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Israel done it again DIME and Depleted Uranium in Gaza


Posted on December 06, 2012 by Akashma Online News

Israel Used Depleted Uranium Munitions During Gaza Offensive

by Richard Silverstein on December 6, 2012 ·

Gaza victims

Hassan Doghmosh suffers severe burns after his Gaza City neighborhood was bombed last month.(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)

I’m beginning to read reports from Gaza that indicate that the IDF may have used depleted uranium munitions during its recent assault.  A local journalist writes in Electronic Intifada about the grotesque forms of some of the victims’ wounds.  He (incorrectly, I believe) associates them with chemical weapons like white phosphorus:

Among those receiving treatment in Nasser hospital in Khan Younis is a man who was hit by an Israeli drone that struck a farm owned by his family in southern Gaza. A friend of his was killed in the attack. “I was hit directly in my abdomen and two legs,” said the man, who is in his thirties and asked not to be named.

Baker al-Derdy, the head nurse in Nasser hospital, said that when this man was first admitted, there was “a strange smell, almost chemical” from him. Al-Derdy pointed to other indications that Israel may have used chemical weapons during its offensive.

“Some of the symptoms we have seen are abnormal,” al-Derdy added. “The type of burns that appear on the bodies suggest that the weapons employed were not conventional. The burns go deep into the skin and the skin itself turns blue. And I can tell you that the burns hit even the third layer of the skin.”

…Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza…acknowledged that some of the burns witnessed were deeper than those associated with conventional weapons.

“We in Gaza and health bodies in the West Bank do not have laboratories where we could properly examine what types of weapons have been used in Israeli attacks,” al-Qedra said. “But according to what we have seen so far, it appears that Israel used some explosive weapons or ammunition that caused burns and deep wounds. In most cases of those killed, we have seen that bodies were either torn apart or completely burnt out. Also, many of those injured have had their lower or upper limbs amputated.”

DIME weapons were first used against Gaza by Israeli drones in the summer of 2006, when Palestinian medical personnel reported that it significantly increased the fatality rate among victims. Shortly after the DIME weapons were also trialled during the first week of the war in Lebanon in July 2006.

DIME weapons were first used against Gaza by Israeli drones in the summer of 2006, when Palestinian medical personnel reported that it significantly increased the fatality rate among victims. Shortly after the DIME weapons were also trialled during the first week of the war in Lebanon in July 2006.

Making clear that I’m neither a doctor nor a weapons specialist, the general description of these savage wounds reminds me much more of the DIME munition developed by the U.S. and used by the IDF in Gaza in 2006.

There are reports that Israel is using a new weapon in the Gaza strip. More specifically, the claim is that Israel is using something called a DIME weapon. Say what? Yes, DIME weapons are real, it stands for Dense Inert Metal Explosive. In a nutshell a DIME weapon is a bomb or missile that detonates with powerful and lethal explosive power confined to a small area. The idea being to minimize “collateral damage” when using military weapons in urban areas. Yes, this is a humane killing device, science marches on!DIME-Dense Inert Metal Explosive

I posted several times about this horrific weapon.  The Gaza Interior Ministry, in the midst of the fighting, released a statement claiming it had recorded high rates of radioactivity at bombing sites, claiming that unconventional weapons were used against a civilian population:

Major Hazem Abu Murad, assistant director of explosives engineering and member of the Committee to document war crimes, revealed that the occupation used radioactive materials in the explosives with which it had bombed the Gaza Strip.

Abu Murad told the Interior Ministry that the weapons with which Israel targeted Gaza contain heavy elements, including the Uranium, tungsten, aluminum and nickel”, and pointed out that these materials raise the temperature in the center of the explosion to 7 thousand degrees Celsius, and boost the destructive ability of the shell.

He also pointed to the types of weapons used by the occupation during the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, noting that among those weapons there are  three types of ammunition which have been used for the first time.

