Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside

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Patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City. (Photo: Rina Andolini)

Patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City. (Photo: Rina Andolini)

The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities. All of the patients have some degree of paralysis, require around the clock care and many are on oxygen support and feeding tubes.

“We’ve seen a lot of launches of rockets that came from exactly near the hospital, 100 meters near,” said a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), continuing, “Obviously the target was not the hospital.”

The IDF News Desk also confirmed that the military understood there were no weapons inside of el-Wafa hospital. When asked how far a humanitarian site needs to be to ensure there is not direct fire, the IDF said, “It’s not a matter of science, the IDF is very precise and they usually target what they intend to target.”

Still the hospital was an army target.

El-Wafa hospital director Basman Alashi. (Photo: ABC)

El-Wafa hospital director Basman Alashi. (Photo: ABC)

While under fire from the Israeli military on Thursday, hospital director Basman Alashi  communicated with the army via a delegate from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). The military said that they were not only going to shell the facility, but that it would be fired upon so heavily that they recommended all people in the hospital evacuate. The ICRC attempted to coordinate the evacuation, relaying messages from the IDF in two phone calls made to el-Wafa’s hospital director during the shelling.

The first call from an ICRC delegate to Alashi was after 9:30 pm, an hour past when the army had already initiated fire on el-Wafa. In that call the delegate asked Alashi how much time he needed to evacuate and he told her two hours. But an hour later when the ICRC delegate phoned for a second time, staff was already abandoning the building under duress. The blasts from the artillery shells had cut the hospital’s power and destroyed the second and third floor. Smoke was filling into the patients’s rooms due to a fire sparked by the strikes.

According to Alashi, the second call from the ICRC came while his 25 nurses loaded 17 patients into ambulances that they flagged down by running into the streets while dodging Israel fire. At that time the delegate told him his message had “just reached them [the IDF] and they said they will not bomb the hospital.” They also told Alashi that his pleading for a lull in fire was sent to “the highest level of army officials.”

When Alashi told the delegate the message was too late and that the hospital was already being evacuated, the ICRC representative told him her message to the IDF “did not go fast enough.”

At the time of the evacuation there were two internationals also inside of el-Wafa hospital. Rina Andolini from the United Kingdom said she was in contact with the same delegate that coordinated with Alashi no less than five times that evening.

The ICRC and the IDF were reached for comment on Alashi’s timeline. Both confirmed they were in communication to coordinate a humanitarian evacuation but said the contents of their conversations were confidential. The ICRC was unable to confirm their conversation with Andolini, but Andolini did provide me with the phone number of the ICRC staff she communicated with in Gaza. I spoke to the ICRC delegate in question and she was unable to comment, directing me back to her organization’s communications department. It is not uncommon in times of warfare for the ICRC to secure the transfer of good and protected persons.

“I’m not belittling Red Cross’s efforts, they are the delegate, they are the middlemen, they are trying to save lives on both sides,” said Alashi when I followed up with him today.

The night of the shelling, Alashi asked me to inquire with the IDF why they fired on the hospital. When I told him they said it was fired on because it was within 100 meters of a rocket site, but they knew the hospital itself was clean of munitions he said, “My authority, my control is within my premises, it is my hospital. I cannot control what people do 100 meters from me.” He reiterated, “My control is my hospital, my staff my patients. I have nothing to do with what happens 100 meters from the hospital,” adding “A hospital should not be involved in any conflict according to Geneva law.”

According to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) hospitals are protected sites. Article 19 of the Fourth Geneva Convention also states: “The protection to which civilian hospitals are entitled shall not cease unless they are used to commit…acts harmful to the enemy.” The Geneva Convention also requires “a reasonable time limit,” for allowing an evacuation. If a hospital is used to launch weapons, under IHL it can only be targeted when there is an imminent strike originating from the location. Even storing caches of weapons do not meet international law’s stringent threshold for firing on humanitarian sites.

El-Wafa hospital after five air strikes on July 11, 2014. (Photo: Charlie Andreasson/IMEMC)

El-Wafa hospital after five air strikes on July 11, 2014. (Photo: Charlie Andreasson/IMEMC)

Furthermore, on July 11, 2014 the army fired five missiles at el-Wafa, taking out part of the hospital’s fourth floor. The first blast was a smaller “warning strike,” followed by four significantly larger blasts. In that instance the IDF phoned Alashi directly the night before and told him the hospital was going to be hit with artillery shelling. A team of eight internationals then moved into the facility in hopes of protecting it from Israeli fire. The also IDF confirmed that they struck the hospital that night.

After the evacuation two nights ago, el-Wafa relocated its operations to the Sahaba medical clinic where they are caring for patients in cramped quarters with limited access to medications and supplies. Before July 8, 2014 when Operation Protective Edge was launched, el-Wafa was already running at reduced levels. A bulk of their funding from the Palestinian Authority was frozen two months ago after the announcement of the unity government between West Bank-bound Fatah and Gaza-based Hamas. In fact all medical facilities in Gaza have not received the funding they expected for the past two months as it has to be transferred from the Palestinian Authority via Israeli’s central bank.  As well no public medical staff has received a salary. El-Wafa tried to stock up on gas for a generator and medications, but supplies were running low throughout the Gaza strip and bank closures limited the amount of cash they had access to. After running the generator for one night, their fuel reserve were a quarter depleted.

“We are trying to cope, so we can get more medications. I wouldn’t say good, but we are coping,” said Alashi today. He was in the process of preparing space to take on more patients that will be transferred from Gaza’s largest hospital al-Shifa to the space they are using inside of Sahaba clinic.

“The Israeli actions are interrupting the health system that we have when someone is injured,” said Alashi. “At al-Shifa hospital they cannot keep patients for a long time after their surgeries,” adding, “There is no other hospital in Gaza that can provide long-term care.”

“I have two patients and I do have a place for them,” he added explaining some were discharged earlier following the first round of strikes. Yousef, a patient paralyzed from the waist down has developed an infection that spread throughout his body causing a fever. Due to a lack of access to clean water and medication, his family is no longer able to provide proper care for him. “He has a spinal cord injury from falling while working in construction, from the waist down. His arms are partially paralyzed.”

78 Responses

  1. a blah chick
    July 19, 2014, 10:46 am

    “The ICRC attempted to coordinate the evacuation, relaying messages from the IDF in two phone calls made to el-Wafa’s hospital director during the shelling.”

    It’s like a serial killer dialing up the police and saying “stop me before I kill again!”

    • Citizen
      July 19, 2014, 1:27 pm

      All efforts to show Israel cares about human life (other than Jewish life) is purely for PR purposes; if they had their way, the Israelis (enabled by AIPAC bribery in USA) would exterminate the Palestinians for lebensraum and Greater Israel.

