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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:14 AM
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Israel: IDF Inquiry Into Qana A Whitewash
The investigation carried out by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) into the air-missile attack on Qana was clearly inadequate and reinforces the need for the urgent dispatch of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC).

"We cannot allow any investigation into the events in Qana to be a whitewash. What is needed here is an independent investigation which can look at all credible reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law taking place in this conflict. Any investigation needs the capacity to cross borders and talk to survivors of the attack as well as to the forces involved," said Kate Gilmore, Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International.

"It is not enough that the Israeli army investigates themselves. Israel has a history of either not investigating civilian deaths, or conducting similarly flawed inquiries."

The results of the IDF investigation state that the IDF "operated according to information that the building was not inhabited by civilians". Yet survivors of the attack interviewed by Amnesty International researchers in Qana shortly after the bombing, stated that they had been in the building for some two weeks and that their presence must have been known to Israeli forces whose surveillance drones frequently flew over the village.

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http://www.amnesty.ie/user/content/view/full/6228/
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:11 PM
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1. IDF investigating the IDF is like the Bush Admin investigating itself
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"No problem here!!"

yeah, right . . . .

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AliceWonderland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:15 PM
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2. Does this really surprise anyone?
This is simply the way states with armies fight their wars -- i.e., conduct terror. It is labelled differenly than freelance terror, but it still kills. Actually, it tends to kill more. It just gets better press.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:16 PM
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3. I'm shocked, shocked, to find gambling going on in this establishment
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