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As Canada plays an active role in supporting Israel, it is incumbent on members of government to have access to accurate reporting. At the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II, "I didn't know" was a frequent defense. This is unconscionable. We find that current allegations of use of illegal weapons analogous to laws here in Canada regarding child abuse: when there is even suspicion of such horrific, egregious crimes, it is incumbent to investigate and fully report the findings.
The following descriptions, and the photographs available on the internet, evoke very difficult reactions. For the people in the countries where 'new weapons' cause such unthinkable bodily injuries, the effect can be psychologically terrifying and paralyzing.
The Canadian Government and health professionals must not be paralyzed but must act immediately to establish the actual facts.
* Dr. Bachir Cham of Southern Medical Center near Saida, Lebanon,
member of the French Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons, reported
his observations to the Doctors Orer in Lebanon, to the commissioner
of the EU for Foreign Affaires Javier Solana, and to UN Secretary
Kofi Annan. "One might think they were burnt, but their colour
is dark, they're inflated and they have a terrible smell and hair
is not burnt nor do bodies bleed." He also stated that there
were an unusual number of dead victims compared to the number of
injured. Lebanese Health Minister Mohammed Khalife and Dr. Bachir
Cham (From Reuters July 27): "Killed by Israeli air raids,
the Lebanese dead are charred in a way local doctors, who have lived
through years of civil war and Israeli occupation, say they have
not seen before. Bachir Cham received eight bodies after an Israeli
air raid on nearby Rmeili which he said exhibited such wounds. He
has taken 24 samples from the bodies to test what killed them. He
believes it is a chemical. Cham said the bodies of some victims
were 'black as shoes, so they are definitely using chemical weapons.
They are all black but their hair and skin is intact so they are
not really burnt. It is something else. If you burnt someone with
petrol their hair would burn and their skin would burn down to the
bone. The Israelis are 100 per cent using chemical weapons.' Killed
by Israeli air raids, the Lebanese dead are charred in a way local
doctors, who have lived through years of civil war and Israeli occupation,
say they have not seen before."
* Dr. Jom 'a Al Sakka (Reuters, July 17, 2006), spokesperson for
AlShifa Hospital in Gaza, stated that "These Israeli bombings
are entering the body and fragmenting, causing internal combustion
leading to up to fourth degree internal burns, exposing the bone,
and affecting the tissue and skin. These tissues die, they do not
survive, which obliges us to perform arm or leg amputations, and
there are fragments which penetrate the body and do not show up
on x-rays. When entering the body they spark like a combustion firearm,
but not chemically. They seem radioactive." He complained that
he did not see any foreign medical institution interested in the
use of the new weapons and their effects on the human body. He said
"What we found were journalists who came to take pictures,
but as for the medical community, nothing."
* From Medical Emergency Relief International: report on August 8th that after one attack in Gaza City, 75% of the patients needed amputations.
* From the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto: reports of dead
tissues and no apparent wounds; 'shrunken' corpses; civilians with
heavy damage to lower limbs that require amputation, which is nevertheless
followed by unstoppable necrosis and death; descriptions of extensive
internal wounding with no trace of shrapnel, corpses blackened but
not burnt, and others heavily wounded that did not bleed. Possibility
that new weapons included 'direct energy' weapons an chemical and/or
biological agents, "where there is no respect for anything:
international rules, refugees, hospitals an the red cross, not to
mention the people, their future, their children, the environment,
which is poisoned through dissemination of depleted uranium and
toxic substances after oil and chemical depots are bombed. Health
institutions of Lebanon and Palestine ask constantly for help an
external verification and monitoring. They have asked the UN to
set up an international, independent verification and investigation
committee with the possibility of entering the conflict zone, to
collect material and Swiss testimonies.
* Photographs: http://www.vtjp.org/report/Israels_New_Weapons.htm