From Today’s NYT:
Also on Wednesday, nine Israeli human rights groups called for an investigation into whether Israeli officials had committed war crimes in Gaza. The groups say that tens of thousands of civilians in Gaza have nowhere to flee, the Gaza health system has collapsed, many people are without electricity and running water, and some are beyond the reach of rescue teams.“This kind of fighting constitutes a blatant violation of the laws of warfare and raises the suspicion, which we ask be investigated, of the commission of war crimes,” the groups said in a news conference on the 19th day of the war.
As Glenn Greenwald in Salon pointed out, indiscriminately pounding the crap out of a densely packed urban area with the specific purpose of inflicting civilian casualties is THE textbook definition of terrorism:
Here is how the U.S. Department of State defined “terrorism” in its 2001 publication, Patterns of Global Terrorism:
No one definition of terrorism has gained universal acceptance. For the purposes of this report, however, we have chosen the definition of terrorism contained in Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f(d). That statute contains the following definitions:
The term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant (1) targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience. . . .
(1) For purposes of this definition, the term “noncombatant” is interpreted to include, in addition to civilians, military personnel who at the time of the incident are unarmed and/or not on duty.
All of which means this Max Blumenthal clip of pro-Israeli demonstrators in NYC last Sunday shows a whole lot of people clueless about the blood on their hands. And not just their hands – check out the exchange at 2:04 for the magnificent money shot exposing the absurd Abrahamic heart of the matter.