 6 whose thumb had to be cut off, as it was still burning days after the attack. The Global Security website’s White Phosphorous page says this:

Israel used White Phosphorus against HAMAS targets in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. This violated no international laws or conventions.

Unsurprisingly, it says nothing about the violation of dignity and human life.

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