Friday, March 27, 2009


Israel's use of white phosphorus artillery shells in Gaza was inappropriate because, you know, it's an indiscriminate weapon as opposed to Israeli convention artillery which seeks out and kills only uniformed combatants (of which there were none in Gaza). Seriously, the whole white phosphorus war crimes scenario is a cruel joke.

Human Rights Watch now says two children were killed when an expended M825A1 projectile struck the Beit Lahiya school in Gaza. This directly contradicts a contemporaneous account of the incident by John Ging, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), who says that two white phosphorus rounds exploded above the school with a single high explosive artillery round striking the school some minutes later. Ging alleges that this high explosive round killed "two little boys" at the school.

Who do we believe here? John Ging who says a high explosive round caused the fatalities or Human Right Watch which says the inert remnants of a white phosphorus round killed the two children. Actually, why should we believe either?

Perhaps if Jeremy did some research – any research – he could be taken seriously. Then again, artillery is a long way from his area of legal expertise: dentistry.


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