Monday, 1 February 2010

Israel army tacitly admits war crime

The disproportionate use of artillery against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip war last year, formerly denied by official Israeli spokesmen, has now been admitted by implication. Two officers, identified as Brig. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg and Col. Ilan Malka, have been reprimanded for their approving the firing of artillery shells toward a U.N. compound. This resulted in a blaze which destroyed thousands of kilograms of food and other aid, and wounded three people.

It was widely reported at the time that the attack involved the use of white phosphorus, though the Israeli authorities continue to deny that this was the case.

The reprimands may not be the end of the story. Israeli servicemen and women are not immune from prosecution in civilian courts.

1 comment:

Frank H Little said...

There is more evidence that the Goldstone Report got things right and that Israeli spin-doctors were wrong in Donald Macintyre's report in yesterday's Independent.

One wonders how aware is the average Israeli of what has been done in his or her name.