The current conflict in Gaza and Lebanon has given rise to a flurry of reports involving a strange new toxic weapon used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli authorities officially deny these reports, which they have labeled an "incitement."
Of course, that's what people said after the first reports came out that American soldiers had used "Whiskey Pete" indiscriminately in Fallujah.
Here's how Al Jazeera
Dr. Al Saqqa told Voice of Palestine Radio that the Israeli army is using new types of unconventional weapons against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the recent attacks. He said, "They are targeting the Palestinian body with unconventional weapons and with that comes a phenomena we have not seen before in any Israeli bombardment we have lived through for many years."Here
He continued, "The hospital is central and sees almost all cases of injuries and deaths as a result of Israeli bomb attacks against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. These Israeli bombings are entering the body and fragmenting, causing internal combustion leading to up to fourth degree internal burns, exposing the bone, and affecting the tissue and skin."
The doctor added, "These tissues die, they do not survive, which obliges us to perform arm or leg amputations, and there are fragments which penetrate the body and do not show up on X-rays. When entering the body they spark like a combustion firearm, but not chemically. They seem radioactive."
is another report from the Baqa'a refugee camp. And we have this
from a German news source:
MOH [the Palestinian Ministry of Health] called on the international community and human rights group s to send a medical team in order to examine the injured and ascertain the presence of toxic material left by Israeli shells.
If these reports are just an "incitement," as the Israelis claim, then why are the Palestinians pleading for outsiders to confirm?
This is hardly the first time we have heard reports of Israel making pioneering use of toxic weaponry. In 2004, they stood accused of using nerve agents
Why does the rest of the world refuse to investigate these claims?