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Courage
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posted 22 November 2003 03:52 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Israel Admits It Lied Over Missile Raid on Camp - Guardian

The Israeli military has admitted that it lied about a rocket attack on a Gaza refugee camp, which according to the army led to no casualties, but which the Palestinians have claimed killed 14 civilians.

A leftwing member of the Israeli parliament, Yossi Sarid, forced the confession from the air force chief after he threatened to release evidence that the military had used a weapon more destructive and indiscriminate than it had publicly claimed.

A month ago, the air force launched an assassination strike against a Hamas activist who was driving through Nuseirat refugee camp. The Palestinians claimed that the attack caused a large number of civilian casualties, but the air force commander, Major General Dan Halutz, produced video footage of the car being hit by two missiles that showed no one standing near the wrecked vehicle as the rockets struck.

The military said that Hellfire missiles were used, producing a concentrated explosion over a small area. Gen Halutz likened the effect of the missiles to "two grenades". The video footage was widely shown on Israeli television.

But the army now admits that it lied in briefings to the Israeli and foreign press, because the second rocket was not a Hellfire missile.

The military refuses to identify the weapon used, on the grounds of "operational security". But the speculation is that it was an American-made Flechette, which is illegal under international law because it fires thousands of tiny darts over hundreds of meters, causing horrific injuries. Israel has used similar weapons in Gaza in the past.

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Courage
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posted 22 November 2003 04:03 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Fourteen "Regrettable tragedies", I guess...

The likely response [subtext added].

"We're very sorry for this unfortunate and regrettable tragedy [Talking point #3 - Remember to express 'sincere' regret over Palestinian deaths]. The loss of [Israeli] life is never a happy thing. However, we are fighting against an enemy that is barbaric and violent and that shows no mercy for it's victims [Palestinian dead aren't real victims, just abstract regrettable tragedies and an unfortunate PR problem]. We will continue to take all necessary measures [including the use of illegal anti-personel weapons against civilians] to ensure the security of Israeli citizens."

Tragic irony....

What's to distinguish this from a suicide bombing?

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Uri_Eidel
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posted 25 November 2003 11:06 AM      Profile for Uri_Eidel        Edit/Delete Post
If Israel was lying about this issue, what's to say they aren't lying about many other issues.
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No Yards
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posted 25 November 2003 09:00 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
What's to distinguish this from a suicide bombing?

Just the suicide part, which was unnecessary because of the advanced technology!!

Shouldn't some Israelis be on trial now for terrorism . . . which is a better faith than any Palestinian suspected of the same crime (or any innocents that happen to be in the same are!!)


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