Thursday, January 8, 2009

Red Cross Issues Rare Press Statement on Grisly Gaza Find

WaPo Foreign Service:

Red Cross officials said rescue crews had received specific reports of casualties in the houses and had been trying since Saturday to send ambulances to the area, located in Zaytoun, a neighborhood south of Gaza City. They said the Israeli military did not grant permission until Wednesday afternoon.

In an unusual public statement issued by its Geneva headquarters, the Red Cross called the episode "unacceptable" and said the Israeli military had "failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded."

When rescue workers from the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived at the site, they found 12 corpses lying on mattresses in one home, along with four young children lying next to their dead mothers, the Red Cross said. The children were too weak to stand and were rushed to a hospital, the agency said.
I don't claim to fully understand the complexities here, and I know just enough to be convinced there is no innocent victim on either side of this war (other than civilians minding their own business), but it does seem a bit ironic, after all the right-wing outrage at Georgia in the mid-campaign dust up with Russia that winger silence now (or worse, unquestioning defense of Israel) stands out as a great hypocrisy.


  1. Israel had an effective cease-fire for four months before they violated it on November 4. Four months, no rockets from Hamas.

    Now Israelis are dying again thanks to the insane actions of their government. Ironically, so far more Israelis have been killed by their own forces in friendly fire incidents than by Hamas.

    There have been an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 civilian casualties in Gaza, plus heavy destruction of buildings and infrastructure that will take years to repair.

  2. Don't oversimplify the issue, Cameron. Israel's hand aren't clean.

    (Thanks for providing an example of the type of people I'm concerned about)

  3. Cameron, that justifies what the Red Cross is reporting here then? I don't to be presumptions but if you consider yourself a Christian, you might want to rethink your reasons for commenting on this post.

  4. Richard writes, "Four months, no rockets from Hamas." And there are crickets chirping from our fact loving bloggers.

    I offer a sourced correction to that comment, and I'm an oversimplifying non-Christian.