World View: Israel and Hamas Accuse Each Other of War Crimes
- Israel and Hamas accuse each other of war crimes
- US Embassy in Tel Aviv closes due to rocket fire from Gaza
- Measles spreading rapidly in China
Israel and Hamas accuse each other of war crimes
The United Nations is expected to hold crisis talks on the
Israel-Hamas war on Thursday, as the war escalates.
On Wednesday, Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations,
Riyad Mansour, said the following:
The intensification of Israel’s aggression against
the 1.7 million Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip by
Israel’s immoral blockade threatens to further destabilize the
dangerous situation on the ground and fully ignite yet another
round of deadly violence...
[T]he occupying Power has intensified its onslaught against the
besieged Gaza Strip in grave breach of international law,
including international humanitarian law and the relevant
provisions regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict
and in grave breach of the prohibition of reprisals and collective
punishment against the civilian population under occupation...
War crimes are clearly being perpetrated by Israel against the
Palestinian people and this must be unequivocally condemned and
stopped. A strong message must be sent to Israel, the occupying
Power, to cease immediately its military campaign and abide by the
law, in order to deescalate this dangerous situation, to promote
calm, and, most importantly, to save innocent civilian
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor responded, making
the following points which I'm summarizing from memory:
- No country in the world would tolerate rockets from an
adjoining country targeting civilians in its own country.
- Israel is targeting military installations and taking
exceptional care to avoid civilians, even messaging Gazans
with locations prior to strikes.
- However, Hamas is committing war crimes by crowding civilians
around military installations to act as human shields.
Prosor's charge is confirmed by a Hamas spokesman in an interview,
translated by Memri, when asked about people "reverting to the human
shield method" of opposing Israel:
This attests to the character of our noble,
Jihad-fighting people, who defend their rights and their homes
with their bare chests and their blood. The policy of people
confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order
to protect their homes has proven effective against the
occupation. Also, this policy reflects the character of our brave,
courageous people. We in Hamas call upon our people to adopt this
policy, in order to protect the Palestinian homes.
According to Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Hamas is committing a double war crime by
intentionally trying to hit Israeli citizens, and using the local
Gaza population as human shields.
The rhetoric appears to be heating up to the extent that neither side
is giving itself a way to back down. Tensions are rising and events
are moving quickly in the Mideast. It's still possible that things
will settle down and return to the usual status quo, but it's also
possible that we'll be seeing a major war within a week or two.
WAFA (Palestine) and Memri and
US Embassy in Tel Aviv closes due to rocket fire from Gaza
The US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, has been closed and is providing
only "minimal services," mostly by e-mail. Some rockets and missiles
that have been launched from Gaza in the last few days have reached as
far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. According to a leaked United Nations
report, it's believed that Iran has been supplying Hamas with
long-range M-302 missiles. US Embassy in Israel and
Jerusalem Post and CS Monitor
Measles spreading rapidly in China
The number of cases of measles is growing rapidly in China this year.
The rise in the number of cases is being blamed on the number of
migrant workers -- 245 million migrant workers, or 18% of the
population -- and the fact that migrant workers haven't been getting
vaccinations. China Digital Times
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Gaza, Israel, Riyad Masour, Ron Prosor,
Benjamin Netanyahu, China, measles
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