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Israel's Use of Chemical Weapons

Development and deployment of chemical weapons by Israel, 1974-2004

  Ibrahim, age 14 - click for complete interviews and full-size photos (Acrobat format)

Ibrahim, age 14: “I get these conditions: My whole body will start shivering and shaking. They ask me, ‘What’s the matter?’ But I don’t know – my whole body is shaking and I can’t stop it. They would give me sedatives and they would fan me because my chest was constricted – and even now I feel a swelling in my chest because of breathing the gas.” -- Gas Attacks in Khan Younis, February 2001: Interviews with victims and medical personnel by James Longley, producer of Gaza Strip. Full text and photos



Allegations that Israeli forces have used chemical and biological weapons date back to the War of 1948. In March 2003, the highly-respected BBC television network presented Israel’s Secret Weapon, an investigation of Israel's development of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The BBC reported: “The Israeli army has used new unidentified weapons. In February 2001 a new gas was used in Gaza. A hundred and eighty patients were admitted to hospitals with severe convulsions….Israel is outside chemical and biological weapons treaties and still refuses to say what the new gas was.” (1) Contents:
Background: 1974-2000
Poison Gas: February-March 2001
Poison Gas: October 2003
Poison Gas: June 2004
Other Reports: May-June 2004
What Kind of Gas?

This report explores the reported development and deployment of chemical weapons by the government of Israel since 1974, paying particular attention to incidents since 2001 in which unidentified poison gas(es) and other chemicals were used against civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories. The documentation includes photos, videos, interviews, and reports by human rights organizations, the world press and independent researchers. We invite you to explore the evidence.

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Also see: The Israeli Poison Gas Attacks  
The Israeli Poison Gas Attacks of 2001: A Preliminary Investigation
Additional Documents: Symptoms - Timeline - Characteristics
Send Hans Blix to Nes Ziona: Civilians Attacked With Poison Gas
Chemical Warfare on the West Bank? How Israel "Disperses" Demonstrations


1. Israel's Secret Weapon, transcript, BBC, March 17, 2003