...In a post on January 8, also published in Il Manifesto , Vittorio writes :
"Take some kittens, some soft little kittens, and put them in a box," says Jamal, a surgeon at Al Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, while a nurse places a couple of cardboard boxes right in front of us, covered with stains Blood. "Close the box and, and with all your weight and might jump on it until you hear the bones break and the last meow is strangled." While the boxes look dumbfounded, the doctor continues, "Now try to imagine what would happen immediately after such a scenario was made public: the justified outrage of the world, complaints by the animal protection organization ... "The doctor continues his story, and I can not take my eyes for a minute of those boxes placed at my feet. "Israel has imprisoned thousands of civilians in a school as if in a box, dozens of children, and then crushed with all the worst of his bombs. And what were the reactions of the world? Almost nothing. It would have been better to be born animals rather than Palestinians, we would have been better protected. "
At this point, the doctor bends over one of the boxes, and opens it in front of me. Inside is mutilated limbs, arms and legs from the knee down or femurs whole of the wounded amputees who have come from A Fakhura School [UN Fakura School] in Jabalia, more than 50 victims so far. Pretending he had an urgent phone call Jamal said goodbye, in fact, I went to the bathroom, I bent and vomited.
Just before that I was engaged in a discussion with Dr. Abdel, an ophthalmologist, on rumors, reports uncontrolled for days had been moving up and down the Strip, according to which the Israeli military has been using a rain of unconventional weapons, forbidden by the Geneva Convention . Cluster bombs and white phosphorous bombs. Exactly what the IDF [ IDF ] used in the last war in Lebanon, and what the U.S. Air Force used in Fallujah, in breach of international law. Opposite the Al Awda Hospital witnessed and filmed the use of white phosphorus bombs, about five feet from where we were, right away to make sure that under the Israeli Apaches were civilians, but too close to us.
The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that white phosphorus should not be used directly as a weapon of war in civilian areas, only as a smoke screen or illuminate. There is no doubt that using this weapon in Gaza, a strip of land that has the highest population density in the world, is already a crime. Dr. Abdel told me Shifa hospital had no medical military competition to see if some of the wounds that had examined the bodies were actually produced by white phosphorus shells. But according to him, in twenty years of work, he had never seen death cases as those borrowed from the hospital in recent times. He described head injuries, bone fractures vomer, mandible, lacrimal bone, nasal bone and palatal bone that indicate the impact of immense strength in the face of the victims. He said he was completely inexplicable was the complete absence of eyeballs, which in the case of trauma of this magnitude should be kept in place, or at least traces of them, within the skull. However, Palestinian hospitals eyeless bodies are coming, as if someone had surgically removed before delivery to the coroner......