Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fatal Strikes: Israel’s Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon




Human Right Watch Report Aug. 2006, Vol. 18, No. 3(E)

“This report documents serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war) by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Lebanon between July 12 and July 27, 2006, as well as the July 30 attack in Qana … The Israeli government claims it is taking all possible measures to minimize civilian harm, but the cases documented here reveal a systematic failure by the IDF to distinguish between combatants and civilians.

… Human Rights Watch found no cases in which Hezbollah deliberately used civilians as shields to protect them from retaliatory IDF attack.

By consistently failing to distinguish between combatants and civilians, Israel has violated one of the most fundamental tenets of the laws of war: the duty to carry out attacks on only military targets. The pattern of attacks during the Israeli offensive in Lebanon suggests that the failures cannot be explained or dismissed as mere accidents; the extent of the pattern and the seriousness of the consequences indicate the commission of war crimes.

Statements from Israeli government officials and military leaders suggest that, at the very least, the IDF has blurred the distinction between civilian and combatant, and is willing to strike at targets it considers even vaguely connected to the latter. At worst, it considers all people in the area of hostilities open to attack.”

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this attention on the harm that Israel is doing. So little attention on the fact that Hezbollah initiated this conflict in the first place... by engaging in an unprovoted kidnapping of two of Israel's soldiers, a massive build up of missiles and weapons over the past 6 years since the Israel departure from Lebanon, indiscriminately firing crude, inaccurate missiles into civilian populations, where there are NO soldiers posted, and hiding amongst the Lebanese population... shooting missiles and guns at the Israelis from within apartment buildings. It is terrible what is happening in Lebanon, but to completely blame Israel as the one responsible for all of the deaths occuring in both Israel and Lebanon insults the intelligence of informed people.

So go ahead and continue your one-sided rant against Israel... perhaps your screeches wouldn't sound so hollow if you also recognized the atrocities that Hezbollah has done and continues to do and its primary role in the triggering of this massacre.

It must be easy to be Hezbollah nowadays... no one holds them accountable for their evil deeds... everyone just focuses on the democratic nation engages in combat against the terrorist groups... and that's because unlike terrorist groups, democracies have standards, morals, and they respond to one-sided screeches like the ones you are making. Shame.

August 04, 2006 7:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this attention on the harm that Israel is doing. So little attention on the fact that Hezbollah initiated this conflict in the first place... by engaging in an unprovoted kidnapping of two of Israel's soldiers, a massive build up of missiles and weapons over the past 6 years since the Israel departure from Lebanon, indiscriminately firing crude, inaccurate missiles into civilian populations, where there are NO soldiers posted, and hiding amongst the Lebanese population... shooting missiles and guns at the Israelis from within apartment buildings. It is terrible what is happening in Lebanon, but to completely blame Israel as the one responsible for all of the deaths occuring in both Israel and Lebanon insults the intelligence of informed people.

So go ahead and continue your one-sided rant against Israel... perhaps your screeches wouldn't sound so hollow if you also recognized the atrocities that Hezbollah has done and continues to do and its primary role in the triggering of this massacre.

It must be easy to be Hezbollah nowadays... no one holds them accountable for their evil deeds... everyone just focuses on the democratic nation engages in combat against the terrorist groups... and that's because unlike terrorist groups, democracies have standards, morals, and they respond to one-sided screeches like the ones you are making. Shame.

August 04, 2006 7:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what matters is the mass killing of civilians. it is unjustifiable and tracing who started it wont make it less horrible.

August 04, 2006 4:00 pm  
Anonymous Raja said...

Hey anonymous:

you say: "an unprovoted kidnapping of two of Israel's soldiers, "

FIrst, it is not a "kidnapping" and Israeli soldiers armed with guns, bombs, tanks, planes and ships are not "kids" being "kidnapped" - they are killer machines who were captured.

Second, "unprovoked?" Israel has conducted hundreds of incursions into Lebanon killing people regularly by bombing, shooting, and kidnapping - hundreds of Lebanese people are in Israeli prisons being tortured. And Israel occupied Lebanon for 22 years - what do you call that? Were the tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers in Lebanon there for tourism? History enthusiasts? Nature lovers on the loose through the mountains? No. THey were brutal torturers, murderers and cruel occupiers. And they got their hineys kicked like footballs by the Lebanese resistance. Now they cry about "kidnapping" boo hoo!

wake up and smell the coffee!

Raja

August 04, 2006 9:51 pm  

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