- The horrendous mortality and morbidity statistics revealed
by the paper "The Wounds of Gaza", just published in the prestigious
medical journal The Lancet are truly shocking 1,350 killed (60%
children) and 5,450 severely wounded (40% children) in reprisals for zero
(0) Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets in the preceding year. This demands
International Criminal Court and intra-national prosecutions (e.g. in
major Israeli military R & R destination countries Australia, the
US, the UK and India) and Sanctions and Boycotts against Apartheid Israel
by all decent Australians and indeed all decent people around the world.
- The Gaza Strip is a self-governing Apartheid Israeli
Concentration Camp ruled by the Hamas Government which won 76 out of 132
seats in the Occupied Palestinian Parliamentary elections held under Israeli
guns in 2006 (Fatah won 43 seats) (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Hamas ). The Israelis responded by arresting as many Hamas MPs as they
could find, the remainder fleeing to Gaza. In the current Israeli Gaza
Massacre, the Israelis are evidently bent on "finishing the job"
(they have already destroyed the Gaza Parliament House). The war criminal,
pro-Zionist Western backers of Apartheid Israel followed suit by declaring
the democratically elected Hamas MPs to be "terrorists" and
only dealing with the Fatah.
- Under the loathed, Nazi-style, racist Apartheid régime
in South Africa its Bantustans were policed by police and the worst atrocity
was the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in which South African police killed
69 African protesters (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Sharpeville_massacre
) "The official figure is that 69 people were killed, including
8 women and 10 children, and over 180 injured, including 31 women and
- Gaza - what the Catholic Church via Vatican justice and
peace minister Cardinal Renato Martino and leading US conservative Pat
Buchanan both call an Israeli-guarded Gaza Concentration Camp (see:http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24888817-15084,00.html
and http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=em8tREX9L8o ) - remains under blockade
and under dire threat of further Israeli atrocities, this latest atrocity
involving 1,350 Palestinians killed in asserted reprisals for zero (0)
Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets in the preceding year and 28 Israeli
deaths from Gaza missiles in the preceding 8.25 years, this latter statistic
yielding an "annual homicide rate" in "persons killed per
million of population" of 0.5 (Israelis killed by Gaza missiles)
as compared to 0.5 (rapist husbands killed by raped wives), 1.0
(violent husbands killed by battered wives), 15 (Israelis by Israelis),
56 (Americans), 100 (Americans by guns), 164 (Palestinians killed violently
by Israelis), 200 (African-Americans), 473 (citizens of Detroit, Michigan,
USA) and 902 per million per year (annual Palestinian non- violent deaths
through war criminal, Geneva Convention-violating Israeli-imposed deprivation)
(see Dr Gideon Polya, "Palestinian- Israeli Death Ratios . Nazi-style
Israeli Gaza War Crimes": http:// mwcnews.net/content/view/27795/42/
- However, the numerically vastly greater Israel atrocity
lies in the avoidable deaths (excess deaths) in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory due to Occupier refusal to supply life-sustaining food, medicine
and medical services to its conquered subjects "to the fullest extent
of the means available to it", as unequivocally demanded by Articles
55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian
Persons in Time of War (see: http:// www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm
- 3,000 under-5 year old Occupied Palestinian infants die
every year (about 80% avoidably), this corresponding to 3,000/ 0.7 = 4,286
total avoidable deaths annually (see "Layperson's Guide to Counting
Iraq Deaths": http://mwcnews.net/content/view/5872/26/ ), and 4,286
x 8.25 = 35,360 non-violent Occupied Palestinian deaths since September
2000, in addition to the 6,200 violent Occupied Palestinian deaths at
the hands of Apartheid Israelis in this period.
