Hague and Geneva Conventions
Abuse of the Red Crescent
The deadly game of "Pallie Alley"
Abuse of schools and hospitals
Palestinian responsibility for collateral damage
"Danny Deever" solution to terrorism
|Palestinian War Crimes
Relevent provisions of
Geneva and Hague Conventions
Convention on PLO terrorists who dress as civilians
The Qualifications of Belligerents
Article 1. The laws, rights, and duties of war apply not only to
but also to militia and volunteer corps fulfilling the following
1. To be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;
2. To have a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance;
3. To carry arms openly; and
4. To conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and
Convention on PLO terrorists who fire from among civilians
The presence or movements of the civilian population or
civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune
military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military
from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operations. The
Parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian
or individual civilians in order to attempt to shield military
from attacks or to shield military operations.
The Geneva Convention on the PLO's practice of
young teenagers to attack the Israelis
The Parties to the conflict shall take all feasible measures in
that children who have not attained the age of fifteen years do not
a direct part in hostilities and, in particular, they shall refrain
from recruiting them into their armed forces.
column on this subject
A recent item in the Wall Street Journal said that the UN
had condemned Israeli air attacks on PLO terrorists. The UN remains
when PLO terrorists kill Israeli women and children; it is obvious
the UN stands.
Palestinian Authority and PLO
Palestinians use church as a fighting position
"About 300 Palestinians, nearly all of them armed, have been holed
up in the shrine [Church of the Nativity, "built over the site where
says Jesus was born and one of Christianity's major shrines"] since
[Ibrahim Hazboun, Associated Press writer, 4 April 2002]
The PLO tactic is obvious. Their gunmen shoot at the Israelis.
Israelis return the fire, they will damage one of Christianity's
- Palestinian ambulance
"Reserve soldiers at a mobile roadblock today captured a Palestinian
Red Crescent ambulance driver who was caught transporting an explosive
belt of the type detonated by suicide bombers, Israel Radio reported."
Post, 28 March, 2002. Abuse of the Red Cross or Red Crescent in
manner is, I believe, a capital war crime.
- Palestinians use wheelchair-bound man as cover
From Aruz 7
Lt.-Col. Tal, who lives in a Jezreel Valley with his wife and three
daughters, fought in the recent anti-terrorism offensive in Jenin.
"At one point, Palestinians booby trapped a wheelchair and pushed its
occupant into the open in hope of attracting Israeli soldiers to become
- Palestinians dress in Israeli uniforms, murder
Sudarsan Raghavan, Knight Ridder-Newspapers, 28 April 2002 "Disguised
gunmen kill 4: Girl, 5, among victims of terrorists in Israeli army
ADORA, West Bank
Palestinian terrorists dressed as Israeli soldiers slipped into a quiet
Israeli settlement near Hebron Saturday morning...
The gunmen entered the home of 5-year-old Danielle Sheffi, who lived
with her parents and three siblings. After they left, the little girl's
room-- decorated with a Micky Mouse doll, bed sheet, and poster-- was
with bullet holes and stained with blood.
Danielle died instantly.
Pay close attention to the traditional punishment for this behavior,
if the perpetrators harm no one. ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE, PLEASE READ
War II" at http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Camp/7624/wwII.htm
(Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 25, 1945)
A special Nazi unit (under Col. Otto Skorzeny) disguised as
penetrated the rear, disrupting communications and transportation. They
spoke perfect english and once caught they were to say that thousands
German SS soldiers had infiltrated dressed as American soldiers in a
mission. This slowed American movement because now every soldier was
at checkpoints and asked American questions to see if he was a real
Thousands were arrested because they did not know the height of the
State building for example. However, under the Geneva Convention,
soldiers in American uniforms were not protected and thus any caught
executed on the spot. The Germans were forced to abandon this
mission because of the American executions.
"Executed on the spot" sounds like they didn't even bother with
a court-martial, let alone a "tribunal" of the type for which some
are criticizing President Bush.
- War crimes against Americans
Read the following
and recall that piracy (to which these events are similar) was once
with by immediate court-martial and, upon conviction, prompt execution
of the perpetrators.
