(thisongoingwar.blogspot.com)AFP reports that two more mortar shells were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning (Sunday). They landed in the Eshkol region, causing neither damage nor injuries which was not, of course, the intention of the terrorists who did the firing. The Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees militant group claimed responsibility.
Following police forensic tests it became clear this afternoon, according to Ynet, that both shells contained phosphorus, not for the first time. The phosphorus in mortar shells, when exposed to air, burns through anything with which it comes in contact. The phosphorus ignites on contact with oxygen and continues to burn as long as the ignition substance inside remains in contact with oxygen. Phosphorus shells are mostly used to hit exposed infantry, create smoke screens, and obstruct visibility for forces on the ground. Phosphorus causes extensive burns and damage to internal organs. Such shells are illegal under international law when fired at civilians.
Ynet is reporting this morning (9:00am Israel time) that a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open area south of Ashkelon. There are no reports of injury or damage, but this outcome is not what the terrorists want. Today’s Qassam comes after five mortar shells (possibly more) were fired into southern Israel yesterday from the northern Gaza Strip. Ynet says army sappers who examined the shells said some of them contained phosphorus, prohibited under the Geneva Convention for use as a weapon. Haaretz says yesterday’s barrage included a Qassam. Fortunately again, no injuries or damages were reported in Wednesday’s attacks – a tactical failure for the hatred-driven jihadists who are entirely focused on civilian targets.
Hamas Was Using
Palestinian militant group claims responsibility for mortar fire in retaliation for Israel’s killing of two militants in Gaza on Wednesday.Haaretz
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson confirmed Friday that IDF attacked three targets in the Gaza Strip, following a barrage of mortar bombs and rockets fired at the western Negev.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a long-range Grad rocket and seven mortar shells at western Negev on Friday, following a night-long barrage of Qassam rockets fired from the coastal enclave.
Police investigation showed that one of the mortar bombs fired at Hof Ashkelon council contained phosphorus.
“The IDF holds the Hamas solely responsible for the situation in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF announcement said.
Palestinian witnesses and Hamas officials said that Israeli fighter jets raided two targets in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported Friday.
Palestinian sources say five Palestinians were wounded in the attacks, one of which sent plumes of smoke shooting into the air in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, according to witnesses.
The Popular Resistance Committees, a Palestinian militant group, claimed responsibility for mortar fire, saying it was in retaliation for Israel’s killing of two militant leaders of an al-Qaeda linked group in Gaza on Wednesday.
Earlier on Friday Gaza militants fired a long-range Grad rocket into the western Negev.
The rocket exploded north of the Israeli town of Ofakim, with security forces struggling to pinpoint the exact location due to heavy morning fog.
The launch joined at least two earlier Qassam-rocket firings into western Negev, with no injuries or damages being reported; a third Qassam launch was reported a few hours following the firing of the Grad-type Katyusha.
The Goldstone Commission was concerned about how phosphorus bombs were used during Operation Cast Lead–but that was only because Israel was using them, even though they were used for the smoke and not for the damage it can cause.
Hamas was also using phosphorus bombs during that very same time. On January 14, 2009, Haaretz reported: For the first time, Gaza militants fire phosphorus shell at Israel:
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired their first phosphorus shell into Israel, which exploded in an open area in the Eshkol area in the western Negev.
No injuries or damage were reported.
The phosphorus shell came as Gaza militants fired at least 16 rockets at southern Israel throughout the day Wednesday, causing no casualties.
White phosphorus is not considered a chemical weapon. Militaries are permitted under laws of warfare to use it in artillery shells, bombs and rockets to create smoke screens to hide troop movements as well as bright bursts in the air to illuminate battlefields at night.
However, the substance can cause serious burns if it touches the skin and can spark fires on the ground.
Human Rights Watch on Sunday accused Israel of firing artillery shells packed with white phosphorus over populated areas of Gaza during recent fighting, including a crowded refugee camp, putting civilians at risk.