- In the period 1967-2009 in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
post- invasion non-violent excess deaths totalled 0.3 million; post- invasion
violent deaths at the hands of Israelis totalled about 10,000; post-invasion
under-5 infant deaths totalled about 0.2 million; there are over 7 million
Palestinian refugees (4.3 million registered with the UN) - a Palestinian
Holocaust and a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN
Genocide Convention (see: http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/genocide/convention.html
- Here are some shocking statistics from this report published
in one of the World's top medical journals, The Lancet (see: http:// www.thelancetglobalhealthnetwork.com/archives/608
), quote: "The wounds of Gaza are deep and multi-layered. Are we
talking about the Khan Younis massacre of 5,000 in 1956 or the execution
of 35,000 prisoners of war by Israel in 1967? Yet more wounds of the
First Intifada, when civil disobedience by an occupied people against
the occupiers resulted in massive wounded and hundreds dead? We also
cannot discount the 5,420 wounded in southern Gaza alone since 2000.
Hence what we are referring to below are only that of the invasion as
of 27 December 2008.
- Over the period of 27 December 2008 to the ceasefire
of 18 Jan 2009, it was estimated that a million and a half tons of explosives
were dropped on Gaza Strip. Gaza is 25 miles by 5 miles and home to 1.5
million people. This makes it the most crowded area in the whole world.
Prior to this Gaza has been completely blockaded and starved for 50 days.
In fact since the Palestinian election Gaza has been under total or partial
blockade for several years....
- Death toll
- As of 25 January 2009, the death toll was estimated at
1,350 with the numbers increasing daily. This is due to the severely wounded
continuing to die in hospitals. 60% of those killed were children.
- Severe injuries
- The severely injured numbered 5,450, with 40% being children.
These are mainly large burns and polytrauma patients." End quote.
- While in the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre the South African
police used handguns, the weapons used by Israelis on its Gaza Concentration
Camp in 2008-2009 included phosphorus bombs (inflicts horrendous burns),
heavy bombs including depleted uranium and DIME bombs (limb-slicing dense
inert material explosives), fuel air explosives (bunker busters and implosion
bombs), silent bombs (a new particle weapon?) and "conventional"
automatic handguns (that were also used in documented executions of Gaza
civilians ordered out of their homes by Israeli troops).
- These atrocities demand (1) direct UN military intervention
armed with already-passed UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions;
(2) intra-national and inter-national Sanctions and Boycotts against Israel,
its Zionist or pro-Zionist backers in the US, Canada, the UK, the EU and
Australia and indeed against all the countries backing Israel; and (3)
arrest and trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) of all
complicit Israeli politicians, officials and military wherever they can
be apprehended throughout the world.
- One of the best-known Jewish scholars in the world today,
Professor Jared Diamond, in his best-selling book "Collapse (Prologue,
p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the "moral principle, namely that
it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate
another people" an injunction grossly violated by Israel.
- Further, "zero tolerance for racism", "never
again to anyone" and "bear witness" are the fundamental,
moral messages from the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying
from deprivation), the World War 2 Holocaust in general (30 million Slav,
Jewish and Roma dead) and the World War 2 Eastern Theatre Holocaust (35
million Chinese dead under Japanese occupation and 6-7 million Indians
starved to death by the British in the man-made 1943-1945 Bengal Famine
- for details of the latter "forgotten" Bengali Holocaust see
the BBC broadcast in which I participated together with 1998 Economics
Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, Harvard University, medical historian
Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Wellcome Institute, University College London,
and other scholars: http://www.open2.
- net/thingsweforgot/bengalfamine_programme.html ; see
also "Media lying over Churchill's crimes. British-Indian Holocaust":
http:// mwcnews.net/content/view/26713/42/ ).
- These fundamental moral injunctions from the Jewish Holocaust
and the World War 2 Holocaust in general of "zero tolerance for racism",
"never again to anyone" and "bear witness" are also
being grossly violated by the Zionists running Israel and their racist,
genocidal US Alliance backers..
- If the World unjustly continues to accept that after
40 years of
- Israeli Occupation it is "right" for 4 million
Occupied Palestinians (50% children, 75% women and children) to continue
to be subject to highly abusive, race-based mass imprisonment without
charge or trial then it should at least urgently insist that they should
be Occupied immediately by a Civilized Country e.g. by a peace-keeping
force from a Civilized Country such as Costa Rica (no army), Switzerland
(neutral country) or Fiji (distinguished record of participation in peace-keeping)
with International and US Guarantees of territorial integrity and total
airport level security for Nazi-style, Zionist, Apartheid Israel.