The first American to be murdered by a PLO-sponsored group was Shirley
Anderson on June 17, 1969. Since then, PLO groups have murdered
than 60 American citizens and wounded at least as many. Among the dead
were two ambassadors, an Olympic athlete, tourists, business persons
...Americans were murdered in numerous ways by PLO members. Eight were
killed when their Swissair jet was blown up enroute to Tel Aviv, others
died in bus and car bombings or were shot. Especially shocking were the
ax-murder of a student (1975) and the brutal murder of Leon
a wheelchair-bound elderly tourist on the hijacked Achille Lauro
Guest Editorial: Remembering the many American victims of
By William J. Daugherty, Ph.D. Armstrong Atlantic State University
More war crimes and atrocities (thanks to
Nyob, soc.culture.israel, for the information. Bracketed remarks are
|Mar 28, 2001
Eliran Rosenberg-Zayat, 15, of Givat Shmuel and Naftali Lanzkorn, 13,
of Petah Tikva were killed in a suicide bombing at the Mifgash Hashalom
("peace stop") gas station several hundred meters from an IDF roadblock
near the entrance to Kalkilya, east of Kfar Saba. Four people were
claimed responsibility for the attack.
|Apr 22, 2001
- Dr. Mario Goldin, 53, of Kfar Sava, was killed when a terrorist
a powerful bomb he was carrying near a group of people waiting at a bus
stop on the corner of Weizman and Tchernichovsky streets. About 60
were injured in the blast. Hamas claimed responsibility.
[It takes more than 20 years of training to
doctor. How long did it take Hamas to kill one? This is consistent with
the difference between Western Civilization and militant "Islam." The
turns deserts into gardens, e.g. through irrigation, the latter turns
|Apr 1, 2001
- Dina Guetta, 42, of Haifa, was stabbed to death on Ha'atzmaut Street.
Her murder was the initiation rite into a terrorist cell apprehended in
[The typical courage of the Palestinian
a helpless woman instead of an armed man.]
|May 9, 2001
- Yossi Ish-Ran, 14, and Kobi Mandell, 14, both of Tekoa, were
stoned to death in a cave about 200 meters from the small community
south of Jerusalem where they lived. [Palestinian
stoning teenage boys to death!]
|May 29, 2001 [Brave Fatah terrorists shoot unarmed women]
- Sarah Blaustein, 53, and Esther Alvan, 20, of Efrat, were killed
in a drive-by shooting near Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion bloc south
Jerusalem. The Fatah Tanzim claimed responsibility for the
June 11, 2001 [Brave Palestinians stone newborn to death.]
- Yehuda Shoham, aged 5 months, of Shilo, died of injuries
in a fatal stoning on June 5. He was critically injured by a rock
at the family's car near Shilo in Samaria.
|June 1, 2001
- Marina Berkovizki, 17, of Tel Aviv; Roman
21, of Bat Yam; Ilya Gutman, 19, of Bat Yam; Anya Kazachkov, 16, of
Katherine Kastaniyada-Talkir, 15, of Ramat Gan; Aleksei Lupalu, 16, of
the Ukraine; Mariana Medvedenko, 16, of Tel Aviv; Irina Nepomneschi,
of Bat Yam; Yelena Nelimov, 18, of Tel Aviv; Yulia Nelimov, 16, of Tel
Aviv; Raisa Nimrovsky, 15, of Netanya; Pvt. Diez (Dani) Normanov, 21,
Tel Aviv; Simona Rodin, 18, of Holon; Ori Shahar, 32, of Ramat Gan;
Sakiyan, 16, of Tel Aviv; Maria Tagilchev, 14, of Netanya; and Irena
18, of Holon were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself outside a
near Tel Aviv's Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade just before
on Friday. Sergei Pancheskov, 20, of the Ukraine; Yael-Yulia Sklianik,
15, of Holon; Jan Bloom, 25, of Ramat Gan; and Yevgenia Dorfman, 15, of
Bat Yam died subsequently from their injuries. 120 people were wounded
in the bombing.
|June 12, 2001 [Palestinian terrorists murder Christian
- Father Georgios Tsibouktzakis, 34, a Greek Orthodox monk from
St. George Monastery in Wadi Kelt in the Judean desert, was shot
killed while driving on the Jerusalem-Ma'ale Adumim road.
