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Lab Tests on Soil Determine Israel Used White Phosphorus on Gazans

Laboratory tests conducted by a Turkish university on Gaza soil have confirmed the use of phosphorus bombs by Israel in the coastal sliver.

White Phosphorus exploding over Gaza
What most people believed to be White Phosphorus, recorded in photos like this exploding over Gaza, indeed turns out o be exactly that. While not illegal under international law when used as a smokescreen, this substance often referred to as "Willie Pete" causes deadly and torturous burns to any human being who comes into contact with them.
Photo courtest: Gazablogspot.com

(TEHRAN) - Istanbul's Yildiz Technical University conducted the tests on soil transferred by the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER).

The tests yielded results confirming the existence of white phosphorus particles in the samples, the daily Vakit reports.

White phosphorus, classified as a 'chemical weapon' by US intelligence, is an incendiary material that causes horrific burns, severe injuries or death when it comes in contact with humans.

During Israel's 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, a fierce controversy broke out over the alleged use of white phosphorus -- also known by the military as WP or Willie Pete -- by the Israeli army.

The legality of the toxic chemical agent is a matter of debate, with many groups recognizing it as an illegal weapon, while international law allows its usage solely for smoke-screening.

Israel maintains that its actions were being conducted under international laws, despite contradictory reports of the Israeli claim.

Following the laboratory results in Turkey, MAZLUM-DER filed a criminal complaint against Israel at Istanbul's Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.

The Turkish human rights group MAZLUM-DER has also accused Israel of directly attacking civilians "with the aim of annihilating them" and employing internationally-banned weapons in the process.

"The suspects, who wanted to wipe out the Palestinian people through systematic attacks, have committed genocide and crimes against humanity," said a petition by the human rights group.

On Sunday, an international conference in Morocco called for Israeli civil and military officials to be sued for "war crimes and crimes against humanity."

Some 5,700 Iranian lawyers have also filed a compliant against 24 Israeli leaders and commanders over the alleged Israeli war crimes.

International organizations and human rights groups remain concerned over Tel Aviv's use of forbidden arms, such as depleted uranium and white phosphorus, in the Gaza war.

The 23-day Israeli onslaught on Gaza left at least 1,330 Palestinians -- including at least 460 children -- dead and thousands others injured.

Special thanks to Press TV


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Jacob February 25, 2009 9:43 am (Pacific time)

Why are people up in arms about Israel's use of WP, which *isn't* illegal under International Law... but no one seems to be even mentioning (much less filing charges) against the Palestinian Rocket Launching brigades, who are blatantly in violation of two major points of International Law - namely, it is forbidden to fire bombs or explosive devices randomly into civilian areas (which is what all their rockets have been), and it is forbidden to use human shields (which is what they've done with nearly every rocket attack - by launching them from within civilian areas, schools, and apartment complexes). It baffles me.

Anonymous February 21, 2009 11:52 am (Pacific time)

Willy Peter (good marking round and napalm have saved a lot of American lives. We use to jell up 5 gallon gasoline cans, wrap with cord, place a claymore with some WP behind it for defensive purposes. It worked quite well, and we could set it up very quickly. War is nasty business, and it's far better to survive than the alternative. As far as the UN and the so-called World Court, or any other body that dictates what is legal or illegal does so without any real teeth. Those barbarians who kill westerners in such gruesome ways could care less about what's legal or not, so until one can sanitize what war is, and forget that, because war should be ugly and nasty, expect that pragmatic acts (aka "whatever works!") will be undertaken on the fields of combat. You kill the enemy (domestic! and foreign), that is war people, you do not show mercy.

Tim King: Almost everyone killed was a civilian. Would you like it if an enemy dumped willie pete on your family home? Just curious. Remember, death is permanent and we all die eventually. I don't think the world will be examining the way the VN War was fought and writing it down in the instruction manuals. Killing civilians is the Devil's work.

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