“Disabled for life” by Israel’s shoot-to-cripple policy

And the response by Western leaders to the wanton slaughter in Gaza and Israeli snipers' use of high velocity dum-dum rounds on civilians? Some are happy to leave the rogue state to investigate itself.

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Writing in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza, Dr Nafiz Abu-Shaban, reports that the death and injury toll by sniper fire, as at 18 May, was 117 dead, including 13 children, and 12,271 injured, of whom 6,760 had been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. The numbers will be considerably higher by now.

Worse still, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who operate in Gaza, the Israelis have been using ammunition that causes fist-sized wounds of “unusual severity”.
In a press release dated 19 April MSF surgeons in Gaza report “devastating gunshot wounds among hundreds of people injured during the protests over recent weeks. The huge majority of patients – mainly young men, but also some women and children – have unusually severe wounds to the lower extremities. MSF medical teams note the injuries include an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue, and large exit wounds that can be the size of a fist.

“Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Head of Mission of MSF in Palestine. “These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

She is reported saying that she hadn’t seen these kind of injuries before. The wounds appeared to be caused by ammunition with an expanding ‘butterfly’ effect.

“Mass lifelong disability now the prospect for young Gazans who merely gathered in unarmed protest”

Abu-Shaban says the hundreds of high energy compound tibial fractures from Israeli live fire are the most difficult of all open fractures to treat. They may require between 5 and 7 surgical procedures, each operation taking 3-6 hours. “Even with state-of-the-art reconstruction, healing takes 1-2 years. Most of these patients will develop osteomyelitis. A steadily increasing toll of secondary amputations is inevitable. They will also need intensive rehabilitation, but the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza was destroyed by
Israeli bombing in 2014 and has not been re-built. Mass lifelong disability is now the prospect facing Gazan citizens, largely young, who were merely gathering in unarmed protest about Israeli occupation and siege that has rendered their political and social futures impossible.”

Reconstructing such injuries is far beyond the capabilities of Gazan medical services, now severely run down after 12 years of Israeli siege. Shifa is swamped and has no beds let alone the dedicated Limb Salvage Teams necessary for this work. Even London hospitals, which are fully resourced, would be stretched if confronted with mass casualties of this kind, says Abu-Shaban. “How are we here in Gaza to manage this situation? Why has no European government spoken out about events which if they had happened elsewhere would surely have been called an international outrage and probable war crime?”

Good question. The sniveling international community does nothing to stop the vile crimes perpetrated by the self-styled ‘most moral army inthe world’.

“I understand there is now the question of an investigation by the International Criminal Court,” says the good doctor hopefully. Well, not quite. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has adopted a resolution to set up an independent, international Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of humanitarian and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, with a particular focus on recent events in Gaza.
The resolution passed with only two states opposing (the USA and another of Israel’s poodles, Australia), 29 in favour, and 14 abstentions. The UK was one of those abstaining, alongside the EU states of Croatia, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia.

“Gazans did all the dying and the Israeli soldiers did all the killing”


Trying to explain its abstention, the UK Mission in Geneva called the resolution “partial and unhelpfully unbalanced” for not “explicitly call[ing] for an investigation into the action of non-state actors such as Hamas.” The UK Government then issued this feeble statement: “In addition to abstaining on today’s resolution, we call directly on Israel to make clear its intentions and carry out what must be a transparent inquiry into the IDF’s conduct at the border fence and to demonstrate how this will achieve a sufficient level of independence. This investigation should include international members. The death toll alone warrants such a comprehensive inquiry. We urge that the findings of such an investigation be made public, and if wrongdoing is found, that those responsible be held to account.”

Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem had called the already-announced internal Israeli military probe “part of the whitewashing toolkit”. And the British Government was sharply criticised in parliament for its limp-wristed attitude and reminded of Israel’s self-exoneration over the killing of four boys playing on a beach during the 2014 military offensive on Gaza.

“Systematic failure by Israel to carry out genuine investigations”

The preamble to the UNHRC resolution states the reasons for action brilliantly and is worth highlighting here….

  • Convinced that the lack of accountability for violations of international law reinforces a culture of impunity, leading to a recurrence of violations and seriously endangering international peace,
  • Noting the systematic failure by Israel to carry out genuine investigations in an impartial, independent, prompt and effective way, as required by international law, into the violence and offences against Palestinians by the occupying forces, and to establish judicial accountability for its actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
  • Emphasizing the obligations of Israel as the occupying Power to ensure the safety, well-being and protection of the Palestinian civilian population under its occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
  • Emphasizing also that the intentional targeting of civilians and other protected persons in situations of armed conflict, including foreign occupation, constitutes a grave breach of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and poses a threat to international peace and security,
  • Recognizing the importance of the right to life and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association to the full enjoyment of all human rights…

Despite all that, avid Israel admirer Theresa May, barmy Boris Johnson and the insufferably gutless spivs now populating the Foreign Office still couldn’t bring themselves to support the resolution.

“To live is to resist”

Another voice from Gaza, which I shall not name, reports:
“As you know we don’t have enough supply of electricity which means lots of hurdles and difficulties on all aspects of life. The conditions in Gaza are the most difficult ones in terms of the Zionist killings and aggression against the Great Marches of Return. I myself went there to the borders with my family three times and saw how their evil soldiers shooting innocent children and women. I heard some of the guys shouting that they have got nothing to loose. To live is to resist. That’s what we also teach to our students and young generations. The oppressed and occupied have got the right to resist by all means available.

“It is a pity and tragic as well that the injured could not find enough medical care and nursing due to the shortage of medical staff and equipment. Can you imagine? So many causalities were sent home after receiving only first aid and some sort of dressings to their wounds as there were no enough beds and treatment for them. That’s why many have lost their legs (amputations) where the enemies are using high velocity bullets.”

