Save the children from Israel's deadly drones
by Brad Parker, Defence of Children International
Al Jazeera 27 November 2013
Mahmoud Khousa was 13 when he died. He was killed last November by an Israeli drone-fired missile on the last day of Operation Pillar of Defence, an eight-day Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. More than 30 Palestinian children were killed. Yet one year on, despite well-documented evidence of war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law, there has been no accountability and no justice for Mahmoud's family.
Since 2006, the Israeli military has sought to achieve "deterrence" by implementing something known as the "Dahiya doctrine," or "the application of disproportionate force and the causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, as well as suffering to civilian populations." It derives its name from the Hezbollah-controlled neighbourhood of Dahiya in Beirut, which Israeli forces leveled in the summer of 2006 during its assault on Lebanon. Following Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 to January 2009, which resulted in the death of over 350 children, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict found Israeli practices consistent with this doctrine.
Full article in Al Jazeera 27 November 2013
See also War on Want's report on Killer Drones
Don't mourn - organise! Edinburgh University students succeeded in September in getting their university to divest from Ultra Electronics, a company making parts for drones. We need to work together to research the sources of the money developing Israel's murderous drones and emulate the Edinburgh University campus divestment campaigners, as well as the Dundee University campaigners who similarly won a divestment from BAe for its involvement in the 2008/2009 Gaza massacres.