If true, and I have no way of knowing whether Hamas’ claim was based on scientific testing, tungsten would be indicative of the use of DIME.  The presence of uranium might lead in a different direction, as the IDF has weapons that contain depleted uranium.  Here are some of its characteristics:

Depleted uranium is very dense…Thus a given mass of it has a smaller diameter than an equivalent lead projectile, with less aerodynamic drag and deeper penetration due to a higher pressure at point of impact. DU projectile ordnance is often incendiary because of its pyrophoric property.

…Depleted uranium is favored…because it is self-sharpening and pyrophoric. On impact with a hard target…the nose of the rod fractures in such a way that it remains sharp. The impact and subsequent release of heat energy causes it to disintegrate to dust and burn when it reaches air…When a DU penetrator reaches the interior of an armored vehicle, it catches fire, often igniting ammunition and fuel.

Further support for the thesis of its use by the IDF is a report to me from an Israeli source confirming the IDF used depleted uranium in Gaza.  My source cannot confirm whether DIME was used or not.

The UN Human Rights Commission has asked member states to curb the use of such weapons and a paper prepared for the body argued that they may contravene numerous international treaties.  The European Parliament called for a ban on DU munitions.

Here are some of their health effects:

Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart, and numerous other systems can be affected by uranium exposure, because in addition to being weakly radioactive, uranium is a toxic metal.  DU is less toxic than other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury.[65] It is weakly radioactive but remains radioactive because of its long half-life.

…British Army doctors warned the British…Ministry of Defence that exposure to depleted uranium increased the risk of developing lung, lymph and brain cancer, and recommended a series of safety precautions.

This seems perfectly in synch with the typical practice of the IDF to exploit whatever weapons appear convenient and effective, no matter how controversial or even illegal their use might be, especially against a largely civilian population.  This holds true for cluster bombs, white phosphorus and DIME, all of which Israel has employed during attacks on civilian areas of Lebanon and Gaza.

By the way, I’ve read several mainstream journalists claim that less than half those killed in Gaza were civilians.  This is not true.  Gaza human rights groups have counted 183 fatalities of whom 103 were civilian.

Under the Bombs and Under Attack still Gaza, Palestine – More allegations were brought to the light of the world when According to a Norwegian MD who was working at a Palestinian hospital in Gaza during the recent 2009 Cast Lead war the type of injuries that were inflicted on war casualties ,during this campaign, were different than anything that he has seen before in a war theater and he has seen quite a few conflagrations over the past thirty years. Another Norwegian doctor named DR. Gilbert told the Oslo Gardermoen that “there is a strong suspicion that Gaza is now being used as a test laboratory for new weapons.”

Israel Pirate of the Sea Strikes again-The Estelle

October 20, 2012 2 comments

Posted on October 20, 2012 by Akashma Online News

by Marivel Guzman

For the people of the world that have been following the Estelle with your heart in your hand. Let me tell you that The people of Gaza and the Solidarity Palestinian Movement of the world was one more time humiliated, cheated of our rights, publicly scorned by the Criminal, Pirate, Racist, Apartheid State of Israel. Israel allowed the Estelle to sailed closer to Gaza, while the world waiting with hopes that maybe this time Israel was going to have a fiber of compassion and allow this mission to reach Gaza.

Israel knows that there are no arms, no terrorists aboard, they know that this is a humanitarian mission. Why stage the event to make us hold false hopes?. Why wait so long to stop the Estelle? It is as if they were playing with the switch of hope, one minute we see the Estelle sailing, and another minute there is silence and expectations.

We were heart broken to see pictures of Palestinians in Gaza waiting in the beach for the Estelle to show up, that was one of the moments that I felt so powerless, almost like a joke played by Israel on the people of Gaza. I was crying with hope and happiness minutes before I read the tragic news, and minutes later,  I was crying with anger, this anger that we feel when you see injustice being committed.

