Israel's Investigation into Gaza Offensive More Than Disappointing

The Israeli Army (IDF) this week concluded that its forces had committed no violations during the recent Gaza military offensive. Most shocking to me was the claim that “no phosphorus munitions were used on built-up areas”. I recently spent a whole week with the members of our Gaza mission team, who entered Gaza a few hours before Israel’s halt of attacks. They found hundreds of white phosphorus-wedges in residential areas all over Gaza.

To learn more about White Phosphorus from a guy who actually used it, check out the video clip.

Following are excerpts of statements from human rights groups in response to the release of the IDF investigation:

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem:

The investigation emphasizes repeatedly that the military acted in accordance with International Humanitarian Law and that the use of white phosphorus “of the kind in use by the IDF is legal and used by militaries around the world.” The investigation’s authors prefer to focus on the theoretical questions regarding WP use, ignoring the horrific consequences on the ground during the operation. At least 14 civilians were killed due to the use of white phosphorus, seven of them children. Fires caused by WP in homes, UN installations and warehouses of humanitarian agencies have been documented. White phosphorus injuries are particularly severe as it burns everything with which it comes into contact: it causes severe burns when it strikes people and is liable to set buildings and fields on fire.

Human Rights Watch:

The military’s finding that “no phosphorus munitions were used on built-up areas” is blatantly wrong (…). Immediately after major fighting stopped, Human Rights Watch researchers in Gaza found spent white phosphorous artillery shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets and apartment roofs, in residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school. Artillery shells containing white phosphorus also struck a hospital and the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), both in central Gaza City.

Amnesty International:

Regarding the use of white phosphorus in densely populated residential areas, the army’s assertions that “no phosphorus munitions were used on built-up areas” and that the “pieces of felt dipped in phosphorus… are not incendiary” could not be further from the truth. Amnesty International researchers on the ground found hundreds of white phosphorus-impregnated felt wedges in residential areas all over Gaza, still smouldering weeks after they had been fired. They similarly found dozens of artillery shells which had delivered the white phosphorus all over Gaza. As well, there is ample photographic and TV footage of white phosphorus artillery shells fired in airburst mode exploding over densely populated residential areas and white phosphorus literally raining down over these areas.

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16 thoughts on “Israel's Investigation into Gaza Offensive More Than Disappointing

  1. Chris Cobb-Smith shown in this video is very biased against Israel. To begin with, Amnesty International must make it clear that he is not a volunteer but is in fact a professional supposed "investigator" who has made his living for many years being paid to conduct what he calls "investigations" against Israel but are in fact biased reports full of unsubstituted accusations against Israel of the exactly the type his employers pay him to produce. Just Google his name and find his company that he advertises his services at high rates of pay.

    For just one example of Chris-Cobb's repeated lying against Israel and his complete unsuitability to pose as an unbiased investigator, Chris-Cobb claimed without a shred of evidence that Israel committed a "massacre" of large numbers of civilians in Jenin in 2002.

    Now, as everyone, even the Palestinians and the UN admit , everyone except for Chris-Cobb that is, according to the official UN Investigation in the Jenin Battle of April 3 to April 11, 2002, the actual casualty numbers were 23 Israeli soldiers killed, 26 Palestinian fighters killed and no more than 25 Palestinian civilians.

    I don't know about you, but in a world where for example, UN peacekeepers sat around and just watched and refused to intervene as 5000 Congolese were hacked to death just 2 months ago with virtually ZERO attention from the media or Amnesty International, Jenin , with 25 civilian deaths did not rise to the definition of a "massacre", yet Chris-Cobb has never withdrawn to this day his obvious lying anti-Israeli propaganda accusations he was paid to make on this subject.

    So as a person provably known to have repeatedly made completely false lying claims against Israel in the past, by the way always for the large sums of money Amnesty pays him for his "services", Chris-Cobb is completely unsuitable as an unbiased investigator.

  2. Chris Cobb-Smith shown in this video is very biased against Israel. To begin with, Amnesty International must make it clear that he is not a volunteer but is in fact a professional supposed “investigator” who has made his living for many years being paid to conduct what he calls “investigations” against Israel but are in fact biased reports full of unsubstituted accusations against Israel of the exactly the type his employers pay him to produce. Just Google his name and find his company that he advertises his services at high rates of pay.

