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Jerusalem - Rights Group: Israeli Lethal Force In Gaza May Be War Crime

Published on: June 13, 2018 07:51 AM
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Palestinian medic rushes to a a protester who got shot in his mouth by teargas canister fired by Israeli troops near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Friday, June 8, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are streaming toward the fence separating Gaza from Israel for a protest against the decade-long blockade of their territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Palestinian medic rushes to a a protester who got shot in his mouth by teargas canister fired by Israeli troops near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Friday, June 8, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are streaming toward the fence separating Gaza from Israel for a protest against the decade-long blockade of their territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Jerusalem - Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks may constitute war crimes.

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The statement was issued Wednesday ahead of an emergency U.N. General Assembly meeting to vote on a resolution condemning Israel’s “excessive use of force.” A similar Security Council resolution was vetoed earlier this month by the United States for being “fundamentally imbalanced” and “grossly one-sided,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Palestinians have held near-weekly protests since March 30, calling for a “right of return” to ancestral homes now in Israel. At least 120 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,800 wounded by Israeli fire in protests along the border. The overwhelming majority of the dead and wounded have been unarmed, according to Gaza health officials.

The Israeli military has said its soldiers adhere to the rules of engagement to defend Israeli civilians and security infrastructure from attacks cloaked by the protests.

Human Rights Watch contended in its statement that the mostly unarmed protesters didn’t pose an imminent threat to Israeli troops or civilians, and therefore the use of live fire suggests a violation of international law. The organization said eyewitnesses recounted Palestinians were shot from a great distance from the fence, and others who “had not thrown stones or otherwise tried to harm Israeli soldiers” were shot from a closer range.

Israel has been accused of committing war crimes in its three wars in the Gaza Strip in the last decade. Last month the Palestinians urged the International Criminal Court in The Hague to launch an investigation into Israeli policies and actions in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, accusing Israel of systemic crimes.

Israel has called the Palestinian move “legally invalid.” Israel is not a member of the ICC and argues the court does not have jurisdiction.

The ICC has conducted a preliminary investigation since 2015 into alleged crimes in the Palestinian territories, including West Bank settlement construction and war crimes by Israel and Hamas in the 2014 war in Gaza.

Human Rights Watch’s Mideast director called on the international community to “impose real costs for such blatant disregard for Palestinian lives.”

“The U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry should identify and call for sanctions against officials implicated in ongoing serious human rights violations,” Sarah Leah Whitson said.



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 Jun 13, 2018 at 07:59 AM adar29 Says:

I guess to balance the equation Israel needs to use incendiary kites from the sea side and throw incendiary bombs and explosives in an indiscriminate way. Maybe Israel should dump all their used tires on fire on top of Gaza

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 08:17 AM Anonymous Says:

And the Palinazis using kite bombs to ruin Israeli agriculture is not a war crime???
How about Hamas' indiscriminate shooting missiles at Israeli population centers?

What about the slaughter of 600,000 Syrian civilians? Is that not a war crime??

HYPOCRITES!!

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 10:50 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Well capos like yamsar are happy

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

1 and 2 - well said, I can't add anything else

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 12:04 PM elyeh Says:

The lives of Jews are of no importance to Human Rights Watch.

Maybe what Human Rights Watch (y'mach schmom) believes that the Israeli soldiers should wait until Hamas has breached the fence and are coming at them in waves of suicide bombers before they shoot?

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 04:01 PM lazy-boy Says:

It is hard for me to fathom how liberal idiots can bypass their brains and use their emotions to think. Can't they see what Hamas is? Can't they understand that a mass of people who want to crash the border and kill Israelis are not peaceful demons trators?

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 05:45 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

And the Palinazis using kite bombs to ruin Israeli agriculture is not a war crime???
How about Hamas' indiscriminate shooting missiles at Israeli population centers?

What about the slaughter of 600,000 Syrian civilians? Is that not a war crime??

HYPOCRITES!!

Or just drop slabs of concrete & stone onto gaza!
Its cheaper than bombs, and cant be a war crime as its just a stone!

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 05:34 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #5  
elyeh Says:

The lives of Jews are of no importance to Human Rights Watch.

Maybe what Human Rights Watch (y'mach schmom) believes that the Israeli soldiers should wait until Hamas has breached the fence and are coming at them in waves of suicide bombers before they shoot?

And so called jews like yamsar and soros

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 06:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
lazy-boy Says:

It is hard for me to fathom how liberal idiots can bypass their brains and use their emotions to think. Can't they see what Hamas is? Can't they understand that a mass of people who want to crash the border and kill Israelis are not peaceful demons trators?

they understand very well, but a world that could follow a monster who murdered 6,000,000, surely can come up with today's nonsense

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