It is ironic that when you see that picture of Gaza beach with a very short horizon, it is double the pain. Even their horizon is limited.  For days they waited for hopes to show up in the form of the Ship.
The Estelle was the name this time for hope to arrive to Gaza. You can not deny the truth of what happens in Gaza. The situation in Gaza is unbearable and Israel is busy with her PR story to the world of deception.
The latest of Israel’s reports on how maintain Palestinians barely alive just made public. But Gaza people do not need to read reports, they feel every day the taunt of the occupation, they suffer the bombs and the shortest of food.

I wonder this simple questions why the leaders go along with the lies?, why the leaders allow the carnage to go unpunished?, why the leaders do not stop the aid to Israel?, why the majority of the world do not see the truth, the simple truth as we see it? As I see, as is felt in Gaza, very raw, crude, almost grotest . Why is there people that still support Israel, knowing all the crimes that it commits?. Why the Arab Muslim leaders doing business with Israel?, Why is there no Justice in the world?, Why the world stand in silence? Why?

When Israel sent their bunch of lies that excuses her reason to keep the illegal tactics against Palestinians to the United Nations, we did not hear  the response from the United Nations. Israel was fast in publishes the letter sent to the UN security council, but did not bother to post anything later. The letter wanted to make clear the UN security council that any actions that Israel will take regarding the Estelle, was excusable. Even if they killed some activist like they did on May 2010, where Israel murdered at close range 9 unarmed activist. That was the letter about to have in print her official defense in case there is another Mavi Marvara. OH! this devilish men are cleaver, Machiavelli mentality, chauvinistic mentality and heartless beings.

I keep looking for official statements on response of Ambassador Prosor’s letter, nothing to be found not in the United National Official Page and nothing on the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which take us to conclude that the actions perpetrated by Israel to the International Humanitarian Civil unarmed Mission of the Estelle was once more a public disregard of International Law and an abuse of a civilian human rights, and the rights of individuals to sail on the sea to a desire destinations.

At the moment of this notes 10:30 PT, the Estelle is being dragged to a Ashdod without the consent of the Captain, or the passengers.
I commend the people of the world to stand up for Gaza, Palestine,for the Estelle Crew, for for you, for our world.
These actions when leave unattended, and without complain, will be repeated over and over.
Until we really unite in one voice against the monsters of the Zionist Movement that seem to control the world. We can not advance in our endowment for peace.
And please do not go along to the Anti Semitic rhetoric that is old school of propaganda of the ADL, a Racist organization that is working to created Anti Semitic sentiment in the word.
There is nothing more criminal that what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people.

Do you think that it is fair that Israel having the latest weapon technology to attack a unarmed population, then go to the world and said that they are killing terrorist? Do you read the news, at least they tell you sometimes numbers that you can put into perspective and balance the truth. More than 1500 people died on the winder of 2008-2009 by Israel missiles, more than 600 were children and the rest woman, men and elderly. Israel killed most of the security forces in Gaza, they attack a police academy and killed all the youth that were students, not terrorists. They could have been your sons, but the news reported that Israel killed jihadist, terrorists. What a blatant lie.
There is nothing more criminal that what the Zionist Lobby around the world are doing to undermine our own governments.
And there is nothing more Anti Semitic that what Israel is doing to the Nation of Palestine. The Genocide that the indigenous of Palestine is being victim, that is Anti Semitic. The rest is Israel Propaganda.
The well propagated idea by Israel that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza is the worse cruel lie they spread in the news, the truth is simple and you just need to see the pictures continuously uploaded by Palestinians and from internationals that have moved to Palestine to record for history the horror that Israel is creating in Palestine, specially in Gaza which have been victim of a Naval and land blockade since 1967 really not 2007 as the world thinks.