    • Penfold
      July 19, 2014, 3:20 pm

      “It’s like a serial killer dialing up the police and saying “stop me before I kill again!”

      I would suggest it is closer to the serial killer dialing up the police to ask for an escort to his next victim because he doesnt like being caught in traffic.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 19, 2014, 10:05 pm

        @ Penfoid,

        Q: I would suggest it is closer to the serial killer dialing up the police to ask for an escort to his next victim because he doesnt like being caught in traffic.

        R: Bingo!

        Plus the cops have to foot the bill of said escort, pay for the damage done to the axe, and, additionally, replace all throwing knives with crispy new ones. Oh, and another grandt to pay for the expansion of the prep’s terraced garden into the neighboring ‘empty’ lands of ‘Wherenobodyeverlivedbeforereallyhonesttojudasine.’

    • Kay24
      July 20, 2014, 7:23 am

      God’s chosen unleashing hell on injured and sick people. God made one huge mistake, for they do the work of the devil. Israel must get the award for being the most brutal nation in the world, and it’s people for being evil and vicious. They have absolutely no sense of any decency. The list of war crimes grows longer. Time Abbas went to the ICC. Aiders, abetter, those who arm these butchers, support them, should also be held responsible for this one sided massacre of mostly civilians.

  2. anthonybellchambers
    July 19, 2014, 10:47 am

    There is already prima facie evidence of war crimes and atrocities having been committed by the IDF in Gaza over the past ten days whereby unarmed civilians including whole families with children have been executed by Israeli forces under authority of the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

    These are alleged crimes against humanity that violate the Geneva Conventions, and indictments should be issued against the perpetrators, to be heard before the International Criminal Court.

    The fact that Israel is a client state of America should not be allowed to affect the prosecution of those alleged guilty of criminal conduct or the judicial process.

    • seafoid
      July 19, 2014, 3:08 pm

      Israel does not accept the applicability of the geneva conventions or the laws of war to Gaza. Nazi parallel # 18765

  3. HarryLaw
    July 19, 2014, 11:19 am

    From: Mads Gilbert
    Date: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 7:10 AM
    Subject: Gaza needs you!

    Dearest friends –

    The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
    The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!
    Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).
    My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
    Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute. And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
    An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.
    Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?
    I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.
    I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.
    Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.
    But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.
    The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
    Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

    Mads
    Gaza, Occupied Palestine
    Numbers are enclosed (last page in the MOH-report in English. The pictures are mine, taken some few hours ago, in the early morning hours of Friday July 18th 2014). More to come. I’m sorry to bug you).
    Mads Gilbert MD PhD
    Professor and Clinical Head
    Clinic of Emergency Medicine
    University Hospital of North Norway
    N-9038 Tromsø, Norway

    • ejran
      July 19, 2014, 11:39 am

      Harry, can I share this letter?

      • HarryLaw
        July 19, 2014, 1:38 pm

        ejran, Don’t see why not, it was also sent to many people at the BBC over their poor reporting.

  4. pedro
    July 19, 2014, 11:25 am

    This is a shameful turn of events. Why such horrible punishment on people that can’t defend themselves? The Israelis know that most of the casualties are civilians yet their punishment continues. If there would not be a public outcry it’s almost as if they would exterminate Gaza.

    • Kay24
      July 20, 2014, 7:46 am

      There is an insane hatred for those they send their precision bombs into. There is an underlying sadistic tendency to obliterate an entire population, using every flimsy excuse they can think of, and expect the world to accept the lies. They are trying to exterminate those who stand in the way of their land thieving, and water control, and taking over like a aggressive cancer, the entire lands where once their victims lived and flourished. This is ethnic cleansing, and with the support of the world’s superpower. Haven’t we shown the world that we have no regard for Arab and Muslims lives ourselves? We falsely accused Iraq of having WMD’s before we did the same to the Iraqi people. Israel, like us, picks on helpless, unarmed, civilians, to show military might. Israel like us, will hesitate to do the same to inflict brutality and suffering to stronger, weaponized nations with trained military. We did not attack North Korea, Iran, and other nations, because we are afraid of the deadly consequences. Israel has convinced the world that it is in danger from unarmed, occupied people, and that the 6th largest weapons manufacturer, is deadly afraid of stones and rockets. Zionist bull sheet that only the US pretends to believe in.

  5. Paldi5
    July 19, 2014, 11:54 am

    Would it be possible to get cameras installed so the chaos could be recorded and put up on the internet?

    • Miriam
      July 20, 2014, 4:03 pm

      PALDi5….and anyone else you can go ‘lifestream’ into Gaza thanks to Jehad Saftawi @ this link…his front window over Gaza….not sure where ….and currently there are no rockets ….all is dark and quiet for now….you can communicate with others at the site….as well as with Jehad.. link to ustream.tv

  6. Stephen Shenfield
    July 19, 2014, 1:35 pm

    I would like to know exactly how these arrangements for communication between the Red Cross and the IDF work. Are the Red Cross representatives really in contact with the individuals who make the decisions? I very much doubt it. There is probably a special unit in the IDF for dealing with the Red Cross and the people in that unit are probably only sporadically in contact with decision makers. I am guessing, but that would explain a lot. Of course, this would not relieve the IDF top brass of responsibility because they would have deliberately arranged things this way in order to prevent the Red Cross from exerting any effective influence.

  7. hophmi
    July 19, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Article 18: “In view of the dangers to which hospitals may be exposed by being close to military objectives, it is recommended that such hospitals be situated as far as possible from such objectives.” 100m is not very far.

    Article 19 contains no provision requiring that an attack from a civilian hospital be imminent in order to render its protected status forfeited.

    You misread the provision regarding caches of weapons. Article 19 says that a hospital may not be targeted if it has a cache a weapon because it treats soldiers and thus, holds their arms for them while they are being treated. You imply that a hospital can be used as an ammunition depot and still retain protected status.

    • seafoid
      July 19, 2014, 3:11 pm

      It wasdestroyed because it was a hamas hospital. The usual zionist vindictiveness. The beauty of gaza for bots is that nothing is ever out of bounds. The jew in erez israel is holier. The barbarism is holier.

    • Justpassingby
      July 19, 2014, 3:16 pm

      hophmi

      Wow you are a lawyer and cant even read basic legal paragraphs?
      Israel have attacked hospitals since they start terrorizing paletinians in 48.
      Just this hospital have been hit 4 times.

      You and Goebbles would have been best friends, how does that make you feel?

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 19, 2014, 3:56 pm

      Hophmi,

      Are you suggesting that this hospital – which was NOT a weapons depot, as the IDF themselves admitted – was a legitimate target? It sounds as though you are.

