Israeli Military Opened Fire On Civilians Waving White Flags: Report

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While many turn a blind eye, Israel has slowly become that which it hates. Last year Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) openly called for what any sensible person would recognize is genocide. Feiglin said that the Army must:

“…designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

After Palestinians are “concentrated” into these “encampments,” Feiglin says, “The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected,” and the areas would be  “shelled with maximum fire power.” The army would “exterminate” all who resisted.

Feiglin’s plan would force those who wished to stay in the country to “publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel.” Any Palestinians who chose to remain would be issued “a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.”

Such identification would also, of course, be similar to yellow badges Adolf Hitler’s regime forced Jewish people to wear. Israel has, simply put, forgotten the lessons of history.

Last week, a more than 200-page report on the findings of an independent fact-finding mission into the region was published. The findings are damning. Many who were injured or killed were in or around their homes, or those of friends and neighbors. The Israeli army often hit the same location multiple times. Heavy explosives were used in residential neighborhoods. Even rescue workers were killed by the indiscriminate attacks.

“A majority of hospitalised patients interviewed reported people being injured or killed while in, or very close to, their homes or those of relatives and neighbours,” the report notes, adding that there are numerous cases in which:

– significant numbers of casualties including members of the same family and rescuers were killed or injured in a single incident;

– ‘double tap’ or multiple consecutive strikes on a single location led to multiple civilian casualties and to injuries and deaths among rescuers;

– heavy explosives were used in residential neighbourhoods, resulting in multiple civilian casualties;

– emergency medical evacuation was not enabled and/or in which medical teams were killed or injured in the course of evacuation of the injured (notably in Shuja’iya, Gaza City)

The report notes that:

  •  A convoy of hundreds of civilians came under fire while attempting to flee the town on 23 July 2014,”
  • A medical clinic in which civilians and injured people were sheltering after this attack was hit by missiles, causing deaths and injuries
  • A seriously injured 6-year-old child was not assisted and his evacuation was obstructed despite eye contact with troops on the ground on 24 July. He later died;
  • Civilians in a house occupied by Israeli soldiers suffered abuse and ill-treatment including beatings, denial of food and water, and use as human shields. One was shot dead at close range.

After heavy shelling began in Khuza’a and Israeli soldiers began to occupy civilian homes, hundreds of residents gathered to evacuate. On July 23 of 2014, a group of civilians carrying white flags and yelling, “Peaceful, peaceful,” were fired upon by the Israeli Army:

That morning, many of the remaining people in the town made a collective decision that it would be safest to gather in a common area and leave the town as a large group, walking out together, holding white flags to signify that they were civilians. People contacted each other by phone and young men were sent to the homes where people were sheltering, to inform them of this decision.

According to Samia Abu Daka, who participated in the mass march, 500 people took part. Other testimonies put the number as high as 3000. They left the area of the clinic at 07:30, holding white bed-sheets, clothes tied to sticks, or any other white material including white plastic bags, and walked up the main road, which divides the town and leads westward towards the town of Khan Younis, calling ‘peaceful, peaceful.’

The group neared some tanks and soldiers  According to Dr. Kamal Qdeih, who was in the front line of the group with his wife, grandfather and children, he heard an announcement by megaphone saying, “You must return, you do not have permission to leave this area.”

Soldiers and snipers were stationed on the rooftops of and inside houses along the streets, and the group came under gunfire. Dr. Qdeih says he saw Israeli soldiers with weapons shooting at the group. According to Dr. Qdeih, about 31 people were injured by bullets and/or shrapnel. To support his testimony, he showed the team photos and X-rays of some of the injured.

“The attacks were characterised by heavy and unpredictable bombardments of civilian neighbourhoods in a manner that failed to discriminate between legitimate targets and protected populations and caused widespread destruction of homes and civilian property,” the report notes. “Such indiscriminate attacks, by aircraft, drones, artillery, tanks and gunships, were unlikely to have been the result of decisions made by individual soldiers or commanders; they must have entailed approval from top-level decision-makers in the Israeli military and/or government.”

The FFM “believes that the prima facie evidence collected and presented in this Report should be used for the purposes of legal determination of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, whether through local or international justice mechanisms.”

Late last year, the Times of Israel published — and deleted only after massive backlash — a piece that advocated for Palestinian genocide. Yochanan Gordon’s article, “When Genocide is Permissible,” pushed the theory that genocide is permissible if it helps toward the Israeli Army’s ultimate goal of “sustaining quiet.”

With the idea that Palestinians are less than people so deeply ingrained in Israeli culture, how long will it be until people of the world — Christian, atheist, Jew, Muslim, Pastafarian — finally realize that it is not any more antisemitic to oppose Israel’s actions than it was to oppose those of Germany under Adolf Hitler?

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info