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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 12:31 PM
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Israel, Hizbollah broke human rights law: U.N. envoys (Reuters)
Israel, Hizbollah broke human rights law: U.N. envoys



By Richard Waddington 14 minutes ago

GENEVA (Reuters) -
Israel and Hizbollah committed serious violations of international humanitarian
law during the month-long Lebanon war, four U.N. human rights envoys said
on Tuesday.

Israel did not distinguish between military and civilian targets during the
July 12-August 14 conflict, failed to apply the principle of proportionality
and did not take all precautions to limit injury and damage to civilians,
they said.

According to the investigators, Hizbollah guerrillas, whose seizing of two
Israeli soldiers triggered the fighting, violated human rights law by firing
rockets loaded with anti-personnel ball bearings at civilian areas in northern
Israel.

Violations by both sides led to many deaths and injuries, caused widespread
destruction and forced large numbers of people to flee their homes, the
investigators said in a 40-page report to be presented to the United Nations
Human Rights Council.

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Full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061003/wl_nm/rights_lebano...
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 12:32 PM
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1. Anyone who paid attention to the news would have to agree.
My question is why are we so heavily-financing one of them instead of neither?

PB
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-05-06 09:40 AM
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6. Although I don't
support the billions we give Israel, the answer to your question is obvious. Israel is a nation with whom we have a long standing and close relationship with. H'zbollah, whether on considers it a terrorist group or not, is not a state. Not to mention that H'zbollah killed hundreds of U.S. Marines.

OK, let's see who's the first person to bring up the Liberty.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 12:35 PM
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2. What isreal has done is "monstorous and insane".
I don't often agree with Israeli battalion chiefs, but i do with that assessment.

It is time for the U.S. to end aid to such a regime of death.
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Charlie Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 01:12 PM
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3. Both Israel and Hizbollah broke human rights laws-UN
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L03314618.htm

GENEVA, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Both Israel and Hizbollah were guilty of serious violations of international humanitarian law during the month-long Lebanon war, four U.N. human rights envoys said on Tuesday.

Israel did not distinguish between military and civilian targets, failed to apply the principle of proportionality and did not take all precautions to limit injury and damage to civilians during the July 12-Aug. 14 conflict, they said.

Hizbollah guerrillas, whose seizing of two Israeli soldiers triggered the fighting, violated human rights law by firing Katyusha rockets loaded with lethal anti-personnel ball bearings at civilian areas in northern Israel, the investigators said.

The violations by both sides led to many deaths and injuries, caused widespread destruction and forced large numbers of people to flee their homes, the investigators said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

"The mission concludes that serious violations of both human rights and humanitarian law have been committed by Israel," the four envoys said following a visit to Israel and Lebanon.

"In many instances, Hizbollah violated the applicable principles of humanitarian law, in some cases by targeting the civilian population in northern Israel, and in others by disregarding the principle of distinction," they said.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 01:12 PM
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4. Only one side gets massive military aid from the United States.
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enigma000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-03-06 01:12 PM
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5. and the other side gets missiles from Iran
War by proxy.
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