    For just one example of Chris-Cobb’s repeated lying against Israel and his complete unsuitability to pose as an unbiased investigator, Chris-Cobb claimed without a shred of evidence that Israel committed a “massacre” of large numbers of civilians in Jenin in 2002.

    Now, as everyone, even the Palestinians and the UN admit , everyone except for Chris-Cobb that is, according to the official UN Investigation in the Jenin Battle of April 3 to April 11, 2002, the actual casualty numbers were 23 Israeli soldiers killed, 26 Palestinian fighters killed and no more than 25 Palestinian civilians.

    I don’t know about you, but in a world where for example, UN peacekeepers sat around and just watched and refused to intervene as 5000 Congolese were hacked to death just 2 months ago with virtually ZERO attention from the media or Amnesty International, Jenin , with 25 civilian deaths did not rise to the definition of a “massacre”, yet Chris-Cobb has never withdrawn to this day his obvious lying anti-Israeli propaganda accusations he was paid to make on this subject.

    So as a person provably known to have repeatedly made completely false lying claims against Israel in the past, by the way always for the large sums of money Amnesty pays him for his “services”, Chris-Cobb is completely unsuitable as an unbiased investigator.

  3. Chris-Cobb, the guy in the video, has apparently served as one of Amnesty's Senior investigators of supposed Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Yet, Chris-Cobb also operates a for profit business escorting journalists in Gaza and providing them bodyguard services.

    He openly advertises his for profit services in Gaza on the website of his company at this web address: http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Chris-Cobb has a clear personal profit motive of making sure the Hamas rulers in Gaza are happy with all his so-called impartial investigations for Amnesty International, or else Hamas would prevent Chris-Cobb's company Chiron from continuing to operating in Gaza, and the revenues it has till now so generously rewarded him for his own personal enrichment would come to an immediate end.

    There cannot be a more obvious and clear conflict of interest. How can Amnesty possibly claim it is impartially and without bias or prejudice doing a fair and serious investigation of Israel's activities in Gaza when one of it's top investigators is a guy who is only in it for the money and has personal financial profit motive for making Hamas happy.

    And you wonder why Amnesty has totally lost all credibility on the question of Israel/Palestine.

  4. Chris-Cobb, the guy in the video, has apparently served as one of Amnesty's Senior investigators of supposed Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Yet, Chris-Cobb also operates a for profit business escorting journalists in Gaza and providing them bodyguard services.

    He openly advertises his for profit services in Gaza on the website of his company at this web address: http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Chris-Cobb has a clear personal profit motive of making sure the Hamas rulers in Gaza are happy with all his so-called impartial investigations for Amnesty International, or else Hamas would prevent Chris-Cobb's company Chiron from continuing to operating in Gaza, and the revenues it has till now so generously rewarded him for his own personal enrichment would come to an immediate end.

    There cannot be a more obvious and clear conflict of interest. How can Amnesty possibly claim it is impartially and without bias or prejudice doing a fair and serious investigation of Israel's activities in Gaza when one of it's top investigators is a guy who is only in it for the money and has personal financial profit motive for making Hamas happy.

    And you wonder why Amnesty has totally lost all credibility on the question of Israel/Palestine.

  5. Chris-Cobb, the guy in the video, has apparently served as one of Amnesty's Senior investigators of supposed Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Yet, Chris-Cobb also operates a for profit business escorting journalists in Gaza and providing them bodyguard services.

    He openly advertises his for profit services in Gaza on the website of his company at this web address: http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Chris-Cobb has a clear personal profit motive of making sure the Hamas rulers in Gaza are happy with all his so-called impartial investigations for Amnesty International, or else Hamas would prevent Chris-Cobb's company Chiron from continuing to operating in Gaza, and the revenues it has till now so generously rewarded him for his own personal enrichment would come to an immediate end.

    There cannot be a more obvious and clear conflict of interest. How can Amnesty possibly claim it is impartially and without bias or prejudice doing a fair and serious investigation of Israel's activities in Gaza when one of it's top investigators is a guy who is only in it for the money and has personal financial profit motive for making Hamas happy.

    And you wonder why Amnesty has totally lost all credibility on the question of Israel/Palestine.