      Strange how Hophmi comes out of the woodwork after days of silence, only to defend the mass murder of civilians and the bombing of hospitals. But hey, apparently someone in Paris said something ‘anti-semitic’ so anything the IDF do is kosher.

      • hophmi
        July 19, 2014, 4:16 pm

        Yeah, strange that I don’t spend every waking moment here.

        I’m not drawing a legal conclusion either way. Allison’s presentation of the law of Article 19 is much simpler than the reality and some of it is wrong. These things go case by case, first of all. So you’d need to do an investigation of where the militants were firing from, what courses were available to Israel to address the problem, what challenge the hospital presented, and so on. One thing I can say with some confidence – the framers of Article 19 did not anticipate those situations where militants were firing from highly urbanized areas, right next to hospital buildings.

        Obviously, Israel came to believe it was a legitimate target, and its behavior was consistent with Article 19 requirements to warn the hospital in advance so that it could be evacuated, which Allison admits in her article they did, communicating at length with the hospital director. Allison’s point that there was no weapons cache in the hospital is certainly something to be considered, assuming it is accurate, but it is not dispositive.

        But really, Maximus, be honest. If the hospital were being used as a launching pad, you’d still criticize bombing it, wouldn’t you? The Independent essentially did. It headlines an article today claiming that Ron Dermer justified bombing hospitals on twitter. You have to read the article to find out that he said that bombing hospitals was justified if Hamas was using them as launching pads, which is a perfectly justified under international law.

        I haven’t seen Allison Deger say once that firing rockets in civilian areas is a violation of international law, but it is. The fact that she hasn’t said it reminds me again that your cause is political, and has nothing whatsoever to do with international law.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 19, 2014, 4:27 pm

        ”Yeah, strange that I don’t spend every waking moment here. ”

        Oh I dunno. You do seem to spend quite a bit of time here when you think you can play the poor Jewish victim card.

        ”Obviously, Israel came to believe it was a legitimate target, ”

        What Israel ‘came to believe’ is entirely irrelevant. Either it was a legitimate target or it was not. And since even the IDF have admitted that it was not a weapons depot, nor was it used to fire rockets from, then it was NOT a legitimate target.

        ”If the hospital were being used as a launching pad, you’d still criticize bombing it, wouldn’t you?”

        Well, you know what they say: IF my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle. You still don’t get it, do you? The hospital was NOT used as a launching pad, and nobody is claiming it was. So stop trying to divert attention away from the fact that you are justifying the bombing of a hospital by indulging in hypotheticals.

        ” your cause is political, and has nothing whatsoever to do with international law.”

        Someone who has defended the murder of hundreds of people, a quarter of them children, is lecturing us on ‘international law’? Surreal, but that’s they dying art of hasbara for ya.

      • Justpassingby
        July 19, 2014, 4:45 pm

        hophmi

        Are your boss aware of what you are saying here? You are defending terrorism against palestinians. Arent you ashamed of yourself?!

      • tree
        July 19, 2014, 6:54 pm

        One thing I can say with some confidence – the framers of Article 19 did not anticipate those situations where militants were firing from highly urbanized areas, right next to hospital buildings.

        First off, 100 meters is the entire length of a football field and wider than a typical city block. so even according to the IDF the alleged rocket fire was not “right next to hospital buildings” by any stretch of the imagination. Number two, the idea that the framers of the 1949 Geneva Convention did not “anticipate” fighting in urbanized areas is idiotic in the extreme. Much of WWII was fought in urbanized areas, so there was no need to “anticipate” what had already occurred 5 years before.

        Obviously, Israel came to believe it was a legitimate target, and its behavior was consistent with Article 19 requirements to warn the hospital in advance so that it could be evacuated, which Allison admits in her article they did, communicating at length with the hospital director. Allison’s point that there was no weapons cache in the hospital is certainly something to be considered, assuming it is accurate, but it is not dispositive.

        No, its behavior was NOT consistent with Article 19. Here’s Article 19 verbatim:( I’ve bolded the relevant sentences)

        The protection to which civilian hospitals are entitled shall not cease unless they are used to commit, outside their humanitarian duties, acts harmful to the enemy. Protection may, however, cease only after due warning has been given, naming, in all appropriate cases, a reasonable time limit, and after such warning has remained unheeded.

        The fact that sick or wounded members of the armed forces are nursed in these hospitals, or the presence of small arms and ammunition taken from such combatants and not yet handed to the proper service, shall not be considered to be acts harmful to the enemy.

        link to icrc.org

        The IDF has admitted that the hospital DID NOT commit acts “harmful to the enemy”. The IDF’s only claim is that the hospital was near to where “harm” was done, not that the hospital itself committed harmful acts. This alone precludes specifically targeting the hospital itself, which the IDF has admitted it did.

        As for your tortured “interpretation” of the second sentence, any rational human being who wasn’t frantically trying to excuse the inexcusable as you are would recognize that the “warning” that Article 19 requires prior to a hospital being targeted, is not a warning that the hospital will be targeted even though it has not violated the policy stated in the first sentence. The warning required is clearly a warning issued to stop “acts harmful to the enemy”, otherwise the caveat about the warning going “unheeded” makes no sense whatsoever.

        In other words, Article 19 spells out exactly when an opposing army can ignore the protection given to hospitals. It is only allowed to do so when the hospital is committing acts “harmful to the enemy”, and even then the opposing army is only allowed to consider the protection null and void IF it has given the hospital a warning to cease its harmful activities, given it a reasonable amount of time to do so, and the hospital does not heed the warning by ceasing its harmful activity. As much as it may give you warm fuzzies to think that the IDF warned the hospital that it was going to attack it, that means nothing in international law. The first provision of Article 19 was not met, nor was the second, since the hospital was not itself harming the IDF.

        Allison’s point that there was no weapons cache in the hospital is certainly something to be considered, assuming it is accurate, but it is not dispositive.

        Wow, you’re on one hell of a Ziocaine high. The IDF admitted that it was not targeting the hospital because of anything the hospital did itself. It claims it targeted the hospital because it was within 100 meters of rocket firing. You can’t even read straight, even if it comes from the lips of the IDF.

        Question for you, hophmi: How far away is a hospital supposed to be from a “legitimate target” to avoid being specifically targeted itself? And if a hospital can be a legitimate target because its near to another “legitimate targe”t, can’t that line of thinking be used to make every building in Gaza a so-called legitimate target? Or have I stumbled upon the IDF’s military strategy here?

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2014, 1:48 pm

        “Yeah, strange that I don’t spend every waking moment here.”

        Exactly. There’s always the ‘hang time’ before you’ve synchronized your kvetches , and there are many threads you studiously avoid.

    • talknic
      July 19, 2014, 5:36 pm

      @ hophmi You’re talking about field hospitals. The hospital in question existed BEFORE Israel’ slaughterfest began, rather hard to re-situate.

