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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:27 PM
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Human Rights Watch releases report on the current Israel/Lebanon conflict
Just released report available here: http://hrw.org/reports/2006/lebanon0806 /

Here is the summary:

SUMMARY

This report documents serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war) by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Lebanon between July 12 and July 27, 2006, as well as the July 30 attack in Qana. During this period, the IDF killed an estimated 400 people, the vast majority of them civilians, and that number climbed to over 500 by the time this report went to print. The Israeli government claims it is taking all possible measures to minimize civilian harm, but the cases documented here reveal a systematic failure by the IDF to distinguish between combatants and civilians.

Since the start of the conflict, Israeli forces have consistently launched artillery and air attacks with limited or dubious military gain but excessive civilian cost. In dozens of attacks, Israeli forces struck an area with no apparent military target. In some cases, the timing and intensity of the attack, the absence of a military target, as well as return strikes on rescuers, suggest that Israeli forces deliberately targeted civilians.

<snip>

By consistently failing to distinguish between combatants and civilians, Israel has violated one of the most fundamental tenets of the laws of war: the duty to carry out attacks on only military targets. The pattern of attacks during the Israeli offensive in Lebanon suggests that the failures cannot be explained or dismissed as mere accidents; the extent of the pattern and the seriousness of the consequences indicate the commission of war crimes.

This report is based on extensive on-the-ground research in Lebanon. Since the start of hostilities, Human Rights Watch has interviewed victims and witnesses of attacks in one-on-one settings, conducted on-site inspections (when security allowed), and collected information from hospitals, humanitarian groups, and government agencies. Human Rights Watch also conducted research in Israel, inspecting the IDFs use of weapons and discussing the conduct of forces with IDF officials. The research was extensive, but given the ongoing war and the scope of the bombings, Human Rights Watch does not claim that the findings are comprehensive; further investigation is required to document the wars complete impact on civilians and to assess the full scope of the IDFs compliance with and disregard for international humanitarian law.

(much more at link -- the full report is 50 pages long)


Here is the Human Rights Watch news release regarding its report:

Israel/Lebanon: End Indiscriminate Strikes on Civilians

Some Israeli Attacks Amount to War Crimes

(Beirut, August 3, 2006) Israeli forces have systematically failed to distinguish between combatants and civilians in their military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said in report released today. The pattern of attacks in more than 20 cases investigated by Human Rights Watch researchers in Lebanon indicates that the failures cannot be dismissed as mere accidents and cannot be blamed on wrongful Hezbollah practices. In some cases, these attacks constitute war crimes.
The pattern of attacks shows the Israeli militarys disturbing disregard for the lives of Lebanese civilians. Our research shows that Israels claim that Hezbollah fighters are hiding among civilians does not explain, let alone justify, Israels indiscriminate warfare.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch

The 50-page report, Fatal Strikes: Israels Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon, analyzes almost two dozen cases of Israeli air and artillery attacks on civilian homes and vehicles. Of the 153 dead civilians named in the report, 63 are children. More than 500 people have been killed in Lebanon by Israeli fire since fighting began on July 12, most of them civilians.

The report is based on extensive interviews with victims and witnesses of attacks, visits to some blast sites, and information obtained from hospitals, humanitarian groups, security forces and government agencies. Human Rights Watch also conducted research in Israel, assessing the weapons used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Human Rights Watch researchers found numerous cases in which the IDF launched artillery and air attacks with limited or dubious military objectives but excessive civilian cost. In many cases, Israeli forces struck an area with no apparent military target. In some instances, Israeli forces appear to have deliberately targeted civilians.

(more at link)


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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:36 PM
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1. Israel is breaking my heart with this
and - yes - I can say that without being an anti-semite....
:hide:
There are too many people who believe violence will be a solution, I just don't understand their way of thinking.

Isn't it about time for another Ghandi to come onto the world stage?

:cry:
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:52 PM
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3. "Isn't it about time for another Ghandi to come onto the world stage?"
There's never NOT a time for a Gandhi. Unfortunately, the times these days do not seem conducive to producing more Gandhis.

sw
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:41 PM
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2. thanks once again!! I am printing it up now...
not looking forward to reading it though. :(
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:56 PM
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4. You're welcome. And thank you for replying. (nt)
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:10 PM
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5. Kick of desperation -- isn't anybody interested? (nt)
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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:09 PM
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6. I've saved it to my HD. Thanks so much for posting this.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:16 PM
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9. leftchick and I both tried today...
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:23 PM
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12. Oh, thanks! I didn't see yours - I was at work all day, not online.
If I had seen either of those threads this afternoon I would have kicked them up instead of re-posting the same thing. My heartfelt thanks for your efforts and for your generosity in kicking this up.

sw
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:26 PM
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13. It's cool. My thread got sidetracked into a discussion of Venezuela...
Imagine that!
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:04 PM
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19. I saw that. I have my own thoughts about HRW & Venezuela, BUT
that's all really beside the point when then current crisis in Lebanon is so stark.

sw
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:12 PM
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22. ...
just kickin the thread. :hi:
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:41 AM
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25. ..
:hi: just kicking your thread for the friday am crowd.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:10 PM
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7. Thanks to HRW and you Scarletwoman.
This info needs to get out.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:13 PM
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8. k&r
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:28 PM
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14. Thanks, sweetie. Really appreciated.
Btw, I love your tea bag idea!

sw
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:58 PM
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18. DUer lisainmilo has picked up the idea and posted it to her website
I think the date is a bit premature. We need a more time for this to gather steam - the more people the bigger the impact. :evilgrin:

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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:16 PM
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10. K & R
:kick:
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laura888 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:18 PM
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11. "A systematic failure by the IDF to distinguish..."
"...between combatants and civilians."

So....they just don't give a damn, do they? Does anyone else?
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:37 PM
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16. Juan Cole nailed it days ago:
...

One hope the Israeli hawks appear to entertain is that they can permanently depopulate strips Lebanon south of the Litani river. Since most Shiites vote Hizbullah and offer political support and cover to it, fewer people means fewer assets for the party-militia. This project would require the total destruction of large numbers of villages and the permanent displacement of their inhabitants north to Beirut.

That is why the massacre at Qana occurred. The Israelis had bombed Qana 80 times. They were destroying all of its buildings. Therefore, of course, they destroyed the building where dozens of children and families were hiding. This tactic is both collective punishment and ethnic cleansing all at once. It is not only a matter, as the Israelis claim, of hitting Hizbullah rocket launchers. They are destroying all of the buildings.

...


http://www.juancole.com /
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:32 PM
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15. I'm on board and have been all along. Thanks for
the post, and thanks to everyone else who tried to get this out there.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:46 PM
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17. Thank you, too. Always glad to have another sister! (nt)
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:47 PM
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20. Thanks so much for posting this. K&R
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:59 PM
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21. Israel's shame.
:kick:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:03 AM
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