From The Times online
QUOTE Chris Gunness, a UNRWA spokesman, said that the building had been used to shelter hundreds of people fleeing Israel’s 20-day offensive in Gaza. He said that pallets with supplies desperately needed by Palestinians in Gaza were on fire.
"What more stark symbolism do you need?" he said. "You can’t put out white phosphorus with traditional methods such as fire extinguishers. You need sand, we don’t have sand."
The Israeli military has denied using white phosphorus shells in the Gaza offensive, although an investigation by The Times has revealed that dozens of Palestinians in Gaza have sustained serious injuries from the substance, which burns at extremely high temperatures.
The Geneva Convention of 1980 proscribes the use of white phosphorus as a weapon of war in civilian areas, although it can be used to create a smokescreen. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said today that all weapons used in Gaza were "within the scope of international law". UNQUOTE
If these atrocities were carried out by any other middle eastern country there would be sanctions and possibly military intervention. Saddam stepped over the line in Kuwait and look what he got. The international inaction on this matter reveals something cloaked and sinister in western democracy. Racism, apartheid and a tolerance for genocide.
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From The Toronto Star
Good for the Canadian Jewish ladies who occupied the Israeli consulate in Toronto last week, bringing some attention to the fact that many American and Canadian Jews disagree with Israel's policy vehemently.
QUOTE Eight Jewish Canadian women who were arrested while holding a protest inside the Israeli consulate have been released.
The RCMP arrested and handcuffed the women, who were staging a sit-in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza inside the consulate at 180 Bloor St. W. The women were held briefly inside a paddy wagon, but were not charged and were released.
Included in the group were Israeli peace activists, filmmakers, the president of Science for Peace and a variety of students.
"Israel purports to represent all Jews worldwide and these atrocities are not being committed in our name," said spokesperson and filmmaker Cathy Gulkin, standing outside of the consulate. UNQUOTE