Israel

Metals detected in Palestinian children’s hair suggest environmental contamination

PRESS RELEASE: Many Palestinian children still living in precarious situations at ground level in Gaza after Israeli bombing during "Cast lead" have unusually high concentrations of metals in the hair, indicating environmental contamination, which can cause health and growth damages due to chronic exposure. This is the result of a pilot study conducted by the New Weapons Research Group (Nwrg), an independent committee of scientists and experts based in Italy, who is studying the use of unconventional weapons and their mid-term effects on the population of after-war areas.

The Health Effects of Exposure to Uranium and Uranium Weapons Fallout

The element uranium is the basis of and parent of almost all releases of radioactivity to the environment, yet curiously, until it began to be employed as a weapon, it had been quite neglected as a hazardous component of radioactive releases to the environment. It is not measured routinely near nuclear power stations or reprocessing sites. It is treated as if it were natural: which of course it is, but its concentration in these places, and the form it is released in is not.

Gaza Strip, soil has been contaminated due to bombings: population in danger


PRESS RELEASE

The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings in Gaza Strip have left a high concentration of toxic metals in the soil. Those metals can cause tumours and problems with fertility, and they can have serious effects on newly born babies, like deformities and genetic pathologies. The metals are in particular tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt.

Preliminary Report of Mission for Gaza, april 2009

ACHR is an NGO in special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Mission for Gaza, april 2009

Un Secretary-General's Message for 2009

Released on november the 6th 2009:

More than thirty
years since the massive defoliation campaigns of the Viet Nam War, and
nearly twenty since the extensive pollution caused by the destruction
of 600 oil wells in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War, the
environment continues to fall victim to armed conflict worldwide. 
Decades of protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, for example, have so
severely affected groundwater supplies upon which 1.5 million
Palestinians depend for drinking and agriculture that those supplies
are in danger of imminent collapse.

Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict

Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestine: draft resolution

The General Assembly

1. Endorses the report of the Human Rights Council on its twelfth special session, held on 15 and 16 October 2009;6

2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict 5 to the Security Council;

Independent Fact Finding Committee on Gaza

The Independent Fact Finding Committee on Gaza to the League of Arab
States was established in February 2009 with the tasks of investigating
and reporting on violations of human rights law and international
humanitarian law during the Israeli military offensive against Gaza
from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009 and collecting information on
the responsibility for the commission of international crimes during
the operation. The Committee comprised Professor John Dugard (South
Africa: Chairman), Professor Paul de Waart (Netherlands), Judge Finn

Radioactive weapons in the Gaza Strip

REPORT On the use of radioactive weapons in the Gaza Strip during « Operation Cast Lead » (27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009)

Disarm Israel: A Utopia or a Vision for Peace

July 28, 2009  
 
By Ilan Pappe

 
        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]

Q & A on Israel’s Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

January 10, 2009

Since the beginning of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza on January 3,
2009, there have been numerous media reports about the possible use by
the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of white phosphorus (WP), a chemical
substance used in military ordnance that has several tactical uses. The
IDF has told Human Rights Watch and reporters that it is not using WP
in Gaza. On January 7, an IDF spokesman told CNN, “I can tell you with
certainty that white phosphorus is absolutely not being used.”

 


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