Friday, January 16, 2009

Israeli Human Rights Groups Detail Allegations of Army Abuse in Gaza

Israeli Rights Groups Detail Allegations of Army Abuse in Gaza -": "On January 14, Israeli human rights groups issued a detailed report alleging serious human rights violations by Israel’s military in its three-week campaign in Gaza against Hamas. But Israel rejected the allegations and continued to notch up its effort to lay the blame on Hamas for the harm suffered by civilians during its military effort.

"The coalition of nine human rights organizations, which included Physicians for Human Rights, the Israeli section of Amnesty International and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, charged that Israel’s conduct “constitutes a blatant violation of the laws of warfare and raises the suspicion, which we ask be investigated, of the commission of war crimes.”

"Israel claims that although it does everything possible to avoid harm to civilians, they are inevitably harmed, because Hamas uses civilian buildings, including schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes, for operations and for weapon storage.

"The human rights groups’ charges and Israel’s responses represented a significant increase in the profile of Israel’s human rights conduct in Gaza, even as pictures of carnage and human suffering there drove tens of thousands to the streets in Europe and elsewhere in protest of Israel’s campaign. Israeli public support for Operation Cast Lead, meanwhile, remained""

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