Boys’ legs the target

The shoot-to-cripple policy by Israel is nothing new. Retired trauma surgeon David Halpin, who has often worked on a voluntary basis in Gaza hospitals, drew attention to it in January 2011: “The deliberate injury of the limbs of 23 boys by high velocity weapons has been logged and described by Defence for Children International Palestine Branch (DCI-P) since March 2010.”

He pointed to the extreme poverty of large extended families which had forced boys and men to scavenge for broken concrete (‘gravel’) in the evacuated Eli Sinai ‘settlement’ and in the industrial zone by the Erez border control post at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. “The factories of the industrial zone have been progressively demolished by Israeli shelling etc…. A donkey and cart, shovel, pick, sieve, muscles and courage are the tools. The rubble is used to make blocks and poured concrete with the cement that is imported largely through the tunnels. Many dozens of men and boys do this work for precious shekels in the shadow of manned watch towers and under ‘drones’ above.”

A leg was the target in most cases, says Halpin. And where the leg was not the target it is likely the sniper was ‘aiming up’ so the flank, elbow etc was hit instead. “No weapons were being borne by the gravel workers so they posed no threat to the Israeli Occupation Force personnel. Instead they were bending their backs to their menial work within their internment camp.” In many cases those hit were likely to have lifelong disability. That, it seems, continues to be the Israeli regime’s sickening aim.

And to think that its chief degenerate, Netanyahu, was allowed to set foot in London earlier this week in his never-ending quest to demonize those who stand in the way of Israel’s warmongering and expansionist ambition – namely Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah…


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16 COMMENTS

  1. … and when Ms. Becky has had her fill of target practice on human targets, she will go back to Brooklyn or Boston, finish her studies and stand in line for appointment to high offices within the US government.

    • i use to speak (on saturdays and sundays) wave messages on religious or news israelians radios and from now on i won’t be respectuous with these israelians women. that’s wont be very glorious ! …but i don’t care !

  2. This criminal act exemplifies why israelis are respected worldwide for their “bravery.” The world needs more of this kind of equal, balanced, “justified” exterminations, huh?

  3. Cheers. I’ve never seen the problem in simply admitting you don’t know something. After all, none of us can ever know everything. When it comes to Hitler and the Nazis, we will always have more questions than answers, and sadly, little will ever alter that as the records are either gone or locked away to never see the light of day.

  4. In light of Gordy’s Pizzagate revelations of what exactly is true, I’ll have to take the Rothschild Hitler connection with a proverbial grain of salt. It’s just that since I want to believe it, that makes it so suspect. When you go on youtube, search Rothschild and see how many cool things popup to distract you. This is where you find the fun disinformation. Bigfoot, Aliens, Time-Travel with some Larry Bird thrown in for grins.

  5. How many readers could point a weapon at a teenager, throwing a rock, knowing that the dum-dum bullet in the cartridge will kill or cripple him. How many could do the same to a teenager engaged in peaceful protest in his homeland. How many readers could shoot a young child or a woman. Think about this and reread the artcle. Thank you Mr. Littlewood.

    • The scornful attitude to the Palestinians, the feeling of supremacy, shooting distance and perverted, sadistic mind allows them to make such crimes. A computer shooter. Israel army degenerates deserve meeting a real soldiers. Shooting kids, women, elders, any person without arms is a crime.

  6. As always, I’ll give you an honest answer – I simply don’t know, I have heard that story about Hitler and the Rothschilds, but your guess is as good as mine as to it’s veracity. One reason we have a big blank about Hitler is the destruction of records, for instance, the Vienna police files were destroyed during WW2, neatly getting rid of the information about what Hitler was really upto in Vienna before WW1, maybe he really was living the life of a gay prostitute as alleged, maybe not, we will never know now.

  7. W Jabbe thank you for the video of Mr Little. Zionism is like a cancer spreading in the whole world. USA people are used as financial slaves working their lives off to maintain Israel. It is time to wake up and make the UN, NATO and the rest of the world to raise against this world danger as they create wars to control countries and at the same time make a fortune out of people’s missfortunes

  8. Which Nazis were Jewish? There is no evidence of that, the only one I know of that was rumoured is Reinhard Heydrich, but even that is not certain. Goering, Hess, Bormann, Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, not a Jew among them, so who are you referring to?

  9. MOA – you are talking about Neturei Karta, Torah believing Jews who want Israel dismantled. They are the good Samaritan Jews who do not put the word of God beneath that disgusting Talmud. There are many Christians who do not support Israel because it is the enemy of Jesus Christ. Do you not do any research into this? Putting Christians in parenthesis means you group the phonies in with the real and that is total BS!!

  10. https://www.bitchute.com/video/fZvRc15gc8kd/

    Watch and listen to the video at the above link. Patrick Little, a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan, is placing his courage and intelligence on the line to challenge the Zionist Lobby in California. He is challenging Diane Feinstein who will be 91 if she completes another term serving the Zionists in our corrupt Congress. Patrick Little is a very intelligent and articulate advocate for America not Israel. Watch him stand and spit on the flag of Israel in the video above. Listen to his correct statements of how Israel is a terrorist nation and how the whores in our Congress serve Israel and how he plans to change this.

    • When He spoke of Israel using napalm to kill the wounded being triaged on the deck of the crippled U.S.S. Liberty and then leaned down and spat on the Israeli flag I thought I had seen it all. Too bad he didn’t get the votes.

  11. Warning to Israel: what goes around, comes around. Israel only thinks it’s in control, but it has created a whirlwind of hatred against itself. No nation,not even Israel, can survive this hatred.

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