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January 03, 2009

Israelis Now Safe From Life-Threatening Oxygen

By: John Caruso of The Distant Ocean

If you've been watching mainstream media coverage of Israel's Gaza assault you've probably seen an IAF snuff film of a missile strike against "a Hamas vehicle loaded with dozens of Grad type missiles in the Jabaliya area," in which eight people were incinerated (and others injured).  But B'Tselem has discovered that this vehicle posed an even more insidious danger:

B’Tselem received the testimony of Ahmad Sanur, the owner of the truck bombed. Sanur claims the truck was carrying oxygen canisters used for welding, not Grad rockets. B'Tselem field worker took photos of oxygen canisters left on the site of the bombing.

According to Sanur’s testimony, he and members of his family were trying to salvage material from a metal workshop he owns, which was next door to a bombed house, in order to prevent looting. He denies any connection to militants, or military activity, and is willing to talk to any journalist, or investigator.

(Photo from Army footage of the loading of the truck and photo of the oxygen canisters left next to the truck taken by B'Tselem fieldworker.)

Now, you may think of oxygen as harmless and even benevolent, but it's actually a deadly gas at the right concentration and pressure.  So for all we know, these oxygen canisters were a key component of a Hamas plot to submerge Israel to a depth of 200 feet and force Israelis to breath 100% oxygen (casts an entirely new light on the threat to push Israel into the sea, doesn't it?).  And even assuming the canisters were empty, just imagine the damage one of them could do if a disgruntled Palestinian dropped it off of a tall building on a crowd of Israeli women and children.  As an IDF spokesperson said:  "The intelligent audience watching the footage will know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel. ... I don't believe they'll be disturbed."

(Sanur's son was among the eight people killed, by the way—four of whom were under the age of 18.)

— John Caruso

Posted at January 3, 2009 03:53 PM

Hi - I catch your posts on Thismodernword and think they're the only thing there worth reading besides tom's cartoons. anyway. I'm trying to get this footage that I just saw on liveleak seen by as many people as possible

this is the aftermath of an israeli attack on gaza, plenty of dead and mutilated bodies including many children. Do not watch this if you don't want to see the truth. Keep in mind Americans are partly responsible for this as we don't do enough to pressure our government to stop the funding of the Israeli terrorist regime

Posted by: sloover at January 3, 2009 05:51 PM

That fact that Israeli govt lies or makes false accusations is nothing new. In 2004, it accused UNRWA of helping "terrorists" carry qassam rockets!!!! in its ambulance?!
Of course, it was a big lie and IDF had to remove the video clipping from its webside. It did retract its accusation but apologies do not come easy.

video of the incident....
Even I can see, it is not a qassam rocket!!!!!!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at January 3, 2009 07:19 PM

ONE seeks a higher/lower motive for these frequent occurances, but THIS ONE has "Lets bomb Iran into the stoneage" stamped in gold letters ALL over it. 400--500??? people have to die just for what boils down to "The Niger Yellowcake Forgery" round 2. ONLY this one is written in BLOOD instead of crayon.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 3, 2009 07:51 PM


Do not watch this if you don't want to see the truth. Keep in mind Americans are partly responsible for this.

It is not that I do not want to watch the truth. I went through a few frames and it is difficult to watch the obscenity of this war crime. It made me physically sick.

And we ( americans ) are not just partly responsible. We have given Israel the gift of impunity to do whatever it wants and it gets away with it.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at January 3, 2009 08:53 PM

Those young Israeli girls who were photographed writing messages like 'from Israel with love' on missiles destined to kill innocent Lebanese a few years ago should thank their lucky stars Israel never engages with foes of equal strength and a similar policy of 'bomb now, work out who it is later', particularly as they obviously did not have 'peaceful intentions' toward Lebanon, and were handling actual missiles rather than something that looks a bit like them.

My guess is they'd have been a bit less anonymous and speedily forgotten than a bunch of Arab men.

Posted by: Glenn Condell at January 3, 2009 10:01 PM

Lawrence of Cyberia has more on this

From the post, I learned--among other things--a new word, Flechette:

"Flechettes are small darts that can be packed into tank shells and air-launched missiles, and used as an anti-personnel weapon. They are absolutely not a precision weapon of limited range. Upon detonation, the shell/missile ruptures releasing approximately 5,000 flechettes, that scythe indiscriminately through anything in their path for a distance of up to 300 metres from the point of impact (further if the shell is detonated mid-air). They are the rich person's equivalent of the bomb belt stuffed with nails that a suicide bomber uses to maximize his casualties."

An added bonus - For all the doom and gloom about the dearth of American made products, this is made in the US of A. It was used by the IDF in Gaza in 2003 and possibly more recently.

There are several recent posts that ATR readers might like to check out, too.

Posted by: Bruce F at January 4, 2009 12:40 PM

Bruce F: Its called a 'beehive' round.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 4, 2009 02:07 PM

Beehive rounds are just one more reason UR luck ran out standing IN FRONT of the tanks.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 4, 2009 02:12 PM

Sloover, go to your link again. It seems that footage was from a 2005 explosion of weapons/ammo carried at a Hamas parade.

Posted by: Baldie McEagle at January 5, 2009 03:16 PM