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Israeli War Crimes Oct 7-14 2023

October 23, 2023

I condemn the massacre of Israelis by Hamas and lament the loss of human life which is sacred. Dupes don't deserve to die. The attack was covertly organized by the Israeli government to justify the extermination of Palestinians in Gaza and divert attention from a civil war within Israel. It's their MO.

Israel has exacted terrible revenge and would proclaim a ceasefire if deterrence and not genocide were its goal. 

Anyone who supports the current Israeli assault on Gaza has no moral recourse if they suffer the same fate as the Palestinian civilians in a nuclear war.  Your life is worthless if you believe the Gazans deserve their fate. Your soul is already dead. 

List of war crimes and crimes qualifying as genocide committed by Israel in Gaza between 7th & 14th October 2023

Article 6(c): Deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.

"An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind."  - Mahatma Gandhi 


by Yanis Varoufakis

Defenders of Israel's bombing and invasion of Gaza have challenged me to offer a 'chapter-and-verse' list of war crimes that Israel has committed since the Hamas Offensive of 7th October. Here is an indicative, but not exhaustive, list. There is no doubt: Israel is investing in war crimes to effect its recapture and ethnic cleansing of Gaza while, at the same time, practicing similar tactics in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court - Genocide

Article 6(c): Deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part

Imposition of a complete siege of the Gaza Strip, totally depriving Gazans of electricity, food and fuel, and tightening even more the existing 16-year-old blockade thereof.[1]

Article 25(3)(c): For the purpose of facilitating the commission of such a crime, aids, abets or otherwise assists in its commission or its attempted commission, including providing the means for its commission

Israel purchases 10,000 riffles for Israeli settlers[2]

Article 25(3)(e): Directly and publicly Incites others to commit genocide

"We are fighting human animals, and we act accordingly" (Israel's Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant)[3]

War crimes - Grave breaches of the Wilful killings of the 1949 Geneva Conventions

Article 8(2)(a)(i): Wilful killing

Israel's targeting of the "Shaban family home, killing all six members, two parents and their children".[4]

Article 8(2)(a)(ii); Torture and inhuman treatment

Severe psychological suffering inflicted on Palestinians who, every night, without electricity, fear for their life as bombings continue[5]

Article 8(2)(a)(iii): Wilfully causing great suffering and serious injury to body and health

The combined effect of the partial blockade, the total block of Gaza, and the war on the mental health of children: "Children who survive wars do not emerge unscathed and can pay a high price psychologically, emotionally, or behaviourally", including "symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma".[6] 

These traumas can go as far as "lack of interest in everyday life" and "nightmares are frequently experienced", as well as bed-wetting.[7] In 2022, concerns were raised on the ability of children to cope with this situation and the rising number of suicidal thoughts.[8] While these patterns have been noticed and documented after the May 2021 Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip before the one that arose on 7 October, they are still relevant for the purpose of this material. Indeed, this attack is far more devastating than the precedent, as the Palestinian death toll reaches now 1,900 Palestinians.[9]

Article 8(2)(a)(iv): Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly

From 7 to 12 October 2023, "Israeli raids have destroyed thousands of housing units, and private and public properties"[10]

Article 8(2)(a)(vii): Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement

423,00 Palestinians "forced to flee their homes in Gaza due to the continuous and heavy indiscriminate Israeli strikes". Subsequently, on 13 October 2023, Israel ordered the evacuation of "1,1 million Palestinians in Gaza". [11]

Other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict, within the established framework of international law

Article 8(2)(b)(i)): Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities

Entire families were targeted and under the rubble: "[t]he Abou Dan family was holed up at home, in the Bureij camp in the center of the enclave. Everyone kept checking their phones to make sure that no message had been sent from the Israeli army telling them to evacuate their home. "There was no warning shot, no text message, nothing. All of a sudden, a bomb fell, then two," said Ahmed Abou Dan over the phone".[12]

Article 8(2)(b)(ii): Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives

Between 11 October midday and 12 October midday, "Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, destroying two houses in Beit Lahiya owned by the Nsair and Al-Bes families [...]. They also targeted residential areas in Jabaliya, Al-Tawam, Al-Amoudi, and Al-Karama neighborhoods [...]."[13]

Article 8(2)(b)(iii): Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilians or civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict

At least "12 UNRWA employees have been killed since the start of hostilities."[14]

Article 8(2)(b)(iv): Intentionally launching an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects or widespread, long-term, and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall military advantage anticipated

From 11 October midday to 12 October midday, Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, alongside "intense shelling by filed artillery and naval vessels in Gaza District, targeting residential neighborhoods", resulting in 78 Palestinians killed.[15]

Article 8(2)(b)(ix): Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not military objectives

"The Israeli bombardment has rendered the Beit Hanoun hospital inoperative and damaged Al-Shifa hospital's neonatal unit."[16]

Article 8(2)(b)(xii): Declaring that no quarter will be given

"[a]ll the places where Hamas is deployed, hiding in and operating from [...] we will turn them into rubble. I say to the residents of Gaza: Leave now because we will operate forcefully everywhere".[17]

Article 8(2)(b)(xiv): Intentionally directing attacks against buildings, material, medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions in conformity with international law

"Israel "directly targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in northern Gaza" on Wednesday, killing paramedics Khalil Al-Sharif, Yasser Al-Masri and Ahmed Dahman"[18]

Article 8(2)(b)(xviii): Employing asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices

Israel's use of white phosphorus on 10 and 11 October 2023[19]

Article 8(2)(b)(xx): Employing weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare that are of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering or which are inherently indiscriminate in violation of the international law of armed conflict, provided that such weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare are the subject of a comprehensive prohibition and are included in an annex to this Statute, by an amendment in accordance with the relevant provisions set forth in articles 121 and 123

Article 8(2)(b)(xxv): Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Israeli War Crimes Oct 7-14 2023"

IN said (October 24, 2023):

This article almost makes it sound like the Israelis want the Palestianians kicked out of Gaza. I think many of the supporters have forgotten that Israel owned Gaza, but the settlers were removed two decades ago. Barry Chamish, the conspiracy theorist, in his articles and even a book even chronicled tricks used by the Israeli secret services to undermine protests against the removal of the settlers in those days.

And now Israel is going to come back? Nope. My guess is that Hezbollah, Yemen, Syria, Hamas were going to attack soon this year. But Hamas jumped the gun. A few higherups in the know rushed Israel's forces to the north expecting the events (which likely would have led to World War 3) to happen, but they did not know the full details.

One proof I offer is that the terrorists in Yemen fired rockets at Israel. Part of the original plot? As for the Gaza civilians I lost respect for them after seeing footage of them last night coming through the wall and even harrassing an elderly individual. Not every Palestinian is like that. But clearly there are many average civilians that are capable of evil. Didn't some of them kill the liberal Jews by burning them alive and shooting them as well as torturing them first? I can't support such behaviour. Again I feel sorry for the others in Gaza, who wanted no part of this plot, but these others may as well be closer in personality to ISIS.

Furthermore, it is a war crime to fire missles from one populated area to another populated area like Hamas and Islamic Jihad has done targeting civilians in Israel.

Russia sided with Hamas recently. So did China. More proof that WW3 is coming soon this year or the next?

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at