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The BRussell Tribunal statement (see attachment) regarding the zionist apartheid regime of Israel war crimes currently in Lebanon is very important, of course. However, for those who are still vacillating there are even more horrifying facts which incriminate the rulers of the zionist apartheid regime of Israel : use of illegal chemical and radioactive weapons against the Arab people of Palestine and against the Arab people of Lebanon. The following report was downloaded from . It reads :

“Israel’s New Weapons: July 2006

Burning, Dissolving Shrapnel Reported in Gaza Chemical Payloads, Uranium Weapons Suspected in Lebanon

Palestinian injuries suggest Israel is using chemical weapons in Gaza
Ma’an News Service 7/11/2006

The Palestinian ministry of health revealed on Monday that the Israeli army has used a new type of explosive in its offensive on the Gaza Strip. These explosives contain toxics and radioactive materials which burn and tear the victim’s body from the inside and leave long term deformations.

The ministry called upon the international community and the humanitarian organizations to send an international medical community to examine the victims and confirm the truth about these banned weapons that Israel appears to be using.

The ministry showed that most of the injuries which the hospitals receive result from huge explosions which cause burning and severing of limbs, including the inner parts of the body. This causes long term deformations. It is added that doctors in Gaza have been forced to amputate limbs of at least 12 injured Palestinians as a result of injuries sustained in the current Israeli offensive on the Strip.

Israel ‘is using chemical ammunition’
Gulf News 7/11/2006

A doctor at a Palestinian hospital has accused Israel of using a type of chemical ammunition which causes burns and injuries in soft tissue and cannot be traced by X-ray.
Chemical or depleted uranium could have been used in producing the new type of ammunition according to Dr Jomaa Al Saqqa, head of the Emergency Unit at Gaza’s main medical facility, the Al Shifa Hospital.

In a telephone interview, Al Saqqa told Gulf News that operation Summer Rain was not just the code name of a military operation launched by Israel against Gaza since June 26.
“It is a live exercise on a new ammunition that, so far, has resulted in killing 50 Palestinians and injuring 200,” he said.

He said he was not yet sure about the kind of chemical being used because the Israeli Army had bombed the only criminal laboratory in Gaza on the first day of the assault.
Dr Saqqa who has been working in the Al Shifa Hospital for almost 10 years said he had never seen such wounds before.

“At the beginning of the Summer Rain operation I noticed that people’s wounds looked strange. I thought it was just because the attack was from a close distance or that the temperature of bullets penetrating the bodies of injured or killed people were so high they were causing burns. I later found out that all wounds referred to the hospital since the start of the operation were very similar.
“I also noticed that despite the damage in internal soft tissue in the bodies of injured people, the fragments were not detected by X-ray. In other words, they had disappeared or dissolved inside the body.”

Al Saqqa urged the international health authorities to come to Gaza and check the wounds of people in Al Shifa Hospital. “The situation is very bad because out of the 200 injuries there are 50 children who are suffering badly because of their internal wounds caused by the new kind of ammunition,” he said.

Gulf News contacted the spokesman for the Israeli Army but he was not available for comment.

Ministry of Health report on toxic Israeli weapons confirmed by Gaza City medical sources.
Director of Public Relations at Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital, Dr. Juma Al Sakka, confirmed the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s report from earlier this week which stated that Israeli forces are using toxic weapons in the Gaza Strip.

The doctor spoke on Thursday, giving the death count at 85 Palestinians in the Strip since the latest Israeli attack began. Among the dead are 34 children under the age of 13. And as of Thursday afternoon, 300 Palestinians are injured.

Dr. Al Sakka told Voice of Palestine Radio that the Israeli army is using new types of non-conventional weapons against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the recent attacks. He said, “They are targeting the Palestinian body with unconventional weapons and with that comes a phenomena we have not seen before in any Israeli bombardment we have lived through for many years.”

He continued, “The hospital is central and sees almost all cases of injuries and deaths as a result of Israeli against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. These Israeli bombings are entering the body and fragmenting, causing internal combustion leading to up to fourth degree internal burns, exposing the bone, and affecting the tissue and skin.” The doctor added, ‘These tissues die, they do not survive, which obliges us to perform arm or leg amputations, and there are fragments which penetrate the body and do not show up on X-rays. When entering the body they spark like a combustion firearm, but not chemically. They seem radioactive.”

He confirmed that there were dozens of wounded legs and arms. Many of them had been burned from the inside, and distorted to the point that they cannot return to life again.

Yesterday, Wednesday, was one of the most bloody of all in the recent attacks. Israeli forces killed 25 Palestinians. Dr. Al Sakka said, “It is escalating day after day. Yesterday alone Israeli forces killed 25 and injured dozens. Among them so many were children.”
Dr. Al Sakka revealed that the Israelis completely destroyed by the lab which would help in diagnosing such cases. “We no longer have the ability to make these examinations on phenomena that we see is not normal.”

