IGNORANCE. DECEPTION. OPPRESSION.
Brandeis: Sustaining intellectualarguments for the colonization of Palestine since 1948
Sunday May 23, 2010
Honorary Degree Recipient andCommencement Speaker
“KNOWLEDGE. TRUTH. JUSTICE.”
Israel called the Gaza operation of 2008-2009 “Operation Cast Lead.” CurrentIsraeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren was an Israeli militaryspokesperson during that war. Following are a few examples of war crimescommitted by Israel during the Gaza operation, detailed in the Goldstonereport. Following these examples are some of Michael Oren’s defenses ofIsraeli actions in Gaza.From the Goldstone Report:“On 15 January 2009, the field office compound of the United Nations Reliefand Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) inGaza City came under shelling with high explosive and white phosphorousmunitions. The Mission notes that the attack was extremely dangerous, as thecompound offered shelter to between 600 and 700 civilians and contained ahuge fuel depot. The Israeli armed forces continued their attack over severalhours despite having been fully alerted to the risks they created. The Missionconcludes that the Israeli armed forces violated the requirement undercustomary international law to take all feasible precautions in the choice ofmeans and method of attack with a view to avoiding and in any eventminimizing incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage tocivilian objects...“The Mission also finds that, on the same day, the Israeli armed forcesdirectly and intentionally attacked al-Quds hospital in Gaza City and theadjacent ambulance depot with white phosphorous shells. The attack causedfires which took a whole day to extinguish and caused panic among the sickand wounded who had to be evacuated. The Mission finds that no warning was given at any point of an imminent strike. On the basis of itsinvestigation, the Mission rejects the allegation that fire was directed at theIsraeli armed forces from within the hospital...“The Mission also examined the intense artillery attacks, again including white phosphorous munitions, on al-Wafa hospital in eastern Gaza City, afacility for patients receiving long-term care and suffering from particularlyserious injuries. On the basis of the information gathered, the Mission founda violation of the prohibition of attacks on civilian hospitals in both cases.The Mission also highlights that the warnings given by leaflets and pre-recorded phone messages in the case of al-Wafa hospital demonstrate thecomplete ineffectiveness of certain kinds of routine and generic warnings.”Michael Oren’s Response to the Goldstone Report:“Israel does its utmost to avoid inflicting civilian casualties during militaryoperations...We investigated numerable complaints of irregularities. Thearmy was cleared of virtually all of them...I think this report creates aproblem not just for Israel, but for all free democracies in the world. It's avictory for terror.” (from PBS interview with Gwen Ifill, 9/15/09)