      • hophmi
        July 19, 2014, 9:27 pm

        No, I’m not talking about field hospitals. I’m talking about civilian hospitals, as is the Geneva Conventions in Article 19. Part of the problem with the Geneva Conventions is that it they were not written with urban warfare in mind, and so determining the answer to the question of what to do when militants break international law by operating in civilian areas and using hospitals as cover is not very easy. Much as a civilian hospital may be hard to re-situate, the question is what happens when the hospital is misused for military purposes. I don’t think there is any disagreement that if a civilian hospital becomes a military command center, a weapons depot, or a place where combatants are firing out of the windows, it forfeits its protected status. The question is what happens when combatants are firing rockets from the hospital’s vicinity so that they can benefit from the hospital’s protected status.

        That is a question Article 19 cannot easily answer.

      • kalithea
        July 20, 2014, 12:32 am

        The question is what happens when combatants are firing rockets from the hospital’s vicinity so that they can benefit from the hospital’s protected status.

        Hasbara bull. The rocket site was 100 meters away! Do you not get distances – do you know how far 100 meters is? Quit protecting your war criminal friends!

        This character H cares squat about the suffering of Palestinians – what the hell is he doing here?

        He does nothing but distort the truth and forces everyone to stoop to respond to hasbara crap.

        When these Zionist criminals are hauled off to a war crimes tribunal then this Hophmi character will get his chance to make his twisted case there! But for him to throw up such deception on this painful event is contemptible. You want boycott and sanctions on Israel? Start by boycotting and sanctioning its hasbara minions.

      • talknic
        July 20, 2014, 3:22 am

        hophmi “No, I’m not talking about field hospitals. I’m talking about civilian hospitals, as is the Geneva Conventions in Article 19. “

        Uh huh. Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War

        ARTICLE 18

        Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick etc. It’s not talking about rehabilitation hospitals already established in peace time

        Commentary – Art. 19. Chapter III : Medical units and establishments

      • talknic
        July 20, 2014, 5:31 am

        @ hophmi “Part of the problem with the Geneva Conventions is that it they were not written with urban warfare in mind”

        Convention (IV) Relative to the Protection of Civilian Personsin Time of War

        So no civilian persons live in urban areas? WOW! That’s amazing!

        Whatever bullsh*t you need to write eh hophmi. Do you really make a complete idiot of yourself for free?

      • hophmi
        July 20, 2014, 1:07 pm

        You’re mixing up Geneva I with Geneva IV, talknic. I don’t know whether you’re doing it intentionally or not, but I’m talking about Geneva IV, Article 19, which discusses civilian hospitals. The law with civilian hospitals is that if they are being used for military purposes, they forfeit their protected status.

      • tree
        July 20, 2014, 3:23 pm

        The law with civilian hospitals is that if they are being used for military purposes, they forfeit their protected status.

        And the IDF specifically stated that El Wafa was NOT being used for military purposes, and yet they bombed it anyway, in violation of the 4th Geneva Convention. You can studiously avoid that fact all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact. It simply reveals your argument as specious.

    • lyn117
      July 19, 2014, 6:37 pm

      100m is a good city block, 10 houses of more or less average lot width. If they can aim accurately enough to hit 4 small boys running from another attack, or even the buildings they claim they actually do target (as advertised on IDF TV), they could avoid hitting the hospital. Even if the rockets were fired from next door, it would not be any evidence that the hospital was being used to attack from. The rockets were not fired from the hospital. Therefore it was still protected.

  8. Justpassingby
    July 19, 2014, 4:44 pm

    In the Guardian today, many high status people urge arms sanctions on Israel.

  9. Shingo
    July 19, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Jon S with hands on ears: “la la la I’m not listening. La la la it was a Hamas base”

    • hophmi
      July 19, 2014, 9:21 pm

      No one is lalalaing Shingo. It’s a tragedy that it had to happen, and it’s a war crime for Hamas to shoot rockets using a civilian hospital for cover. We just place the blame on different parties. But it’s definitely a tragedy.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 20, 2014, 6:10 am

        ”It’s a tragedy that it had to happen”

        It didn’t ‘have to happen’, you fool. It happened because Israel – and I’ll repeat in block caps because you’re still not getting it – CHOSE TO BOMB EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW IT WAS NOT BEING USED FOR MILITARY PURPOSES.

        That clear enough for you?

        And it’s not a tragedy. It’s a war crime.

      • Shingo
        July 20, 2014, 8:35 am

        It’s a tragedy that it had to happen, and it’s a war crime for Hamas to shoot rockets using a civilian hospital for cover.

        It’s a war crime to target civilians and to start the war in the first place. In fact, the crime of aggressive war is he mother of all war crimes and includes all the war crimes that follow.

        So Israel is 100% responsible for this war from A-Z.

        So it’s not tragedy, it’s an outrage and your disgusting little state is going to suffer from this saddism.

      • Justpassingby
        July 20, 2014, 8:45 am

        hophmi

        DOnt you understand that you are brainwashed with racism against palestinians? You need help before you start hurting palestinians.

  10. G. Seauton
    July 19, 2014, 5:50 pm

    Hophmi writes, Article 18: “In view of the dangers to which hospitals may be exposed by being close to military objectives, it is recommended that such hospitals be situated as far as possible from such objectives.” 100m is not very far.

    He conveniently omits the VERY FIRST SENTENCE of Article 18:

    Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.

    link to icrc.org

    Skipping over that sentence is transparently dishonest.

    • G. Seauton
      July 19, 2014, 5:54 pm

      Moreover, Article 19 states:

      The fact that sick or wounded members of the armed forces are nursed in these hospitals, or the presence of small arms and ammunition taken from such combatants and not yet handed to the proper service, shall not be considered to be acts harmful to the enemy.

    • Kris
      July 19, 2014, 7:08 pm

      I’ve stopped reading Hophmi’s posts because they are a waste of time. I have wasted too much time googling his untrue “facts” only to discover that Hophmi is to truth as Zionism is to compassion.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 19, 2014, 11:23 pm

        @ Kris,

        Q: I’ve stopped reading Hophmi’s posts…

        R: Me too.

        I wish this site had an ‘ignore’ button next to a poster’s name, so I don’t have the scroll down all the morally dishonest drivel. That’s a waste of time too.

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2014, 1:54 pm

        “Q: I’ve stopped reading Hophmi’s posts…”

        While that may be the only sensible decision, and one I agree with, there’s still the comforting thought that Hophmi’s archive just keeps on piling up!
        I strongly recommend everybody should, at least once, click on his name and read a few pages into it, and get a dose of the pure unadulterated Hophmi.
        It’s a wide-open view into a closed mind.

      • hophmi
        July 20, 2014, 2:35 pm

        I’m glad my writing brings you so much pleasure, Mooser.

