According to this graphic from the Facebook group zionistlies,

List of three possibly banned weapons

The Israeli army uses 3 internationally banned weapons in its military aggression against the unarmed civilian population of Palestine.

Israel used Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME). DIME weapons spread inert metal atoms that penetrate the human body and are difficult to get out of human tissue.

The second internationally banned weapon used by Israel is armor piercing bombs.

The third internationally prohibited weapon used by Israel is white phosphorous, which mixes with oxygen to form a transparent wax and causes fires and thick, white smoke. When the human body is exposed to white phosphorus it burns the skin and the flesh; only the bones remain.

The use of such banned weapons against humans is a flagrant violation of international law, especially the fourth Geneva convention.

Has Israel used these weapons in Palestine,

  • Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME)
  • armor piercing bombs
  • white phosphorous

And are these weapons banned by international law?

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    – user11643
    Jun 4, 2021 at 14:35

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This graphics is a mess, but is partially correct.

Wikipedia says about DIME

has a relatively small but effective blast radius

It is intended to limit the distance at which the explosion causes damage

And brings Palestinian claims about its usage, but I couldn't find any other hard proofs besides those few claims.

The Israeli Army related forum Fresh mentions the theoretical ability to launch DIME using GBU-39 smart bombs.

globalsecurity.org brings more technical details.

There seems to be concerns about the materials being carcinogenic and about hard to treat wounds, but they are not banned

It's no more illegal than normal blast-and-shrapnel weapons, but it is a mystery.

The results of using this bomb are horrible, but this is a weapon meant to kill but on the other side tries to minimize collateral damage.

I suppose that by "armor piercing bombs" they meant depleted uranium armor piercing shells, those are using the high mass of uranium as a better way to penetrate armored vehicles. There is no explosion (and certainly no nuclear explosion) but the material itself might (is?) have health hazards but mainly to the people operating it and less to people being hit, again this is a shell designed to kill and any health issues are related to third parties.

There are Palestinian claims about depleted uranium shell usage in Gaza. The UN didn't find evidence for usage even in Lebanon where it makes more sense to use armor piercing shells, while in Gaza the fighting is against "soft targets".

Depleted Uranium weapons are not banned although there are intentions to have treaties against their usage.

White phosphorous can have multiple uses, it can be used directly against people, as an incendiary weapon, as a smoke bomb but also as long lasting illumination or marking. Israel used the latter two during operation Cast-Lead in 2009. Translation from the Hebrew article

Cast Lead | The IDF investigates why a reserve force fired 20 phosphorus bombs at a residential neighborhood in the Gaza Strip

But due to criticism the IDF stopped using it. Translation from the Hebrew article

During Operation Cast Lead, international criticism of Israel intensified due to its use of phosphorus bombs in populated areas. Contact of a person with white phosphorus causes severe burns. The IDF did not deny that they used bombs containing phosphorus in cast lead, but said that they did so in accordance with the law and not in populated areas, but in open areas. However, in light of the criticism, during the operation, senior military officials ordered to stop the use of these bombs.

The status of the weapon is complex, it's existence is not banned but it shouldn't be used against people.

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    I couldn't find any sources about that, but does it matter? a normal, "standard", legal, bomb won't leave much of you either
    – Rsf
    Jun 3, 2021 at 16:34
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    depleted uranium is toxic and harmful if you breathe the dust. But it is also so insanely dense that it doesn't really form "dust". If you are in a situation where you are getting shot at, the uranium toxicity is little concern. I'd be more worried about its momentum.
    – Stian
    Jun 3, 2021 at 21:42
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    -1. This answer is referencing things done in 2009 and which the IDF has said it no longer uses - why? Furthermore, this answer refutes the main points of the graphic with respect to the legality and use of these weapons in its text and then concludes "the graphic is partially correct." Jun 5, 2021 at 0:19
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    @ttonon Shaped charges are 100% legal with no issues whatsoever. Depleted uranium is at least controversial in some quarters; shaped charges are not. (And shaped charges aren't at all necessary to take down a building. Bombs capable of leveling a high-rise have existed for many decades.)
    – cpast
    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:25
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    Based on the represented evidence, the conclusion that the graphic is "partially correct" seems generous. 1) There is no proof of usage of DIME, and it's not banned 2) There are claims, but no evidence, for usage of uranium armor piercing shells, and it's not banned 3) Only specific usage of white phosphor is banned, it's not clear if it was (intentionally) used in the banned way, and it's not used anymore. Given that 2 of the claims are completely wrong, and one is at least misleading, I think a more accurate summary would be that the graphic is mostly wrong.
    – tim
    Jun 5, 2021 at 6:33

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