I wrote this for a piece by César Chelala on cluster bombs specifically this morning. I will re-post it here as it bears directly on Israeli war crimes in Gaza and elsewhere, such as this bombing.
BRAVO César for putting Cluster Munitions in the spotlight! 118 states have signed the ban on CM, but neither the US or Israel. The manufacture and sale of weapons of death as a business leads directly to their use!
Cluster munitions are indiscriminate, killing any who pick them up, especially children who are drawn to the "toy-like" onjects. In Lebanon during the last 3 days of the latest Israeli attack, after a cease-fire had been signed, Israeli forces fired over a million cluster bombs into south Lebanon - a depraved act clearly designed to punish, maim and kill!
Indiscriminate and banned weapons were also used by Israeli forces in attacks on Gaza, one of the most densely populated areas on earth, including White Phosphorus, fletchet weapons, armor-piercing bombs, and DIME munitions.
Israel: White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes
(Jerusalem) - Israel's repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
http://www.vtjp.org/background/gazaweapons.php This link is very comprehensive and informative.
Israel’s Use of Cluster Bombs Shows Need for Global Ban
The human devastation inflicted on Lebanon by Israel’s illegal use of cluster munitions highlights the urgent need for an international treaty banning the weapon, Human Rights Watch said in releasing a report today. At a conference this week, more than 100 states will discuss a treaty to ban cluster munitions, a process prompted in part by Israel’s cluster attacks on Lebanon in 2006.