Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative and Qaddoura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, have recently inferred that Palestinian prisoners taken by the Israelis are being executed after capture during the present invasion. There seems to be many unaccounted for fighters who Mr Fares says “…gives the army the opportunity to execute them, throw their bodies in the streets, and claim that they were killed in during clashes”.
These are very grave accusations and, if true, amount to extremely serious war crimes being perpetrated, not as some spontaneous reaction by frustrated soldiers, which is bad enough in itself if they were being executed summararily immediately after capture, but as an organised and pre-planned deliberate action that was conceived by at least high-ranking officers and could go all the way up to the Prime Minister certainly to Barak the Defence Minister and Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the Israeli Defence forces.
Other warcrimes include the deliberate shelling of buildings known to contain children and other civilians and the use of phosphorous shells in built up areas known to house civilians. Other crimes are said to include the killing of children and other civilians by Israeli snipers. Snipers are also being accused of deliberately targeting first aid workers and medical personnel while other IDF forces are also accused of deliberately killing aid transport truck drivers. All of these are war crimes.
The problem now is; who is documenting these crimes? If they are not documented quickly, then most of the perpetrators, if not all of them, will get away with their crimes. It is time that the blogosphere itself help to document these crimes by establishing a blogsite which anyone can contribute to and where the data can be stored and sifted through later by qualified investigators. The website must be free and open. Experts can soon determine serious accusations and set aside those that warrant further investigation. Israeli soldiers, airman, tank commanders and others should also be encouraged to proffer evidence and told that most assuredly time will ultimately catch up with their misdeeds and that they will be punished eventually – even if its only by their own conscience.
Expose those that are guilty. Name them now. Note the markings on their tanks, vehicles, aircraft and helicopters. Let them be identified. Note the date. Write down what happened. Tell the world who have died and who have gone missing.
Jocelyn Braddell’s blog, thehandstand links to some disturbing war crimes stuff (scroll down the left side nav bar) especially from electronicintifada who are detailing names and specific times and places which can later be traced back to Israeli military records.