None of the Big News were following the Estelle, but once Israel attacked the Estelle then all the Paid News were ready to make their headlines.
This is ABC except from their news today regarding the Estelle, ABC according to the world is one of the respected leading News outlet, but for us that know the truth, ABC is just another propaganda outlet.
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement praising the military for enforcing the blockade, said there “is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza” and accused the activists of trying to “to provoke and slander Israel’s name.”, if ABC really care for the truth should have journalist in Gaza, reporting the truth to the world and not the parroted lies that Israel dictates.

This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces, shows the Swedish-owned, Finnish-flagged boat, Estelle as it near the waters off the Gaza Strip Saturday Oct 20, 2012. Israeli naval vessels thwarted the advance of a pro-Palestinian boat attempting to reach Gaza on Saturday in defiance of Israel’s blockade of the territory, the military said. (AP Photo/IDF)

“We have this blockade because there are constant smuggling attempts of weapons, munitions that eventually reach the hands of terror organizations inside Gaza,” she said. How can a “respected News Outlets” will be distributing lies and propaganda to deviate the attention of the world of a terribly humanitarian horror developing in Gaza?

These are the sailors on board Estelle:

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Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel Norway 10/04/1953
Member of Parliament Britton Sven Sweden 14/06/1938
Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios Greece 02/01/1979
Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo Spain 07/01/1967
Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos Evangelos Greece 20/04/1980
Former Member of Parliament Manly James Canada 29/10/1932
Opperdoes Joel Arvid Alexander Sweden 1983-06-20
Andreasson Charles Bertil Sweden 1965-03-10
Särner Daniel Karl-Erik Sweden 1985-12-16
Uddebrant Johan Lars OS Sweden 1981-06-28
Widell Anders Nils Olof Sweden 1986-07-11
Reksten Herman Elias Norway 1989-10-06
Elhanan Elazar Israel 1977-04-01
Sjøstrøm Nils Johan Norway 1963-11-10
Koivisto Velimati Finland 1968-03-01
Hammervold Jan Petter Norway 1944-27-03
Feiler Dror Sweden 1951-31-08
Svenberg Kristian Sweden 02-07-1947
Boethius Maria-Pia Sweden 09/04/1947
Mor Reut Israel 09/08/1982
Jämiä Mika Finland 1959-09-06
Arau Crusellas Laura Spain 02/05/1980
Ramazzotti Stockel Marco Italy 17-09-1947
Shapira Yonathan Israel 12-02-1972
Tiktopoulos Mikhalis Greece 24/12/1946
Zabale Gouzalet BegoÒa Spain 09/01/1950
Stamellos Loukas Greece 22/06/1979
Piassas Evangelos Greece 02/04/1947
Gardell Mattias Sweden 10/08/1959
Vinthagen Stellan Sweden 13/10/1964

 

Last moments sailing to Gaza, just 30 miles from Gaza’ s shores, Estelle was intercepted by Israeli pirates. Intercepted in international waters. In contravention of the International Law.

“We are Civilian Mission, disobey your leaders, they are making you look like pirates, you are acting against International Law” was shout from the Estelle to the 2 masked speed Israeli boats approaching to assault the freedom boat.

 

At any given day I invite to visit the page Marine Traffic a public where you can check the Port activity, Ashdod Port, and Haifa Port two of the busy ports of Israel. While Israel have an illegal blockaded of Gaza, not allowing it to develop their Naval infrastructure and their fishing industry at all, Israel enjoy of free trade from Oil, Arms, war technology, agricultural products, industrial products, just name it Israel is a striving industry in all the aspect of the economy, and Palestine is left to the charity of the world. Where is the fairness on this? Why the UN allow this atrocity to occur? Please wonder, please raise your voice.

This is the Croatia Cargo Vessel, on of hundreds that come and go from Israel ports. Who is really inspecting those ships, whey could be trading illegal nuclear weapons for what we know. I wonder if the United Nation Nuclear Agency has inspectors in Haifa and Ashdod Ports checking for shipments of  enriched and depleted uranium coming to Israel.

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