The Great Hippo wrote:
My other issue:
The Article wrote:"But as grave as the injuries caused by white phosphorus are, there are a number of weapons that were used in Gaza that killed and injured an awful lot more people," he adds.
I agree with this sentiment and I'm a little worried that the phosphorus issue--as bad as it is--might be a bit of a distraction. If it's found that the only irresponsible thing Israel is guilty of in this situation is the misuse of a certain sort of artillery round, I'll be pretty disappointed.
I think it's more this:
Israel has said that it's sole purpose in gaza was to eradicate the militants firing rockets, and that any other damage/death is collateral from that or due to resistance coming from those places/people.
Many people believe that this is not the case, and that in fact the aim was to break hamas both directly (through killing them all) and indirectly (by destroying infrastructure and causing as much damage as possible to turn the population against hamas*), and that they don't care about the lives of civilians.
There are also people who hold the opinion that the IDF was 'let off the leash', as it were, and that many actions on the ground served no purpose other than the whims of an invading force hostile to the population.
Potential evidence to support those beliefs/opinion would be things like: attacks on harmless and non-strategic targets (like, say, schools, and buildings owned by the UN who are seen to support the palestinians), the use of weapons that cause more pain and terror than traditional munitions, stuff like that.
Israel can defend against all allegations of collateral damage if they can persuade people militants were nearby, especially if the method fits with standard practice for flushing out combatants.
They can't justify attacks with things like phosphorus and against places full of civilians and no militants, so they tried to deny the phosphorus, and claim everywhere one of their shells landed was a source of fire against their forces.
This is an important issue, and one step on the road to getting Israeli government and army officials held accountable for what they've done.
phew. long post, and probably mostly pointless, but oh well.
*which is stupid if you ask me, it'll just cement the support.