        But I’m not the closed-minded one here.

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Gosh, I can just see Hophmi poring over his archive while dandling his grandchildren on his knee. ‘Look, kiddies, here’s the part where I made a strident defense of bombing hospitals. Aren’t you proud of your old Grampus, now?’

      • hophmi
        July 20, 2014, 2:53 pm

        I will be proud to tell my grandchildren that I stood up to be counted when extremists, whether they favored the terrorists of Hamas or the terrorists of Yitzhar, tried to impose their will and keep people at war.

        I will also tell them that I stood up to people in my own community, whether they were self-hating Jews or outward-hating Jews. Both are dangerous groups of people who hurt everyone, no matter how well-intentioned they think they are.

      • Bumblebye
        July 20, 2014, 3:49 pm

        @ hophmi
        Because a level headed zionist has a chip on each shoulder!

  11. freecatholic808
    July 19, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Where are the Catholic bishops on this? Where is their outrage? They are so strident about wanting to protect life at conception, not so fervent about weighing in to stop the slaughter of innocent children and the helpless.link to dawnmorais.com

    Where are the “pro-lifers?”

    • Daniel Rich
      July 19, 2014, 11:24 pm

      @ freecatholic808,

      Q: Where are the “pro-lifers?”

      R: Their care stops at the bomb womb.

  12. Pat Kittle
    July 19, 2014, 6:50 pm

    If these sociopaths behave like this, why should we believe ANYthing they tell us about ANYthing.

    • Daniel Rich
      July 19, 2014, 11:30 pm

      @ Pat Kittle,

      Q: If these sociopaths behave like this, why should we believe ANYthing they tell us about ANYthing.

      R: Not even the holocaust Tm/C?

  13. Darcha
    July 19, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Interesting stats I found today:
    Isreallycool.com, referring to the ‘Syrian Human Rights Observatory’, reports that 229 people were killed in Syria on 16 July, forty-five of them civilians (link to israellycool.com). Rounding up, this renders a 20% civilian kill ratio. Maybe it was a slow day for killing civilians. Reuters, citing the same source, put the overall death toll in Syria at 150,000, with a third of them as civilians (link to reuters.com). The UN’s currently putting Israel’s civilian kill ratio at 77%.

    If I remember correctly, Assad is a murdering swine, Demon of Damascus, baby-killing raghead while Israel does not ‘deliberately target civilians’.

    Conclusion: Assad should take a page from Israel’s playbook and scream ‘human shield’ at every turn.

    • Kay24
      July 20, 2014, 8:20 am

      That is the deviousness of Israel, they hold the megaphone, control the US media, and the message. The Arabs world despite being accused of spewing their propaganda, has no megaphone, no trained hasbara, to spew lies and their propaganda. Think about it, the most brutal military occupier, ranking 6th largest arms manufacturer, with the 10th powerful army, able to go into any nation and assassinate scientists and leaders, have made Americans think that THEY are the victims of unarmed, powerless people living in the world’s biggest concentration camp. That takes some effort.

  14. Pat Kittle
    July 19, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Here in the US the Israel lobby demands we “celebrate diversity” and open our borders to everyone on Earth…

    …including the victims of Israel’s countless war crimes.

    These shysters need to be exposed for the genocidal hypocrites they are — ASAP!

  15. kalithea
    July 20, 2014, 12:55 am

    I look at the people in those beds having to be hauled away in their writhing pain and deprived of the care they desperately need and I think WAR CRIME.

    Today on the news I saw a baby not more than 2 years old bloodied from head to foot being rushed into a hospital only to be later wrapped in a white cloth because he DIED from his wounds! And wounded and maimed were being brought in non stop! The attending physicians/caregivers in the emergency looked like they were in distress and in very serious need of care and rest themselves! I cannot even begin to fathom what it’s like to give round-the-clock care under those harrowing circumstances. It’s unimaginable to treat people with such inhumanity!

    The entire world must rally to stop this war criminal, ISRAEL. Everyone needs to go out wherever a march is planned in their area and protest the Occupation and the evil that Zionism is proving to be.

    • Daniel Rich
      July 20, 2014, 4:48 am

      @ kalithea,

      Q: Everyone needs to go out wherever a march is planned in their area and protest the Occupation and the evil that Zionism is proving to be.

      R: That won’t work. The only thing that will stop this monster is violence. This is your wacko schoolyard bully, way out of control, because the dude thinks nobody’s gonna stop him.

      The US should bomb a few empty lots around Tel Aviv and say, “If you don’t stop your crimes against humanity immediately, we’ll turn ‘The Heart of Tel Aviv’ into a cold, lifeless mass before you can yell ‘AIPAC!’ Oh, and we lost your check in the mail…”

      Not that it will happen, but that’s the only viable option to end this horrendous killing spree..

    • Miriam
      July 20, 2014, 4:20 pm

      Kalithea…..the photo of a newborn baby wrapped in white swaddling material, is actually a shroud….is a photo I too am familiar with….as I saw that neonate’s photographic image being delivered from its mother the day before….it was delivered so that the viewer could see the wound that killed mother and baby ‘in utero’ minutes before. A large hole mid thoracic spine of newborn. I have no tears left…only a burning in my eyes at what we are able to witness…during this latest ethnic cleansing…what Eichman was prosecuted and hanged for….ghettoization and ethnic cleansing. That photograph is one of many that haunts.

  16. Daniel Rich
    July 20, 2014, 1:06 am

    Gaza death toll passes 350 as world protests Israeli incursion.

    The ff-ing ‘world community’s’ outrage is ff-ing deafening. What a ff-ing sham.

    Not a proud moment to be a westerner… not at all…

    • Shingo
      July 20, 2014, 7:24 am

      Thanks for that link Daniel,

      This is turning into an absolute PR disaster for Israel and Netenyahu on all fronts. The world leaders who continue to stand with Israel are going to pay a huge price for this.

      Israel are looking like Nazis and even the Iranian Jewish leaders are mSkinv this comparison. That’s gotta hurt conning from Iran.

      In Israel, Netenyahu is also in deep water. He can’t deliver on any of his stated goals and he’s powerless to stop
      the rockets.

      Even worse is that the limits of Israel’s power are again being exposed.

      • Kay24
        July 20, 2014, 8:29 am

        Maybe that is why he is giving an opportunity to lie and try to convince the world he needs to kill babies, to save his people (from what really, to make sure their occupation goes smoothly, without retaliation?) from rockets that did not kill. Dermer has stated they have lost the PR war to Hamas, so the Butcher will do the rounds in the US media, who will be gushing over their hero. The man who has the courage to kill Arab babies.