|June 28, 2001 [Valiant "freedom fighters" ambush women]
- Ekaterina (Katya) Weintraub, 27, of Ganim in northern Samaria was
killed and another woman injured late Thursday afternoon by shots fired
at the two-car convoy on the Jenin bypass road.
|Aug 5, 2001 [Palestinians murder pregnant woman]
- Tehiya Bloomberg, 40, of Karnei Shomron, mother of five and 5
pregnant, was killed when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on the
vehicle between Alfei Menashe and Karnei Shomron. Three people
seriously wounded, including her husband, Shimon, and daughter,
|Oct 4, 2001
- Sgt. Tali Ben-Armon, 19, an off-duty woman soldier from Pardesia,
Haim Ben-Ezra, 76, of Givat Hamoreh, and Sergei Freidin, 20, of
were killed when a Palestinian terrorist, dressed as an Israeli
paratrooper, opened fire on Israeli civilians waiting at the
bus station in Afula. 13 other Israelis were wounded in the attack. Fatah
claimed responsibility for the attack.
[I recall that Germans dressed as Americans to
American troops during the Battle of the Bulge. When they were caught,
they were executed on the spot-- I'm not even sure if the Americans
to hold a court-martial. "German combatant in an American uniform" was
|Oct 28, 2001
- Ayala Levy, 39, of Elyachin; Smadar Levy, 23, of Hadera; Lydia Marko,
63, of Givat Ada; and Sima Menachem, 30, of Zichron Yaakov were killed
when two Palestinian terrorists, members of the Palestinian police,
with assault rifles and expanding bullets, opened fire from a
on Israeli pedestrians at a crowded bus-stop in downtown Hadera. About
40 were wounded, three critically. The Islamic Jihad claimed
for the attack.
|Dec 1, 2001
- Assaf Avitan, 15, of Jerusalem; Michael Moshe Dahan, 21, of
Israel Ya'akov Danino, 17, of Jerusalem; Yosef El-Ezra, 18, of
Sgt. Nir Haftzadi, 19, of Jerusalem; Yuri (Yoni) Korganov, 20, of
Adumim; Golan Turgeman, 15, of Jerusalem; Guy Vaknin, 19, of Jerusalem;
Adam Weinstein, 14, of Givon Hahadasha, and Moshe Yedid-Levy, 19, of
were killed and about 180 injured - 17 seriously - when explosive
were detonated by two suicide bombers close to 11:30 P.M. Saturday
on Ben Yehuda Street, the pedestrian mall in the center of Jerusalem. A
car bomb exploded nearby 20 minutes later. Hamas claimed responsibility
for the attack. Ido Cohen, 17, of Jerusalem, fatally injured in the
died of his wounds on December 8.
|Jan 15, 2002
- Avraham (Avi) Boaz, 71, of Ma'aleh Adumim, an American citizen,
was kidnapped at a PA security checkpoint in Beit Jala. His
body was found in a car in Beit Sahur, in the Bethlehem area. The
Al-Aksa Brigade claimed responsibility for the murder.
|Jan 17, 2002
- Edward Bakshayev, 48, of Or Akiva; Anatoly Bakshayev, 63, of Or
Akiva; Aharon Ben Yisrael-Ellis, 32, of Ra'anana; Dina Binayev, 48,
of Ashkelon; Boris Melikhov, 56, of Sderot; and Avi Yazdi, 25, of
were killed and 35 injured, several seriously, when a terrorist burst
a bat mitzva reception in a banquet hall in Hadera shortly
23:00, opening fire with an M-16 assault rifle. The Fatah Al-Aqsa
claimed responsibility for the attack.
