Thursday, January 8, 2009

Israeli Military Turns It's Back of Palestinian Wounded

You didn't ask me, but on a daily basis a new obscenity is revealed in Israel's War of Annihilation on Gaza.

Yesterday, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed shock and anger at the Israeli Military for failing to assist dying and wounded Palestinians and to allow humanitarian assistance to the wounded.

"This is a shocking incident," said Pierre Wettach, the ICRC's head of delegation for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. "The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded."

"Ambulances in Gaza must be given systematic round-the-clock access to the wounded everywhere in the territory so that they can save as many lives as possible," the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, said.

"These obligations apply to Israel and to the Palestinian armed groups fighting in Gaza," said Mr Kellenberger. "We have already had cases of wounded people dying because the ambulances couldn't reach them in time. If these fundamental rules of international humanitarian law are not respected more people will die who could have been saved."

According to The New York Times ...

"The statement said a team of four Palestine Red Crescent ambulances accompanied by Red Cross representatives made its way to Zeitoun Wednesday where it “found four small children next to their dead mothers in one of the houses. They were too weak to stand up on their own. One man was also found alive, too weak to stand up. In all, there were at least 12 corpses lying on mattresses.”

"In another house, the statement said, the rescue team “found 15 other survivors of this attack including several wounded. In yet another house, they found an additional three corpses. Israeli soldiers posted at a military position some 80 meters away from this house ordered the rescue team to leave the area which they refused to do. There were several other positions of the Israeli Defense Forces nearby as well as two tanks.

”Because of berms built by Israeli forces, the ambulances could not enter the area so “the children and the wounded had to be taken to the ambulances on a donkey cart,” the statement said."

I thought I was beyond being shocked by the horrors of war and human rights abuses. But Israeli's actions are so egregious and unconscionable. It's clear that Israel's only goal is to punish the people of Gaza as severely as they can and to inflict as much pain as possible.

And the world's leaders still stand by impotently as Israels' Military continues its War of Annihilation on Gaza.

Where are the defenders of the Palestinians?