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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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Goldstone Report slams IDF warfare in Gaza
UN committee says Israel made use of dense inert metal explosives (DIME bombs), as well as white phosphorus, during Gaza operation, and that soldiers used Palestinians as human shields

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3778025,00.ht...

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"The Goldstone Report on the Israel Defense Forces' Operation Cast Lead in Gaza says Israel made use of dense inert metal explosives (DIME bombs) as well as white phosphorus, and that soldiers used Palestinians as human shields.

The Goldstone committee said in its report that Israel used white phosphorus from the time the operation began until January 7. Though the substance is not illegal, the UN committee expresses doubts as to Israel's repeated use of it."

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"The Goldstone report says phosphorus was used in attacks on an UNRWA structure as well as two hospitals in Gaza. The report says a phosphorus shell also hit the home of the Abu-Halima family in al-Atatra."

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"The Goldstone report also condemns the IDF's use of flechette shells, which release 4-cm metal darts on impact, and says that despite their legality according to international law they should not be used in populated areas."

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"The use of DIME bombs, which explode into thousands of metal pieces on impact, was also criticized due to the massive injury they are capable of causing. The tungsten alloys found in the shells are thought to be a carcinogen, and are very hard to remove from the body due to their small size.

The Goldstone committee said it had also received reports of diluted uranium use, but had decided not to pursue inquiry due to lack of evidence.

The UN committee also reported two instances in which IDF soldiers used Palestinians as human shields during a search of homes. The committee says the Palestinians were required to enter the homes ahead of the soldiers or instead of them."
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