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Amnesty accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

July 2, 2009
A boy runs through the ruins of a mosque damaged by Israeli troops on January 23, 2009 in a heavily damaged suburb in Gaza City

A boy runs through the ruins of a mosque damaged by Israeli troops on January 23, 2009 in a heavily damaged suburb in Gaza City

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Amnesty International on Thursday accused Israeli forces of war crimes, saying they used children as human shields and conducted wanton attacks on civilians during their offensive in the Gaza Strip.

It also reiterated its call for an international arms embargo against Israel.

“Much of the destruction was wanton and resulted from direct attacks on civilian objects,” Amnesty said in a study.

Israeli troops forced Palestinians to stay in one room of their home while turning the rest of the house into a base and sniper position, “effectively using the families, both adults and children, as human shields and putting them at risk,” the group said.

Intentionally using civilians to shield a military objective, often referred to as using ‘human shields’ is a war crime,” Amnesty said.

“Hundreds of civilians were killed in attacks carried out using high-precision weapons, air-delivered bombs and missiles, and tank shells.

“Others, including women and children, were shot at short range when posing no threat to the lives of the Israeli soldiers,” it said.

“Most of the cases investigated by Amnesty International of close-range shootings involve individuals, including children and women, who were shot at as they were fleeing their homes in search of shelter – none could have reasonably been perceived as a threat to the soldiers who shot them and that there was no fighting going on in their vicinity when they were shot,” the report said, adding that “wilful killings of unarmed civilians are war crimes.

It said Israel’s use of white phosphorus shells was also a clear breach of international law.

Asked if Israel had deliberately targetted unarmed civilians, he said it was “very difficult to come to any other conclusion”. full article

Among the allegations being probed are claims that Israel targeted ambulances and medical crews, improperly used incendiary bombs such as white phosphorus in dense civilian areas (a claim also being internally investigated by the Israeli military), prevented the evacuation of wounded carrying white flags, and targeted schools, hospitals, supply convoys and a U.N. compound where over 1,000 civilians had taken shelter. source

Now, despite all this, Israel will get away with it.

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  1. Mihail permalink

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    — Menachem Begin – Israeli Prime Minister 1977–1983

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