Amazing: 'Human rights watch' actually realizes Gaza 'Palestinians' commit war crimes
Well, isn't this amazing? 'Human rights watch' has finally figured out that Hamas and other 'Palestinian' terror groups committed war crimes by shooting rockets from civilian areas in Gaza to civilian areas in Israel
during Operation Pillar of Defense.
“Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming
civilians was their aim,” said HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah
Whitson. “There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets
at populated areas.”
The group also found that Gazan groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad,
and the Popular Resistance Committee, justified targeting civilian
centers as reprisal for Israeli strikes, an act also banned under
Furthermore, such groups "repeatedly fired
rockets from densely populated areas, near homes, businesses, and a
hotel, unnecessarily placing civilians in the vicinity at grave risk
from Israeli counter-fire," the report said.
The detailed report
included examples of rockets being launched from densely populated areas
in Gaza, and noted that groups fired from underground tunnels with
hatches for the first time. HRW faulted Palestinian armed groups for
failing to alert civilians or urge them to evacuate prior to launching
rockets in their vicinity.
As the ruling power in the Strip, the
human rights group said, Hamas was responsible for reining in the
behavior of other groups.
“As the ruling authority in Gaza, Hamas has an obligation to stop unlawful attacks and punish those responsible,” Whitson said.
But lest you get your hopes up for a Goldstone or other style of inquiry into these human rights violations....
A week earlier, HRW reported that Israeli attacks on journalists and
media facilities during the operation also violated laws of war, saying
that Israel provided no specific information to justify claims that they
were military targets.
“Just because Israel says a journalist
was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so,”
Whitson said. “Journalists who praise Hamas and TV stations that
applaud attacks on Israel may be propagandists, but that does not make
them legitimate targets under the laws of war.”
Well yeah, except that Israel did
provide evidence, and Hamas' al-Aqsa television is a designated terror organization.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, Hamas Television, Human Rights Watch, human shields, Operation Pillar of Defense, war crimes