July 20, 2006
"It is absurd to consider morality on [using
poison gas] when everybody used it in the last war without a word of
complaint from the moralists or the Church. On the other hand, in the
last war bombing of open cities was regarded as forbidden. Now
everybody does it as a matter of course. It is simply a question of
fashion changing as she does between long and short skirts for women,"
wrote Winston Churchill during the Second World War, long after the
Geneva Protocol had outlawed the use of poison gas. The Brits used
mustard gas against Bolsheviks in 1919 and Kurdish rebels in Iraq. As
to the latter, Churchill wrote: "I do not understand this squeamishness
about the use of gas…. I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas
against uncivilized tribes" (see Winston Churchill’s Secret Poison Gas Memo).
Wayne Madsen’s sources are correct, the Israelis are now using poison
gas against the "uncivilized tribes" of Lebanon. "According to a former
U.S. weapons expert who served in Iraq, the artillery shell in a photo
taken in Lebanon (see photo here)
is a chemical weapon delivery device. It is being handled by an Israeli
Defense Force soldier and Hebrew lettering can be clearly seen on the
armored vehicle. Another chemical weapons shell of the same type can be
seen lying on the ground to the right. It is not known what type of
chemical is in the chemical canister, however, gas dropped by the
Israelis in villages in southern Lebanon has resulted in severe
vomiting among the civilian population" (see as well this schematic).
"Media commentators have scoffed that Israel, with its relatively
unique history, would ever use chemical weapons or poison gas in any
war. It is precisely because of that perception that they are using
such weapons. The deniability factor prevents the media from taking
seriously the credible reports of banned weapons being used by the
Of course, the stenographers laboring diligently
for the corporate media would not dare to mention Israel’s
well-documented history of biological and chemical terrorism against
innocent and unwitting Arab non-combatants.
In 1948, as the
Zionists ethnically cleansed Palestine, the Acre aqueduct was targeted.
"The Zionists injected typhoid in the aqueduct at some intermediate
point which passes through Zionist settlements," writes Salman Abu-Sitta, president of Palestine Land Society in London. According to Abu-Sitta, a report issued by the Lebanese Red Cross
that there are at least 70 known civilian casualties, others may not be
reported. It was determined that the infection is "water borne", not
due to crowded or unhygienic conditions as claimed by the Israelis. It
was decided that a substitute water supply should now come from
artesian wells or from the agricultural station, just north of Acre
(see map), not from the aqueduct. Water chlorine solution was applied,
inoculation of civil population started, movement of civil population
was controlled (lest refugees heading north towards Lebanon will carry
the typhoid epidemic with them, as intended by the Zionists)….
city of Acre, now burdened by the epidemic, fell easy prey to the
Zionists. They intensified their bombardment. Trucks carrying
loudspeakers proclaimed, "Surrender or commit suicide. We will destroy
you to the last man." That was not a figure of speech. Palumbo, in The
Palestinian Catastrophe, notes the "typical" case of Mohamed Fayez
Soufi. Soufi with friends went to get food from their homes in a new
Acre suburb. They were caught by Zionist soldiers and forced at gun
point to drink cyanide. Soufi faked swallowing the poison. The others
were not so lucky, they died in half an hour.
addition, the Zionist state attempted to poison a water system in Gaza.
The commander of the Egyptian Forces in Palestine communicated the
following to General Headquarters in Cairo:
hrs, 24 May  Our Intelligence forces captured two Jews, David
Horeen and David Mizrahi, loitering around army positions. They were
interrogated and confessed they had been sent by Officer Moshe to
poison the army [and the peoples’] water supply. They carried with them
water bottles divided in the middle. The top part has potable water and
the bottom part has a liquid contaminated with typhoid and dysentery,
equipped with a rear opening from which the liquid can be released.
They confessed they were members of a 20-strong team sent from Rehovot
for the same purpose. Both have written their confession in Hebrew and
signed it. We have taken the necessary medical precautions.
Abu-Sitta also suspects two cholera outbreaks, one in Egypt and a
second in Syria, claiming the lives of over 10,000 people, were caused
by the Israelis, although the evidence is less convincing.
a report entitled Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: The Illicit Use of
Biological Agents since 1900, Dr. W. Seth Carus of the Center for
Counterproliferation Research, National Defense University, stated
under a subtitle, Case 1947-01: "Zionist" Terrorists 1947-1948, "Jews
plan to use this inhuman weapon against the Arabs in the Middle East in
their war of extermination." Carus also documents the comments of David
Horeen’s sister, Rachel Katzman: "I met one of [my brother’s]
commanders in a lecture in Jerusalem. I asked him whether my brother
had really attempted to poison wells. 'These were the weapons we had’,
he said, 'and that’s that.’"
Israel has plenty of other
weapons, gratis the United States and its own burgeoning weapons
program, but it appears it prefers to augment its arsenal with chemical
weapons. "The Palestinian ministry of health revealed on [July 11,
2006] that the Israeli army has used a new type of explosive in its
offensive on the Gaza Strip. These explosives contain toxics and
radioactive materials which burn and tear the victim’s body from the
inside and leave long term deformations…. The ministry showed that most
of the injuries which the hospitals receive result from huge explosions
which cause burning and severing of limbs, including the inner parts of
the body. This causes long term deformations…. It is added that doctors
in Gaza have been forced to amputate limbs of at least 12 injured
Palestinians as a result of injuries sustained in the current Israeli
offensive on the Strip," reports Electronic Intifada.
an earlier instance, the IOF apparently used an "unidentified gas" in
the Khan Younis refugee camp. "Medical sources at Nasir Hospital in
Khan Yunis have announced that more than 40 Palestinians suffered a
strange case of hysteria and nervous breakdown because they inhaled a
toxic gas fired for the first time by the occupation army during the
bombing of Palestinian areas," the Voice of Palestine in Ramallah
reported (see the script
for the documentary film, Gaza Strip, a PDF document). "Specialists
believe that this is an internationally banned nerve gas. Dr Muhammad
Abdallah Abd-al-Mun’im, official in charge of medical teams who treated
the injured, said that the gas bombs fired last night on the western
camp of Khan Yunis gave off heavy yellowish and highly-concentrated
smoke. Those who inhaled it, he said, suffered a nervous breakdown and
vomited blood. Abd-al-Mun’im said this gas is not the same kind that
was fired by the occupation forces previously and that it is the first
time that the doctors have seen this."
Indeed, the corporate
media, faithfully pro-Israel, may "scoff" at the allegation Israel is
now using chemical weapons in Lebanon. However during the 1982 invasion
the Soviet Union accused Israel of using "barbarous" weapons, including
chemical weapons (see this timeline posted on the Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel website).
it comes to using biological and chemical weapons, Israel is a junior
partner to the United States, most recently accused of using chemical
weapons in Fallujah, Iraq. According to Dr. Khalid ash Shaykhli, an
Iraqi health ministry official, "the US military had used
internationally banned chemical weapons, including nerve gas,"
according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Of course, the corporate media scoffed at this allegation, too.
Chalk it up to the deniability factor.