  6. Chris-Cobb, the guy in the video, has apparently served as one of Amnesty’s Senior investigators of supposed Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Yet, Chris-Cobb also operates a for profit business escorting journalists in Gaza and providing them bodyguard services.

    He openly advertises his for profit services in Gaza on the website of his company at this web address: http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Chris-Cobb has a clear personal profit motive of making sure the Hamas rulers in Gaza are happy with all his so-called impartial investigations for Amnesty International, or else Hamas would prevent Chris-Cobb’s company Chiron from continuing to operating in Gaza, and the revenues it has till now so generously rewarded him for his own personal enrichment would come to an immediate end.

    There cannot be a more obvious and clear conflict of interest. How can Amnesty possibly claim it is impartially and without bias or prejudice doing a fair and serious investigation of Israel’s activities in Gaza when one of it’s top investigators is a guy who is only in it for the money and has personal financial profit motive for making Hamas happy.

    And you wonder why Amnesty has totally lost all credibility on the question of Israel/Palestine.

  7. I am only going to post one remark a day to the AI web site so the anti-free speech censors who ironically dominate this web site supposedly devoted to protecting free speech will not claim I am spamming the site and use it as an excuse to delete or block my comments they do not agree with as they have already done several times.

    I demand Amnesty International do a full disclosure and investigation of exactly what is the financial relationship between AI and this Chris-Cobb individual featured in this video and how his for profit business and his relationship with the Hamas organization has comprised both his his integrity, and the integrity of the entire Amnesty International investigation in Gaza, as an supposedly unbiased and fair investigation of Israeli war crimes.

    How much money is AI paying this guy from the donations of well meaning believers in human rights who give so generously to AI in these difficult economic times and which then go to into this guy's pockets for his own personal profit?

    Does Amnesty International approve of Chris-Cobb exploiting for greed and personal profit his current employment by Amnesty International in Gaza by advertiseing his current activities in Gaza on his private for profit body guard business web site at http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Or does AI not recognize that the fairness of its investigation can be called into question when the lead investigator is crassly turning his current position with AI into an advertisement for his company ?

    All I can see in Chris-Cobbs eyes are dollar signs and if you all were not so blinded by your anti-Israeli prejudice you would too. So why does not AI tell this discredited mercenary to go get a real job for once that does not involve making a living exploiting the suffering of others for profit, and then go get yourselves some real independent unbiased impartial investigators before you disgrace your once great and formerly important organization any further.

  8. I am only going to post one remark a day to the AI web site so the anti-free speech censors who ironically dominate this web site supposedly devoted to protecting free speech will not claim I am spamming the site and use it as an excuse to delete or block my comments they do not agree with as they have already done several times.

    I demand Amnesty International do a full disclosure and investigation of exactly what is the financial relationship between AI and this Chris-Cobb individual featured in this video and how his for profit business and his relationship with the Hamas organization has comprised both his his integrity, and the integrity of the entire Amnesty International investigation in Gaza, as an supposedly unbiased and fair investigation of Israeli war crimes.

    How much money is AI paying this guy from the donations of well meaning believers in human rights who give so generously to AI in these difficult economic times and which then go to into this guy's pockets for his own personal profit?

    Does Amnesty International approve of Chris-Cobb exploiting for greed and personal profit his current employment by Amnesty International in Gaza by advertiseing his current activities in Gaza on his private for profit body guard business web site at http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Or does AI not recognize that the fairness of its investigation can be called into question when the lead investigator is crassly turning his current position with AI into an advertisement for his company ?

    All I can see in Chris-Cobbs eyes are dollar signs and if you all were not so blinded by your anti-Israeli prejudice you would too. So why does not AI tell this discredited mercenary to go get a real job for once that does not involve making a living exploiting the suffering of others for profit, and then go get yourselves some real independent unbiased impartial investigators before you disgrace your once great and formerly important organization any further.

  9. I am only going to post one remark a day to the AI web site so the anti-free speech censors who ironically dominate this web site supposedly devoted to protecting free speech will not claim I am spamming the site and use it as an excuse to delete or block my comments they do not agree with as they have already done several times.

    I demand Amnesty International do a full disclosure and investigation of exactly what is the financial relationship between AI and this Chris-Cobb individual featured in this video and how his for profit business and his relationship with the Hamas organization has comprised both his his integrity, and the integrity of the entire Amnesty International investigation in Gaza, as an supposedly unbiased and fair investigation of Israeli war crimes.