|Feb 16, 2002
- Nehemia Amar, 15, and Keren Shatsky, 15, both of Ginot Shomron
were killed and about 30 people were wounded, six seriously, when a
suicide bomber blew himself up on Saturday night at a pizzeria in the
mall in Karnei Shomron in Samaria. Rachel Theler, 16, of Ginot Shomron
died of her wounds on February 27. The Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
|Mar 2, 2002
- Ten people were killed and over 50 were injured, 4 critically, in
a suicide bombing at 19:15 on Saturday evening near a yeshiva in the
Beit Yisrael neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem where people had
for a bar-mitzva celebration. The terrorist detonated the bomb next
to a group of women waiting with their baby carriages for their
to leave the nearby synagogue. The victims: Shlomo Nehmad (40), his
wife Gafnit (32), and their daughters Shiraz (7) and Liran (3), of
Lezion; Shaul Nehmad (15), of Rishon Lezion; Lidor Ilan (12) and his
Oriah (18 months), of Rishon Lezion; Tzofia Ya'arit Eliyahu (23) and
son Ya'akov Avraham (7 months), of Jerusalem. Avi Hazan, 37, of Moshav
Adora, died of his injuries on Monday morning (Mar 4). The Fatah
Martyrs Brigade took responsibility for the attack.
United Nations' participation in
Michael Rubin, "The UN's Refugees," Wall Street Journal,
18, 2002, page A12.
"Israel's raids did damage the camps [Jenin and Balata]. But as a
of the operation, Israel uncovered illegal arms caches, bomb factories,
and a plant manufacturing the new Kassam-2 rocket... Confronted with
of illegal Palestinian mines, mortars, and missiles, no U.N. official
how it was that bomb factories could exist in U.N.-managed refugee
Either the U.N. officials were unaware of the bomb factories-- a fact
would suggest utter incompetence--- or, more likely, the U.N. officials
simply turned a blind eye."
"The fact that U.N. observers protected and defended guerilas who
a U.N.-certified border, using cars with U.N. license plates while
the cover of U.N. flags, was apparently of no consequence to UNIFIL."
The Deadly Game of "Pallie
To the Editor;
Palestinian sympathizers are trotting out the tired "One person's
is another's freedom fighter" argument to justify atrocities. The
and Hague Conventions, however, explicitly define Palestinian suicide
and gunmen as war criminals. The Hague Convention requires combatants
(1) "have a fixed distinctive emblem [e.g. a uniform] recognizable at a
distance," (2) "carry arms openly," and (3) "conduct their operations
accordance with the laws and customs of war." They don't even need to
a Passover seder to deserve death; violation of the first provision
is a capital war crime.
Why has death been the traditional punishment for combatants who
as civilians? In the police training program known as "Hogan's Alley,"
officers must make split-second decisions to shoot or not shoot at
that represent armed criminals and innocent bystanders respectively.
Geneva and Hague Conventions protect both soldiers and noncombatants by
making a clear difference between "shoot" and "don't shoot" targets in
As an example, the laws of war immunize the Red Cross and its
equivalent, the Red Crescent, from military action. The same laws
combatants that anything that displays these emblems is harmless. A
ambulance driver was recently caught carrying 20 pounds of explosives
a seven-year-old boy. Israel failed in its duty not only to itself, but
also to every legitimate medical aid worker in the region, by not
him for misusing the Red Crescent to conceal munitions.
Terrorists have deliberately chosen to make "Pallie Alley" a
game in which the "shoot" and "don't shoot" targets look exactly alike.
This causes the deaths of many innocent Palestinians when Israelis must
make split-second shoot/don't shoot decisions. This is why any
who masquerades as a civilian should, upon conviction by court-martial,
be put to death.
Let's play "Pallie Alley"
|You are an Israeli soldier or an armed Israeli civilian,
and you are
presented with the targets shown at right. You must make a split-second
decision to shoot or not shoot. A wrong decision
way) will cost innocent lives.
What's the matter? You don't like this game
because you can't
tell the "shoot" targets from the "don't-shoot" targets? Guess what:
doesn't like it either, but it's the Palestinians who choose to play it
Is he a father with a baby, or is he a suicide bomber with a doll's
on his package of explosives? He's walking into a pizza parlor or a
Seder; you have about a second to make up your mind.
Is this Palestinian businessman looking at his watch to see if he's on
time for his appointment with his client as he walks into an Israeli
building, or is this terrorist checking to see when the bomb in his
Is this ambulance carrying medical personnel and patients, or explosives?
A house of worship or a gun emplacement?
