Sunday, October 22, 2006

Israel Forces Admit Using Chemical Weapons

The Israeli government has confirmed that it used white phosphorus shells in the war against Lebanon. The admission was made by Jacob Edery when questioned on the subject by Zahava Gal-On, a member of the Knesset. According to The Guardian, Mr Edery told Ms Gal-On:

Ms Gal-On was said to be surprised by the comments and was very concerned about this admission by an Israeli government official. When told about these munitions, Ms Gal-On said:
Although these weapons are not banned by international law, there are real concerns about their usage as they are effectively chemical weapons. There have been continued reports of casualties as a result of their use, with some horrific injuries inflicted upon innocent civilians. According to the National Safety Council:
How this can be described as anything other than a chemical weapon is beyond me. There is no doubt that, along with cluster bombs, there should be a more serious effort made by people around the world to have this weapons banned. And, when they have been banned, all those who have used them on the battlefield should face justice for the suffering they have caused.