U.N. FINALLY WARNS ISRAEL THAT CUTTING FUEL TO THE GAZA BREACHES INTERNATIONAL LAW.
I wrote two weeks ago about Israel’s plans to cut off fuel supplies to the Gaza suggesting that what they were about to do constitutes a war crime. It now seems that the Israelis are going ahead with their plans to deprive the Gazan people of desperately need fuel having declared that the Gaza is ‘an enemy entity’ and ‘hostile territory’. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement released yesterday has urged Israel to reconsider their position reminding them that they would be in violation of international law if they went ahead with their proposal. Since the Israelis consider themselves to be at war with Hamas, punishing the Gazan people in order to deliver a blow to Hamas is not just a ‘breach in international law’, it is an actual war crime whereby a collective punishment is being administered to the Gazan people because they are governed by Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office has released a statement saying “Hamas is a terrorist organization that has taken control of the Gaza Strip and turned it into hostile territory,” and that “This organization engages in hostile activity against the State of Israel and its citizens and bears responsibility for this activity.” It should be noted that in fact Hamas had not ‘taken control’ of the Gaza Strip, they had already been given control of what is left of Palestine by the Palestinian people themselves in a democratic election that saw Hamas romp home well ahead of the corrupt Fatah organisation. It should also be noted that the Gaza Strip has been turned into ‘hostile territory’ not by Hamas but by Israel itself that continues its murderous incursions into the Strip, and that the use of rockets by Hamas and other resistance organisations is in an attempt to discourage further Israeli aggression in the Gaza and West Bank.
ISRAEL FINALLY ADMITS WHAT THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS – IT DID FLY INTO SYRIAN AIRSPACE.
However, they still won’t say what the purpose of the raid was and the Syrians aren’t helping by being quiet about what happened while Israeli aircraft were in their skies. Benjamin Netanyahu, by openly congratulating Prime Minister Olmert on the operation, has at least confirmed that the raid over Syria did take place.
Sol Salbe gives an interesting analysis of what he thinks it was all about but, until the Syrians open up and tell us their version, we are unlikely to know for sure what happened any time soon. Suffice to say that it no doubt has a great deal to do with Israel’s preparation for the Final Confrontation.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE DEATH OF A LEBANESE FASCIST POLITICIAN IF THE FINGER OF BLAME WAS POINTED TOWARD THE SYRIANS?
The death of Lebanese politician Antoine Ghanem of the Christian Phalange Party by a car bomb has raised tensions against Syria up another notch. While Ghanem was anti-Syrian, the Syrians would in no way have benefited by his death – especially in these times when Israel are just looking for every excuse to pounce on Syria – which, of course, begs the question; who does stand to benefit by Ghanem’s death? Who are the renowned experts in the use of car bombs having nigh-on invented them when they first used them in Palestine on 12 January 1947?