Israel maintains that it uses munitions in complete accordance with international law.
Now it looks that Hamas, which has not got around to responding to the Goldstone Report, is at it again. Elder of Ziyon points out this report from YnetNews:
At least two of the nine mortar shells fired Wednesday into Eshkol Regional Council were phosphorus bombs, police confirmed after initially declining the corroborate a claim made by the area’s security officer.
Police sappers examined and identified the two phosphorus bombs. …Police said that this is not the first time phosphorus bombs have been fired from Gaza.
…so it wasn’t just Israel, the United States, Russia and everyone else
and in Norway where the country was so outraged that Israel followed the same procedure as any other nation?
It appears Aftenposten is unable to relate events as they happen in Israel, at least judging by what they chose to print.
Whilst it did print a story about a Hamas operative who was shot and killed when refusing to cease approaching soldiers during a raid in the West Bank , it totally ignores the barrage of rockets, including Katyushas (the ones, which according to Norwegian journalists who enjoy the cheap beer and booze in Israel, provoke nothing but a minor itch, as by a mosquito bite), shells containing phosphorous that has fallen over villages and towns in Israel proper during the Jewish New Year festival. More than 50.000 innocent civilians have had to stay close to shelters, rather than enjoying peaceful New Year celebrations with family and friends.
For the uninitiated, Hamas operatives take great pride in killing and maiming anyone, Jew or Arab, as long as this can derail the ongoing peace talks between Israel and the PA, a minor fact omitted in any Aftenposten piece on Israel you would care to read.
It goes without saying that Aftenposten and the rest of the media pack in Norway thinks it wholly irrelevant to mention the fact that Hamas has as a stated goal to eradicate Israel and murder as many Jews as possible in the process.
To the moral supremacists in Norway none of this is of importance, and if they have to lie and distort in order to have their version of the “truth” prevail, so be it.
On reflection, maybe these left wing loonies have confused Karl Marx with Groucho Marx? On seeing how selective their moral concerns are, it is tempting to reach this conclusion, as it seems they all live by the wise words of Groucho: The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
The ‘Palestinians’ have admitted that they shot rockets laden with white phosphorus into Israel on Wednesday. The ‘Palestinians’ claim that they got the chemical from Israeli rockets that did not explode during Operation Cast Lead.
An activists in one of the Palestinian organizations admitted in a conversation with Ynet that a number of the mortar shells fired on Wednesday into the Eshkol Regional Council indeed contained phosphorus. According to him, the phosphorus was extracted from Israeli rockets and missiles fired at the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead that did not detonate.
However, according to him, the Palestinian organizations do not intend to make extensive use of phosphorus bombs. “We don’t have the phosphorus the Israelis are speaking of,” he said.
But Israel used white phosphorus as a smokescreen, which is completely legal. The ‘Palestinians,’ on the other hand, attempted to use it as a chemical weapon. But hey, what’s another chemical weapon between friends?
of course their source for Phosphorous is probably not only stolen from Israel. What is Iran and Syria’s take on Phosphorous? I’m betting their army has that available for distribution to their allies
keep in mind this is haaretz.com I am quoting above. The finding does not aknowledge anything of the kind. It merely says two individuals might of gone heavy with their munitions. poor journalism.
Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg and Givati Brigade Commander Col. Ilan Malka, were the subject of disciplinary action by GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Gallant after headquarters staff found that the men exceeded their authority in approving the use of phosphorus shells that endangered human life, the Israeli government report said.
the more they repeat lies the more they think people will believe them: The http://xrl.us/Goldstone-Report was initiated by Organisation of The Islamic Conference and the media failed to explain the accusations were coming from hostile countries that had never recognized Israel’s existence. the white phospherus accusation is much like the organ bandit accusation that Ms. Amapour of CNN accused Israel of doing in Haiti getting the idea from the Swedish press:
“Haiti’s Prime Minister just told me he has reports confirming child & organ trafficking happening here in Haiti now.”