GAZA TRAGEDY A WAR CRIME
Re: President Trump has squandered his chance for Mideast peace
What’s the appropriate response to Israel’s s shooting dead, of dozens of unarmed civilians in Gaza on May 14 – a total of over 100 such killings since March 30, when the March of Return began(with 2700 injured, 1300 being shot, none of them Israelis)?
These are essentially state executions. They constitute war crimes against humanity. The victims have both the right to return to the land from which they were dispossessed by Israel, and the right under international law to resist the illegal, oppressive and life-threatening occupation and siege to which they are subjected.
The correct response is for the United Nations to raise a force to arrest the killers, charge them with murder, and bring them to trial before the International Criminal Court.
In contrast, our Prime Minister calls for an investigation of these admittedly ‘inexcusable acts,’ knowing full well what happened to the investigations into the 2008-9 and 2014 Gaza massacres. The United States rendered them inoperable.
The Record says Israel ‘should be making a far greater effort to mitigate the loss of civilian life.’ That is, aim the dumb-dumb bullets at the legs, not the heads.
Thus do the Canadian government and media continue to enable Israel’s 70-year campaign to cleanse Palestine of Palestinians.
PALESTINIANS COULD HAVE PREVENTED GAZA TRAGEDY
There were two tragedies in Gaza, on May 14. The first was that Palestinians died. The second was that Israel, its security wall, and its army were threatened with obliteration, and were forced to take such measures.
Militant, terrorist Palestinian leaders cynically incited a vulnerable mob to attack a secure fortification, with no concern for the lives and safety of their fellow-citizens, just to make a political statement. The heavily-armed leaders remained mostly safe, well behind their cannon fodder.
Just because none of those killed possessed guns, they were far from unarmed. They had stones and slings, like David killed Goliath with. They had Molotov cocktails. The defenders were not to know who had guns – or rockets, or high explosives.
“Dum-dum bullets” fragment on impact. I believe that Ed meant mushrooming bullets, though, other than his letter, I have read no mention of their use in this fray.
Any police officer will tell that they are trained to fire at center of mass. When a screaming mob, intent on your death and destruction attacks, there is no time for the niceties of aiming for rapidly-moving legs. All shots are to be toward the center of the mob. Even if hundreds of legs were maimed, apologists like Ed would probably complain about the number of cripples created.
Israel was created by the United Nations, in an area that they had been dispossessed from by the Arabs, and it has the right to protect its existence. ‘Under siege’ means to be surrounded. Palestinians are not under siege by Israel. They may move back at any time. Israel is surrounded by, and under siege from militant Muslims, whose rallying cry is to kill all Israelis, and drive them into the sea.
There are two sides to every story. Both sides of this one were regrettable, but to blame Israel for something that Palestinian leaders created, is biased and wrong.
(Both sides now)