He called on the international community to examine the latest weapons however the doctor reported that “no one has lifted a finger.” Dr. Al Sakka complained that he did not see any foreign medical institution interested in the use of new weapons and their affects on the human body. He said, “What we found were journalists who came to take pictures, but as for the medical community, nothing.”
Israel intensifies Gaza action
AlJazeera 7/11/2006

Palestinian medics said on Tuesday that patients treated in Shifa hospital in Gaza and bodies at the mortuary presented unusual burns, raising concerns that Israel was using chemical weapons.

Israel has begun fresh air strikes in the Gaza Strip after pledging to intensify its military offensive on the territory that has killed 51 Palestinians in two weeks.
One Palestinian was killed and four others wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes in the northern industrial zone of Bait Hanun, medics said on Tuesday.
The Israeli military confirmed an air raid in the Bait Hanun area of northern Gaza, the site of two earlier strikes on Tuesday.
Israeli aircraft also carried out two overnight air strikes against a bridge in the northern Gaza Strip and against a “gunman” west of the Karni transit point for goods entering and leaving the Palestinian territory, a spokesman said.
Ground troops are massed on the eastern and northern border of the impoverished territory – one of the most densely populated areas on earth – and are also stationed east of Gaza City and in the south near a defunct airport.

Israel says the massive operation is to secure the release of a captured soldier on June 25, and halting Palestinian rocket attacks.

Palestinian medics said on Tuesday that patients treated in Shifa hospital in Gaza and bodies at the mortuary presented unusual burns, raising concerns that Israel was using chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, Israeli defence sources said the government had given the military the green light to continue and, if necessary, intensify the so-called Summer Rain offensive with infantry and armour poised to carry out “in depth” incursions.
The approval was granted during consultations late on Monday between Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, and the defence minister, Amir Peretz, who faced their biggest test since the new Israeli government took office on May 4.
Olmert is due to hold talks with military commanders on Tuesday with a view to continuing the offensive, the largest operation since Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in September.

In Shifa hospital, Dr al-Saqqa said most of the dead bodies taken to the facility were torn apart and completely burnt.

“Even bodies of the injured have been almost completely burnt. They have been deformed in a very ugly way that we have never seen before,” he told Aljazeera channel.
Al-Saqaa, who heads the hospital’s emergency service, said relatives had been unable to identify the dead victims.
“When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no trace of the shrapnel that hit the person killed,” he said, adding that the bodies seemed to have been chemically burnt.
“We are sure that Israel is using a new chemical or radioactive weapon in the new operation. More than 25% of the injured are children, aged under 16.”
Four teenagers playing football were among the dead on Monday.
At least 51 Palestinians have been killed since the operation started two weeks ago. An Israeli soldier also died as a result of “friendly fire”, according to the Israeli military.

Doctors Report Unusual Weapon Used in Gaza
Free Speech Radio News 5/7/2005

Israel continues its air strikes in the Gaza Strip today, killing one and injuring four others. This, as staff members at a Gazan hospital accuse the Israeli army of using unconventional weapons in its attacks. Manar Jibrin reports.
Missiles fired from Apache helicopters killed at least one person and seriously injured two others in Biet Hanoun today. Israeli tanks shelled the main bridge leading to Biet Hanoun, destroying it and damaging several nearby houses.
Meanwhile, Palestinian medics are now saying that patients at the Shifa hospital in Gaza city and some bodies at the local morgue have unusual burns, raising concerns that Israel was using chemical weapons in its attacks on the Gaza Strip. Dr Jumaa Al Saqa the PR person in the hospital: “When the shrapnel hit the body, it causes very strong burns that destroy the tissues around the bones. When these shrapnel enters the body, it burns and destroys internal organs, like the liver, kidneys, and the spleen and other organs and makes saving the wounded almost impossible. As a surgeon, I have seen thousands of wounds during the Intifada, but nothing was like this weapon.”
The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt remains closed after two weeks. Three out at least 4000 stranded there have died. Those stranded include an estimated 580 people who had traveled to Egypt for medical care.

Poison Gas Used on Villages in South Lebanon
Wayne Madsen Report 7/20/2006

July 20, 2006 — WMR reported that the Israeli military was using poison gas on villages in south Lebanon. According to a former U.S. weapons expert who served in Iraq, the artillery shell in a photo taken in Lebanon (below) is a chemical weapon delivery device. It is being handled by an Israeli Defense Force soldier and Hebrew lettering can be clearly seen on the armored vehicle. Another chemical weapons shell of the same type can be seen lying on the ground to the right. It is not known what type of chemical is in the chemical canister, however, gas dropped by the Israelis in villages in southern Lebanon has resulted in severe vomiting among the civilian population.
Media commentators have scoffed that Israel, with its relatively unique history, would ever use chemical weapons or poison gas in any war. It is precisely because of that perception that they are using such weapons. The deniability factor prevents the media from taking seriously the credible reports of banned weapons being used by the Israelis.
Wayne Madsen is a former U.S. Naval officer who was assigned to the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration.