    • Mooser
      July 20, 2014, 2:42 pm

      There will be a huge toll among the refugees from Gaza. For anybody in the slightest way vulnerable (older, ill, very young, pregnant, etc) a displacement like that may be tantamount to a death sentence.

      • tree
        July 20, 2014, 3:34 pm

        Exactly, Mooser. It is, as Ilan Pappe has called it, an incremental genocide.

        In a September 2006 article for The Electronic Intifada, I defined the Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip as an incremental genocide.

        Israel’s present assault on Gaza alas indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action — then and now — within a wider historical context.

        This context should be insisted upon, since the Israeli propaganda machine attempts again and again to narrate its policies as out of context and turns the pretext it found for every new wave of destruction into the main justification for another spree of indiscriminate slaughter in the killing fields of Palestine.

        The context

        The Zionist strategy of branding its brutal policies as an ad hoc response to this or that Palestinian action is as old as the Zionist presence in Palestine itself. It was used repeatedly as a justification for implementing the Zionist vision of a future Palestine that has in it very few, if any, native Palestinians.

        The means for achieving this goal changed with the years, but the formula has remained the same: whatever the Zionist vision of a Jewish State might be, it can only materialize without any significant number of Palestinians in it. And nowadays the vision is of an Israel stretching over almost the whole of historic Palestine where millions of Palestinians still live.

        link to electronicintifada.net

    • Miriam
      July 20, 2014, 4:25 pm

      As per NYTimes just now….4:30pm EST, the death toll exceeds the RT count of half a day ago , now stands at:
      “After 13 days of fighting, at least 417 Palestinians and 18 Israelis have died.”

  17. anthonybellchambers
    July 20, 2014, 2:17 am

    Rage against Israel. An open letter to Mr B

    It’s taken you well over 1000 words to construct a tirade of invective for what you could have said in one sentence – that with Israel the world has a double standard. And you would be, and are, spectacularly ignorant or possibly blind, and we wonder, why?

    Your friend, Israel, is the only state in the world that has inflicted upon an indigenous people an occupation that has lasted nearly 50 years. That has kept 1.6 million men women and children under a blockade for six years. That induced half a million of its citizens to leave their homes in Israel to settle in the Occupied Territories in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Tell us Mr B, which other state does that?

    And as for the wholesale killing of entire families of innocent civilians, that is deliberate Mr B, not accidental. When other states go to war, collateral damage IS really collateral damage! The half a century of humiliation that has been heaped upon the indigenous people of Palestine is a war crime, as you must know well when you pause in your weekly political column to write a puerile piece of nonsense calculated to propagate propaganda in your quest to be recognised as a writer.

    Arrogance my friend is the watchword! The arrogance of the European and American Zionists who, not content with controlling the US congress actually are intent on extending the influence of the lobby throughout the world.

    And as for the Likud government: read and absorb their agenda!

    “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel’s existence, security and national needs.”

    link to spiked-online.com

  18. Citizen
    July 20, 2014, 3:12 am

    What Israel is doing is breeding future terrorists everywhere. Everybody should contact their congress critters by name and tell them Israel is drawing a target on every American’s back. Further, we should all remind our congress critters that US law bars giving US weapons to another state engaged in war crimes.

    • Kay24
      July 20, 2014, 8:12 am

      Congress is willing to break any laws, international or national, to support a despised rogue nation wage it’s wars against it’s unarmed neighbors, time and time again. You are right, Israel is making more and more enemies, and future generations, who watch the massacre of their people, have been sown the seeds of hate. Israel leaders, and most of it’s people, resort to violence first, with no intelligence to realize what the consequences of such brutality has long term.
      They may be experts in technology, but so dumb when it comes to common sense.

  19. Accentitude
    July 20, 2014, 5:15 am

    Every time I think that Israel couldn’t possibly commit a more heinous act, they surprise me and once again It sickens me that so-called nations that claim to be peace-loving and democratic preach about all rights of all persons to pursue freedom, liberty and self determination while actively funding and arming genocidal parties who commit blatant atrocities without so much as a hiccup. Whereas in the past, Israel would commit genocide and then cover it up, they are now not bothering with the efforts to cover up anything. I’m sure the “cover up” must be budgeted and they’d rather spend it on more important things like white phosphorous to incinerate women and children.

    But look on the bright side, maybe Catherine Ashton will express her “concern” between bites of a Croissant with cheese and Obama will express that both sides should show “restraint” giving the impression that this is a war between two equal armies and of course the MSM will run with it. After all, its the victims’ faults that they are occupied by the occupier. This isn’t a war between two armies. It is a war between arguably the most technologically advanced military in the entire world and a densely populated open air prison consisting of a little over 1.5 million of the most destitute people in the entire world packed like rats with no place to run. This isn’t a war. It’s genocide and it is exactly what Bibi wants because he has already tested the waters, and now he knows that no one will ever stand in his way or make him stop.

    But of course, maybe the ineffective UN Security Council might pass a resolution that will be largely ignored before the death toll hits 1,000.

    Today, I am thoroughly disgusted to be a human being on this sick repulsive planet…in case you had any doubts.

  20. Kay24
    July 20, 2014, 7:56 am

    If you want to watch a shameless display of kissing Bibi’s behind, you can see what would be the gushing interview by AIPACs ex journalist Blitzer. Soft balls will be lobbed, and the questions would be such that the butcher of Tel Aviv, would easily slip in the lies, justifications, and ignore the occupation.
    Take your anti-nausea pills as a caution. At the end you may feel Blitzer must bow down and kiss the ring of his lord and master.
    The zionist media yet again giving the butcher a chance to justify the killing of children.

    • Justpassingby
      July 20, 2014, 8:46 am

      Dont watch that s*it at all, that is just brainwashing propaganda.

      • Kay24
        July 20, 2014, 9:15 am

        I will not, it makes me sick to watch that butcher lie, although they had the opening act just now…John Kerry, making the case for Israel’s brutality. How those rockets keep coming at the poor Israeli people, how he heard sirens during conversations with the butchers, making his realize how difficult it must be for them.
        HE FAILED TO MENTION THAT THE PALESTINIANS HAVE NO SIRENS AND SHELTERS, and that THEY are the real victims here, but of course, he justified the massacre, in such a great way, I wonder if he also went for one of those hasbara seminars, in how to deflect and lie.

      • Citizen
        July 20, 2014, 10:28 am

        Kerry is just a guy who was born into wealth and influence, married into more of the same, has a very mediocre mind and imagination. He’s like the icon of political S.O.P. Of course he cares more about his sailing boat than any abstract Palestinian. He’d agree AIPAC is not abstract at all. Glen Greenwald laid out the archetype for US politicians when it comes to foreign policy int the ME, indeed when it comes to anything Israel’s agenda touches.

  21. Talkback
    July 20, 2014, 9:10 am

    So it actually is genocide.