Palestinian terrorists use
and schools as gun emplacements
Syrians use "humanitarian" aid to ship weapons to terrorists
...Palestinian gunmen had fired from hotels, hospitals, and
At one point, gunmen opened fire from the
lightly wounding a soldier, the army said, and troops returned fire.
International Committee of the Red Cross was called upon to mediate and
convinced the Palestinians to remove the gunmen from the
said ICRC spokesman Uri Massad.
Reserve soldiers at a mobile roadblock today captured a
Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance driver who was caught transporting
explosive belt of the type detonated by suicide bombers, Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/380730.html for complete article
According to the report, Syria dispatched a number of
planes to Iran last week posing as humanitarian aid transports for
Iranian earthquake victims.
When the flights returned to Syria,
they were filled with weaponry which was unloaded in Damascus and
transferred to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
Israel's stupidity in
collateral damage in the death of Salah Shehada
The Wall Street Journal's opinion column writers have brains,
even if Israel's public relations people do not.
Retired Army officer Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Terror:
in a Changing World, "Civilian Casualties: No Apology
Street Journal, 25 July 2002
Earlier this week, Israel succeeded in killing Salah Shehada, a savage
Hamas mastermind, and one of his top aides. A dozen Palestinian
died in the attack, including members of Shehada's family. The civilian
deaths may be lamentable, but they were also justifiable. A terrorist
used his relatives and neighbors as shields, and they died with him.
deaths were Shehada's fault, not Israel's.
...If they use their neighbors as shields, it is the terrorists
are to blame should civilians die. If they attempt to use their
as cover, they will be responsible for the deaths of their own loved
The world must learn that, when civilians allow terrorists to use them,
the civilians become legitimate military targets.
This is not about diplomatic table manners. It is a fight to
Saudi Arabia and Iran: two poster children for "Western
"Infidels Forbidden" warn signs outside the city of Medina, where the
Muhammed once lived. This ominous message causes Western visitors to
Arabia to shiver in fear. ...two Filipino Christians were beheaded
studying the Bible and praying in a Saudi prison. ...In Iran, four
prominent Christian leaders have been killed in this decade. In Iraq,
and Syria—and likely others—family members who kill converts to
experience no punishment.
How to handle Palestinian
Qaida) war criminals: "Marwan Barghouti"
with due credit to Rudyard Kipling's "Danny Deever"
* The hashisheen, or assassins, got hopped up on hashish and
they were in Paradise. The "Old Man of the Mountains" told them they'd
go to Paradise forever if they died on their missions. This should
|"What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade.
"To turn you out, to turn you out", the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What makes you look so white, so white?" said Files-on-Parade.
"I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch", the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're hangin' Marwan Barghouti, you can hear the Dead March play,
The regiment's in 'ollow square -- they're hangin' him to-day;
They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Marwan Barghouti in the mornin'.
"What makes the rear-rank breathe so 'ard?" said
"It's bitter cold, it's bitter cold", the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What makes that front-rank man fall down?" said Files-on-Parade.
"A touch o' sun, a touch o' sun", the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Marwan Barghouti, they are marchin' of
They 'ave 'alted Marwan Barghouti by 'is coffin on the
An' 'e'll swing in 'arf a minute for a sneakin' murderin' hound
O they're hangin' Marwan Barghouti in the mornin'!
|"'E demanded 'land for peace'", said Files-on-Parade.
"'E'll 'ave all the land he needs to-night", the Colour-Sergeant
"'E murdered innocents a score o' times", said Files-on-Parade.
"'E'll murder no more", the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Marwan Barghouti, you must mark 'im to 'is
For 'e bombed a Seder and slaughtered children -- you must look 'im
in the face;
All of 'is people's an' Humanity's disgrace,
While they're hangin' Marwan Barghouti in the mornin'.
"What's that so black agin' the sun?" said
"It's Marwan fightin' 'ard for life", the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What's that that whimpers over'ead?" said Files-on-Parade.
"It's Marwan's soul that's passin' now", the Colour-Sergeant
For they're done with Marwan Barghouti, you can 'ear the
The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin' us away;
Ho! the terrorists are shakin', an' they'll want their hashish*
After we hanged Marwan Barghouti in the mornin'.