Mustafa Barghouti has accused Israel of using the Gaza Strip as a testing ground for new weapons. Speaking during a review of 2014 in Ramallah, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative reminded listeners that Israel is now the third largest arms exporter in the world. “There is conclusive evidence that it used the Gaza Strip as a test bed for its deadly weaponry,” he claimed.
The Israelis, he added, fired around 21,000 tons of high explosives at the besieged territory during its war against Palestinian civilians in July-August 2014. That’s the equivalent of two nuclear bombs, noted Barghouti. “Israel has launched four devastating wars against Gaza,” he added, “during which it has used internationally-prohibited weapons, including white phosphorus, as well as barrel bombs.”