    • Justpassingby
      July 20, 2014, 9:18 am

      415 dead now and west is silent, really disgusting!
      Today israel and killed 40 people in one street in a massacre, such perverts.

  22. Marnie
    July 20, 2014, 12:53 pm

    From the israeli “Der Spiegel” (Arutz Sheva)

    Israel ‘Planning Next Steps’ to Avoid Disaster, Bennett Says

    Bennett warns that alternative to ground operation was ‘an Israeli 9/11.’
    By Ido Ben Porat

    First Publish: 7/20/2014, 12:19 PM
    Ground offensive in Gaza
    IDF/Flash 90
    Israel’s ongoing defensive operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, is critical to civilian safety, Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday.

    “The operation is vital, and it is progressing as we planned,” Bennett told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio).

    The IDF has uncovered dozens of terrorist tunnels in northern Gaza. Several tunnels led far into Israel. One was used Saturday to attack soldiers in the Negev, killing two.

    The operation’s necessity “goes beyond just the matter of tunnels,” Bennett noted.

    “We’re definitely planning the next steps. If it weren’t for the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11,” he warned.

    “We’re paying a heavy price, and we will continue to pay a price, but we are preventing very serious attacks on innocent Israeli civilians,” he stated.

    Coalition head MK Yariv Levin (Likud) made similar statements Sunday morning. “Israel ignored a ‘terror fortress’ in Gaza that could have led to terrorist attacks with unprecedented civilian casualties,” he stated.

    “The current operation is a war of necessity, there were no other options,” he said. “The brave soldiers fighting in Gaza are fighting in an operation that is vital to the security of Israel’s citizens.”

    “We’re paying a heavy price, and we will continue to pay a price, but we are preventing very serious attacks on innocent Israeli civilians,” he stated.

    The only suffering going on is in Gaza. What heavy price is he talking about?

  23. Miriam
    July 20, 2014, 3:52 pm

    EVIDENCE of WAR CRIME:
    “IDF News Desk also confirmed that the MILITARY UNDERSTOOD THERE WERE NO WEAPONS INSIDE of el-Wafa hospital….”

    This is clear acknowledgement – on the record, by the occupier- exactly what is “legally” understood as a war crime, by their OWN legal interpretation as I read earlier today on (ugh) Gatestone written by Shoshana Bryen.

  24. TruthSeeker420
    July 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

    Of course there is little to do against the anti-Israely propaganda that i see here.
    Maybe we can relate it to the latest “youtube-knowledge” about how the world is forming into a global-shadow-government and etc. maybe all of you hate the US also, or think that we(The Jews) are should be dead. But if you have a mind that can think and see reality just behind the “youtube experts”, read this.

    I am Israely. won`t lie, a proud one.
    I do admit that the Palestinians(the people that lived here before 1948) are suffering and suffered. I do believe that we need to seek peace, we need them to live honorably, we need them to be able to learn, work, give children and have a safe and bright future for their children.
    I believe that every jew in every state, and every human been deserve the same.
    For your information, the Al-Shifa hospital in which the HAMAS leaders are hiding, was built by Israel. and he is the largest and the advanced hospital in Gaza. We built it concrete basment, that the leaders of HAMAS use it as a commanding bunker. You think those are lies? I`v been in Gaza. Have you??

    In 2006, Israel left Gaza. You don`t believe what it took for us as a people to destroy the houses that our own people built. I never wish this to anyone. The reason that this step was taken, is to permit Gaza to be self-sustained economy/state.
    The HAMAS was choosen(or not choosen, whatever you believe) as the representative of the new Gaza state. Shorter afterward missles started to fly above Israel. Of course you would say, you are blockading Gaza and they are fighting for their freedom. But the truth is that there was no blockade on gaza on 2006. Only guarded boarder. They could exit/enter Egypt as they want. The question is why?
    Many answers can be provided, but the one i choose to believe to, is the HAMAS statement. What is HAMAS, and why do they excsit? The answer is simply(and test this answer if you know Arabic as i do). The HAMAS is standing against the non-believer in the land of Palestine(where is it btw?). The only way to do it as they claim, is by fighting a holy war against the Jews. As long as a Jew in Israel, they will fight them and kill them. That is what they say to us. What do we say? No problem for me if the Arabs will be together with us on this land. We have Arabs parties in our Knesset, we have Arabs working with me on my job, I am buying from Arabs. I have Arab friends. I don`t see them less, or beneath me, i see them equal.
    So why can`t we get along? is it because we seek war and want to destroy Arab children?? But if it was so why are we not sending our land-to-land missles and get it over with?? Because of the world?? well the world as you see, hate us already and “see through our lies”, so why not?

    Because we do not want to kill anyone. We can live in peace with each Arab that would like to live with peace with us. Like we live with Jordan, Egypt, and etc.
    The only thing we want is to live, feed our families, work, and that`s it. We don`t have a single statement in our Independence declaration about murder, or blood. Maybe only the blood of our brothers from Europe. Why can`t we live in peace in land of our fathers?

    Please, spear me the “war of crime” that is done by Israel, because HAMAS can do war crimes a thousand times, but no one would condemn them. Why? because they can`t aim their rockets straight to Tel Aviv? because we better and smarter? and we have more money and we can shoot down anything they throw at us? Because of that they can do crime wars(shooting from civilian facilities) and no one would notice?
    HAMAS is not signed on any agreement.

    • tree
      July 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

      History of Al-Shifa hospital:

      Al-Shifa, which means “healing” in Arabic, was originally a British Army barracks, but was transformed into a center to provide treatment for quarantine and febrile diseases by the government of the British Mandate of Palestine. Prior to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, al-Shifa was the only hospital in Gaza. When the Egyptians administered the Gaza Strip after the war, the quarantine and febrile diseases department was relocated to another area in the city and al-Shifa developed into the central hospital of Gaza. Initially, a department for internal medicine was established, followed by a new wing for surgery, and subsequently new buildings for pediatrics and ophthalmology were added to the hospital.[3]

      After a brief occupation by Israel during the 1956 Suez Crisis, the returning Egyptian administration, under directives by president Gamal Abdel Nasser, paid more attention to the health and social situation of Gaza, and al-Shifa was expanded to include departments for obstetrics and gynecology. They established a new health administration for the Gaza region, later building several clinics throughout the city that were attended by doctors from the hospital.[4] The largest department in al-Shifa was internal medicine (100 beds), then pediatrics (70 beds), surgery (50 beds), ophthalmology (20 beds) and gynecology (10 beds).[5]

      Israeli occupation and Palestinian contro

      When Israel reoccupied Gaza in the 1967 Six-Day War, the entire Egyptian administration and staff in the hospital were taken prisoner.[6] By 1969, the internal medicines department grew to contain several sub-departments.[7] The hospital underwent a major Israeli renovation in the 1980s as part of a showcase project to improve the living conditions of Gaza residents.[8]

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      According to Haaretz, as part of the 1980’s renovation, Israel built Building 2 at Al-Shifa, which included a large basement for laundry and administrative services. This basement is where Israel alleges Hamas leadership is hiding, but given the existence of numerous tunnels, which appear to be far safer than a hospital that the IDF has repeatedly attacked, it seems rather unlikely.

      link to haaretz.com

      Of course, Wikipedia insists that Ahmed Jabari (second in command of Hamas military wing, since killed in an assassination by Israel in 2012) hid there in 2008. However its sources for the allegation merely state that the Shin Bet believed that (unnamed) Hamas leadership was hiding there, not that it was proven or admitted.

