"There's a very strong suspicion I think that Gaza is now being used as a test laboratory for new weapons," Mads Gilbert told reporters at Oslo's Gardermoen airport, commenting on the kinds of injuries he and his colleague Erik Fosse had seen while working at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza.
The two medics, who were sent into the war zone by the pro-Palestinian aid organisation NORWAC on December 31, said they had seen clear signs that Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME), an experimental kind of explosive, were being used in Gaza.
"This is a new generation of very powerful small explosives that detonates with an extreme power and dissipates its power within a range of five to 10 metres (16-98 feet)," said Gilbert, 61.
"We have not seen the casualties affected directly by the bomb because they are normally torn to pieces and do not survive, but we have seen a number of very brutal amputations... without shrapnel injuries which we strongly suspect must have been caused by the DIME weapons," he added.
In a separate AFP report, Gilbert claims: "Gaza in 2009 is becoming a new bloody chapter in Palestinian and Middle Eastern history that is, unfortunately, comparable to Sabra and Shatila," in an attempt to smear Israel for the 1982 massacre in the Palestinian refugee camps that was committed by Christian Phalangists.
But who is Dr. Mads Gilbert? Is he a credible and objective medical practitioner? Noting Gilbert's many media appearances, Melanie Phillips writes:
Gilbert was presented as just an ordinary doctor. But Gilbert appears not to be just an ordinary doctor. He is a political activist and member of the Norwegian Maoist 'Red' party. Not only is he viscerally hostile to Israel and a long-standing activist in the Palestinian 'solidarity' movement, but he even supported the 9/11 attacks. A reader posting on this website -- which features a video of further inflammatory remarks by Gilbert -- provided his own translation of Gilbert's remarks to this effect, as well as Gilbert's Wikipedia entry which contained the following (translated from Norwegian):
Shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center in the United States in September 2001 stirred the excitement when Gilbert defended oppressed moral right to attack the United States. 'If the U.S. government has a legitimate right to bomb and kill civilians in Iraq, they have also suppressed a moral right to attack the United States with the weapons they had to create. Dead civilians are the same whether they are Americans, Palestinians or Iraqis.' On the direct question whether he supported the terrorist attacks on the United States, Gilbert said: 'Terror is a bad weapon, but the answer is yes, within the context I have mentioned.'
Why are media outlets relying on a radical Marxist anti-Israel propagandist for comment? And why are they portraying him as a neutral and objective source? Write to any media you see continuing to quote Dr. Mads Gilbert.
For more on Gilbert, see CAMERA's expose.
TIME MAGAZINE: TIME FOR ACTION
This is the cover of Time Magazine's latest edition. With a Star of David behind a wall and barbed wire, it is impossible to ignore the parallel between Israel's actions in Gaza and the Nazi Holocaust - a false association employed by those who seek to delegitimize Israel.
Send your complaints to Time Magazine - firstname.lastname@example.org
OVER 43,000 SIGN HR PETITION DELIVERED TO THE MEDIA
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, HonestReporting is proud to announce that more than 43,000 people signed its online petition demanding fair coverage of the Gaza conflict in the mainstream press.
The petition stated, "I call on the media to provide balanced, objective coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict and not rely on information from Hamas - a terrorist organization - as a source of news. I demand that the use of images and headlines that misrepresent current events to the detriment of the State of Israel be stopped immediately."
HonestReporting delivered the petition on Monday, January 12, to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, CNN, and the BBC.
HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams said the media must realize that some stories do not have two equal sides. "If someone is outside my house with a gun pointed at my daughter, I don't want Israel sending a single soldier with a little gun to protect us, just so no one screams about excessive force," Hyams said. "I want them to use whatever they've got to keep my family and my neighbors safe. We don’t have to apologize for building shelters to protect our children.
"Journalists have an ethical obligation to stop making the news and start reporting it," Hyams added. "It is time for the era of 'hemorrhoid journalism' to come to an end. Journalists need to get off the fence and understand that 'non-judgment' is itself a judgment.
"Reporters are responsible for this monstrous myth that Israel wants to harm the children of Gaza. It fails to recognize the hatred delivered in classrooms of Islamic regimes across the Middle East that will bear fruits of terror on every western shore. At that point, the world might thank Israel for being the first to stand up against pure evil."
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition.
- Video: The discovery by Israeli troops of a zoo and a school wired with explosives by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, 11 Jan 2009
- Video: Footage of Israel Air Force guided missile fire against terrorist targets being aborted due to the unexpected proximity of uninvolved civilians, 11 Jan 2009
- Live feed from Israel-Gaza aid crossing at Kerem Shalom (Note: Most activity takes place during morning hours Israel GMT