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Englander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 01:39 AM
Response to Reply #13
19. Gaza = OPT.
Edited on Sun Jun-11-06 01:57 AM by Englander

'10 June 2006: Israeli Human Rights Organizations: End Killing of Civilians

Five Israeli human rights organizations demanded today in an urgent appeal to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense that they take immediate action to end the killing of Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territories, and to eradicate the factors contributing to these killings.

The organizations (BTselem, ACRI, PCATI, HaMoked and PHR-Israel) state that the killing of a family at the Gaza seashore on Friday (a father, mother and four children), apparently by a shell fired by Israeli soldiers, is a terrible addition to an already horrifying statistic: according to B'Tselem data, since the onset of the second Intifada, 3,446 Palestinians in the Occupied Territories have been killed by Israeli security forces. Of those, 704 were minors under the age of 18 years. At lease 1,647 of those killed were in no way taking part in the fighting at the time they were killed (and an additional 246 people were the targets of targeted killings). These dismal figures result directly from a series of Israeli policies, including illegal expansion of Israel's open-fire regulations, deliberate vagueness and double messages regarding the use of force, violation of the principle of proportionality and the failure to conduct independent investigations into civilian deaths.

The organizations add that it is indeed Israel's obligation to take all legitimate steps at its disposal to defend the lives and security of its citizens from attacks by Palestinian organizations. These attacks by Palestinian groups, which deliberately target civilians, constitute a war crime for which there can be no justification. However, it is unconscionable that a sovereign state should use illegal means, some of which reach the level of war crimes. The organizations reiterate that one of Israel's central obligations under international humanitarian law is to minimize the impact of military action on the civilian population, and to ensure the life and security of Palestinian civilians, also during armed conflict.
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  -How can people live, I wonder? Tom Joad  Jun-09-06 07:53 PM   #0 
  - On this point, I agree with Gerald Ford and James A Baker,III  TomInTib   Jun-09-06 08:19 PM   #1 
  - Obviously they want people to leave  DELUSIONAL   Jun-09-06 09:02 PM   #2 
  - your right--that's exactly what terrorists do..  Phx_Dem   Jun-09-06 10:31 PM   #4 
  - why arent the egyptians  sabbat hunter   Jun-09-06 09:11 PM   #3 
  - Israel is the occupying power.  Tom Joad   Jun-10-06 12:30 AM   #6 
  - Aye, Gaza = OPT. n/t  Englander   Jun-10-06 01:15 AM   #7 
  - gaza not occupied  sabbat hunter   Jun-10-06 02:15 PM   #13 
     - Gaza = OPT.  Englander   Jun-11-06 01:39 AM   #19 
        - Gee, seems every legal entity in the world still seems to consider  Tom Joad   Jun-11-06 02:47 PM   #23 
           - Sure does.  Englander   Jun-12-06 01:24 AM   #24 
           - list?  pelsar   Jun-12-06 01:38 AM   #25 
  - Karni isn't on the Egyptian border. n/t  Englander   Jun-10-06 01:21 AM   #8 
  - the egyptians prefer their security....  pelsar   Jun-10-06 02:27 AM   #9 
  - Map of Gaza & report on the economy;  Englander   Jun-10-06 02:38 AM   #10 
  - you "forgot this"....(and i wonder why?)  pelsar   Jun-10-06 04:47 AM   #12 
  - the egyptians restrict access:  pelsar   Jun-10-06 04:43 AM   #11 
  - Israel has fired more than 5,100 shells into the Gaza strip  Tom Joad   Jun-10-06 12:30 AM   #5 
     - how many shells  sabbat hunter   Jun-10-06 02:17 PM   #14 
        - 5,000 kassams* for the Palestinians....  pelsar   Jun-10-06 04:12 PM   #15 
        - Sure they do.....  Waya   Jun-10-06 06:33 PM   #16 
           - you do realize Gaza is not under Israeli control?  Behind the Aegis   Jun-10-06 08:04 PM   #17 
           - Just under the Israeli gun, then?  Poll_Blind   Jun-10-06 11:35 PM   #18 
           - they are to  sabbat hunter   Jun-11-06 02:05 AM   #20 
              - I didn't say it was ok.....  Waya   Jun-11-06 11:12 AM   #21 
                 - 5,000 kassams not enough?  pelsar   Jun-11-06 12:36 PM   #22 

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