  25. Shingo
    July 21, 2014, 6:43 pm

    For your information, the Al-Shifa hospital in which the HAMAS leaders are hiding, was built by Israel.

    Zero evidence to support that claim.

    We built it concrete basment, that the leaders of HAMAS use it as a commanding bunker.

    Zero evidence to support that too. The fact you have been to Gaza won’t change that. If you were in Gaza, then it was before 2006, at which point Hamas did not control the territory and if they did have a command bunker there, they wouldn’t have allowed you in to see it.

    Do you see how pathetic you Israeli apologist sound? You idiots don’t even come to this forum prep apart. You do ‘to think through the logic if the Hasbara you are going to deliver or ask yourself, are there any holes or glaring contradictions in my case?

    BTW. You are either lying about those dates or your memory is scrambled. Israel completed it’s pull out from Gaza Sept 2005. By early 2006, Israel had fired around 4,000 shekels into Gaza, which they would not have done had Israelis still been there.

    . You don`t believe what it took for us as a people to destroy the houses that our own people built. I never wish this to anyone.

    Setting aside the fact your homes were illegally built and that you had no right to be there, I am quite you would have much preferred a foreign army to invade Gaza, raid your house in the middle of the night, expel you and your family and bulldoze your home.

    Of course, you didn’t have to destroy anything. You could have left the building.

    The reason that this step was taken, is to permit Gaza to be self-sustained economy/state.

    Rubbish. Dov Weisglass already told us that Sharon’s plan was to turn Haza into an open air prison and put Gazans on a diet. As soon as Israel completed the withdrawal, it locked Gaza down and sealed the borders and tightened check points.

    Even before Hamas won the election, Israel were holding up trucks at check points for 4-5 hours. These were unrefrigerated trucks, so the produce they were carrying for export to Europe spoiled in this sun. This was deliberate.

    Shorter afterward missles started to fly above Israel.

    Not that Hamas were elected in 2006. By that stage, Israel had fired 7,700 shells into Gaza, but as usually, you sick fascists expect Gazans to sit still and take that on the chin. The clock always starts on your timeline the moment Israel is on the receiving end.
    What you also leave out is the fact that following this election, Israel did to Gaza what it did to the West Bank a few weeks ago following the disappeared of the 3 teens, they raided Gaza, killed hundreds and arrested hundreds of Hamas law makers.
    But the truth is that there was no blockade on gaza on 2006. Only guarded boarder.

    That’s demonstrably false. Immediately following Israel’s withdrawal, Israell imposed the blockade, albeit unofficially. As by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar documented in their book, “Lords of the Land”,
    “After Israel withdrew it’s forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel’s military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with nearly a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it’s inhabitants, by means of it’s formidable military might.”

    They could not exit/enter Egypt as the Rafah was closed right away at Washington’s and Israel’s behest.

    The HAMAS is standing against the non-believer in the land of Palestine(where is it btw?).

    False. Hamas is a resistance movement that Israel helped create to offset the influence of the PLO. It was a strategy of divide and conquer. They regard this as a holy war against Israel the same way Israeli right wing extremists regard this as a holy war against Islam.

    As long as a Jew in Israel, they will fight them and kill them.

    That’s false too. They have repeatedly endorsed the 2ss and called for 2 peoples to live side by side. The trouble is that every time they make such a peace offer, Israel responds with military aggression.

    I don`t see them less, or beneath me, i see them equal. So why can`t we get along?

    So prove it and call for Israel to be one democratic state for all it’s citizens as opposed to a Jewish state for Jews only. Actions speak louder than worlds

    But if it was so why are we not sending our land-to-land missles and get it over with??

    Because Israel is an artificial, fragile and unsustainable entity that relies almost entirely on foreign largesse, support, diplomatic protection etc. If Israel were to resort to such blatant acts of genocide, not even the US could protect Israel from the ICC, international sanctions, boycott, and total isolation.
    Yes you are hated, but your agents in other countries are still able to bribe, blackmail, and guilt trip the leaders of western countries into supporting you. Your leaders know very well that if they pushed their luck, that balance could be flipped and your little project would collapse.

    We can live in peace with each Arab that would like to live with peace with us. Like we live with Jordan, Egypt, and etc.

    No, you only chose to live in peace with states who were forced or bribed into signing grossly one sided peace treaties with Israel mediated by the US. 22 Arab States have signed a peace offer, now a decade old and still on the table that offers to recognize Israel and normalize relations. Israel has rejected it repeatedly because it requires Israel to end the occupation.
    So if you want to live in peace with the Arab world, you have no excuse. So why has Israel not agreed to this offer? We know why, because Israel wants to keep the land it stole.

    No you do not only want to to live, feed your families, and work, you want to keep land that does not belong to you and want to cleanse it of the Arab population living there.

    We don`t have a single statement in our Independence declaration about murder, or blood.

    No, but the Likud Charter does along with statements by political parties like Shas and Betar.

    Why can`t we live in peace in land of our fathers?

    Because you chose not to. Israel has chosen land and territory over peace. You can’t have both.

    Please, spear me the “war of crime” that is done by Israel, because HAMAS can do war crimes a thousand times, but no one would condemn them. Why?

    Because you commit far more of them and far more egregious. Also because Israel is guilty of the most severe war crime – that of military aggression. At Numerberg, they decided that this war crime was unique in that it encompassed responsibility for all the war crimes that followed. That means that Israel is ultimately responsible for the war crimes committed by Hamas.

    And seriously, do you expect anyone to draw equivalence between a rocket that lands in the Negev with a 1000lb bomb that takes out an entire apartment block and kills everyone inside?

    and we have more money and we can shoot down anything they throw at us?

    Correction: you were given money by the US to pay for it.

    Seriously, your post has to be among the most pathetic efforts I have seen on this forum. All you have done is confirm how tone deaf, blind, isolated and psychologically infantile and fragile Israelis are. Zionism truly is a morally corrupt and anti intellectual ideology.

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