Depleted Uranium, Gas Reported in Lebanon
Wayne Madsen Report 7/16/2006

July 16, 2006 — EXCLUSIVE TO WMR. Our intelligence sources in Lebanon have reported to us exclusively that Israel is now using poison gas and depleted uranium shells on towns in the south of Lebanon. Residents of the small village of Kasarshoba became violently ill, experiencing severe vomiting, after the Israelis hit the village with poison gas. In other cases, underground shelters in southern Lebanon were hit by Israeli depleted uranium shells. Our sources also report that the entire southern suburbs of southern Beirut, with a population of 800,000, have been totally depopulated. Israel has targeted thousands of civilian homes for destruction.
Meanwhile, Israeli government spokespersons and Bush administration officials took to the Sunday morning talking head programs in Washington to defend Israel’s barbarous actions. The networks failed to present the views of Lebanese government spokespersons. Israel’s and the Bush administration’s line is that Israeli attacks are “precision targeted.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pointedly refused to criticize Israel on ABC’s This Week.
Israeli Kadima (ex-Likud) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert joins Ariel Sharon in annals of Israeli leaders who committed war crimes in Lebanon.
American media is failing to report that the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, like the U.S. attacks in Iraq, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Additional Protocols governing military attacks on civilians by governments that are parties to the conventions:
– Civilians are not to be subject to attack. This includes direct attacks on civilians and indiscriminate attacks against areas in which civilians are present.
– There is to be no destruction of property unless justified by military necessity.
– Warring parties must not use or develop biological or chemical weapons.

Other Recent Reports of Chemical Warfare in Occupied Palestine:
Poison Gas Attacks
1. Video clip of gas victims suffering in the hospital: Excerpt from Gaza Strip, a documentary by James Longley
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2. Interviews, Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, March – April 2001 – From: Selected Interviews, recorded for the documentary film Gaza Strip by James Longley, transcripts: Regarding the use of an unidentified gas by the Israeli Defense Forces During the week of February 12, 2001 in the Khan Younis Refugee Camp:
3. February 12, 2001: Statements by Dr. Yasser Sheikh Ali, Nasser Hospital, and Dr. Salakh Shami, Amal Hospital,
3. February 13, 2001: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Weekly Report, Feb. 8 – 14, 2001,
4. February 14, 2001: Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 14, 2001
5. February 15, 2001: CNN Asia: Arafat accuses Israel of using poison gas, February 16, 2001
6. February 18, 2001: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Weekly Report, Feb. 15 – 21, 2001,
7. State of Palestine, Ministry of Health, Health Information Center, June 23, 2001: Ministry Of Health Calls Upon The International Community To Save International Protection For The Palestinian People
8. March 2, 2001: Palestinian Center for Human Rights Weekly Report, March 1 – 7, 2001 (contains typographical error incorrectly listing incident as occurring “Friday, February 22")
9. March 26, 2001: Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report, March 22 – 29, 2001,
10. March 30, 2001: Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report, March 29 – April 4, 2001,
11. April 5, 2001: Vale of tears: Tear or poison gas? By Jonathan Cook, in the West Bank, investigates evidence of a new war crime Al-Ahram Weekly On-line, 5 – 11 April 2001, Issue No.528
12. Symptoms: See Symptoms: The Israeli Poison Gas Attacks
13. Tareg Bey, chemical weapons expert: Gas Attack/What Was It?/News Bites, Michael Miner, Chicago Reader, August 23, 2002? Reader Archive—Article: 2002/020823/HOTTYPE
14. James Longley quote: Selected Interviews, recorded for the documentary film Gaza Strip
15. October 9, 2003: What gas is Israel using?, by Jennifer Loewenstein and Angela Gaff, Electronic Intifada, 10/9/2003
16. October 11, 2003: Israeli invasion of Gaza refugee camps leave 7 dead and 65 injured meanwhile strict lock down of Palestinian territories continues, Palestine Monitor, 10/11/2003
17. October 11, 2003: Eyewitness account of the invasion of Rafah, by Laura Gordon, International Middle East Media Center, 10/14/2003
18. June 11, 2004: Sharon Praised While Wall Construction Continues, Gush Shalom, 6/11/2004
NOTE: For additional reporting and references regarding these attacks, please see:
The Israeli Poison Gas Attacks of 2001: A Preliminary Investigation, James Brooks , VTJP
Dispersing Demonstrations—Or Chemical Warfare?, James Brooks, July 12, Electronic Intifada,
Tear Gas
1. Tear Gas – Harassing Agent or Toxic Chemical Weapon?, Hu, Fine et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, August 4, 1989, Volume 262
2. Choking the Truth to Death: More CAMERA Fabrications, by Ali Abunimah, April 3, 2000
3. ?LET THEM SUFFOCATE?: Police Brutality during House Demolition in Upper Galilee Village of al-Bea?neh, February 25, 2004, Arab Association for Human Rights,
Additional Threats
Israel’s poisonous aerial spraying of Negev crops illegal, endangers health of Bedouin villagers, Press Release, Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA), 6 July 2004
Dimona?s Buried Nuclear Waste Spreads Cancer and Sterility in Southern Hebron and Negev, International Press Center, July 6, 2004
Dimona Reactor? a Mystery Threatening the Middle East, International Press Center, September 18, 2003”



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