    How much money is AI paying this guy from the donations of well meaning believers in human rights who give so generously to AI in these difficult economic times and which then go to into this guy's pockets for his own personal profit?

    Does Amnesty International approve of Chris-Cobb exploiting for greed and personal profit his current employment by Amnesty International in Gaza by advertiseing his current activities in Gaza on his private for profit body guard business web site at http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Or does AI not recognize that the fairness of its investigation can be called into question when the lead investigator is crassly turning his current position with AI into an advertisement for his company ?

    All I can see in Chris-Cobbs eyes are dollar signs and if you all were not so blinded by your anti-Israeli prejudice you would too. So why does not AI tell this discredited mercenary to go get a real job for once that does not involve making a living exploiting the suffering of others for profit, and then go get yourselves some real independent unbiased impartial investigators before you disgrace your once great and formerly important organization any further.

  10. I am only going to post one remark a day to the AI web site so the anti-free speech censors who ironically dominate this web site supposedly devoted to protecting free speech will not claim I am spamming the site and use it as an excuse to delete or block my comments they do not agree with as they have already done several times.

    I demand Amnesty International do a full disclosure and investigation of exactly what is the financial relationship between AI and this Chris-Cobb individual featured in this video and how his for profit business and his relationship with the Hamas organization has comprised both his his integrity, and the integrity of the entire Amnesty International investigation in Gaza, as an supposedly unbiased and fair investigation of Israeli war crimes.

    How much money is AI paying this guy from the donations of well meaning believers in human rights who give so generously to AI in these difficult economic times and which then go to into this guy’s pockets for his own personal profit?

    Does Amnesty International approve of Chris-Cobb exploiting for greed and personal profit his current employment by Amnesty International in Gaza by advertiseing his current activities in Gaza on his private for profit body guard business web site at http://www.chiron-resources.com

    Or does AI not recognize that the fairness of its investigation can be called into question when the lead investigator is crassly turning his current position with AI into an advertisement for his company ?

    All I can see in Chris-Cobbs eyes are dollar signs and if you all were not so blinded by your anti-Israeli prejudice you would too. So why does not AI tell this discredited mercenary to go get a real job for once that does not involve making a living exploiting the suffering of others for profit, and then go get yourselves some real independent unbiased impartial investigators before you disgrace your once great and formerly important organization any further.

  11. My mistake. It arises from the fact that he is advertising his services as a bodyguard for journalists in the middle east for high rates of pay on his web site and it includes many photos describing his current activities for Amnesty International in Gaza, he makes no mention of his volunteer status there, and so anyone reading his company's web page would assume like I did this was another commercial assignment for him. So he is a volunteer and just uses his amnesty position to advertise his for profit activities.

    That is really besides the point anyways. The much larger conflict of interest is his for profit journalist bodyguard business he runs in the middle east, a business for which he uses his Amnesty position as an commercial advertisement.

    Does he now, has he in the past, or will he in the future operate his bodyguard business in Gaza or the West Bank or Lebanon?

    Yes or No?

    Obviously if he produced investigative reports not to the liking of the Hamas government his bodyguard business would not be allowed to operate again in these areas. This gives him an obvious financial incentive to produce false accusations against Israel in his reports.

  12. My mistake. It arises from the fact that he is advertising his services as a bodyguard for journalists in the middle east for high rates of pay on his web site and it includes many photos describing his current activities for Amnesty International in Gaza, he makes no mention of his volunteer status there, and so anyone reading his company’s web page would assume like I did this was another commercial assignment for him. So he is a volunteer and just uses his amnesty position to advertise his for profit activities.

    That is really besides the point anyways. The much larger conflict of interest is his for profit journalist bodyguard business he runs in the middle east, a business for which he uses his Amnesty position as an commercial advertisement.

    Does he now, has he in the past, or will he in the future operate his bodyguard business in Gaza or the West Bank or Lebanon?

    Yes or No?

    Obviously if he produced investigative reports not to the liking of the Hamas government his bodyguard business would not be allowed to operate again in these areas. This gives him an obvious financial incentive to produce false accusations against Israel in his reports.