Civilians, medics and investigators talk to the Guardian about allegations of war crimes during Israel's 23-day campaign in Gaza: the Guardian newspaper latest news section:
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel issues harsh report against IDF's conduct during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, saying Israel 'did not allow evacuation of injured civilians, prevented medical teams from reaching wounded'. PHR also reports 'dangerous trend of increasing disregard for obligation to protect medical personnel'Bologna giovane, ribelle e indolente
Brussels Press conference
Launch of the RUSSELL TRIBUNAL on Palestine production (4th of March 2009):
Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that
against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified
and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there
the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?
Read the full text: http://mondediplo.com/2009/03/03warcrimes
"Hope for improving health and quality of life of Palestinians will exist only once people recognise that the structural and political conditions that they endure in the occupied Palestinian territory are the key determinants of population health", states the first report in the Series.
Both Israel and Hamas used weapons supplied from abroad to carry out
attacks on civilians. This briefing contains fresh evidence on the
munitions used during the three-week conflict in Gaza and southern
Israel and includes information on the supplies of arms to all parties
to the conflict. It explains why Amnesty International is calling for a
cessation of arms supplies to the parties to the conflict and calling
on the United Nations to impose a comprehensive arms embargo.
Rome, January 9th, 2009 - Mounting evidence is emerging that Israel is experimenting new non-conventional weapons on civilian population in Gaza. "It is happening again what we saw in Lebanon two years ago", says Paola Manduca, genetics teacher and researcher at the University of Genoa and member of New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC), "where Israel used white phosphorus, Dense inert metal explosive (DIME), thermobaric bombs, cluster bombs and uranium ammunitions.Still today there are unexploded bombs and radioactivity on the ground".
Could the mystery over how depleted uranium might cause genetic damage be closer to being solved? It may be, if a controversial claim by two researchers is right. They say that minute quantities of the material lodged in the body may kick out energetic electrons that mimic the effect of beta radiation. This, they argue, could explain how residues of depleted uranium scattered across former war zones could be increasing the risk of cancers and other problems among soldiers and local people.
UN, Report of the Secretary-General
The report contains views of Member States and relevant international organizations on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium. The Secretary-General has, to date, received 17 reports from Governments and from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization.
Read the full text (french): UN_DU_Review24jul2008_63-170.pdf
Original title: Enriched and industrial uranium detected in civilians' urine that were exposed to the dust of Israeli rockets
Published on Lebanese newspaper Al Safir on March 6 2008