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- 01:18pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (#
5480 of 5482)
America puts $10m per day into Israel ...
Israel charged with war crimes: Amnesty report
TEL AVIV, Nov 4: Amnesty International accused Israel on
Monday of committing war crimes during its invasion of the
West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin between April and June.
An Amnesty report, entitled "Shielded from Scrutiny: IDF
violations in Jenin and Nablus", demanded that Israel and the
international community investigate those responsible, no
matter how high their position in power.
It charged that between last April and June the Israeli
army killed civilians, tortured prisoners, used civilians as
human shields, destroyed homes and blocked humanitarian aid to
"Amnesty International believes that some of the acts by
the IDF (Israeli army) described in this report amount to
grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are war
crimes," it says.
The rights watchdog called for "a full, thorough,
transparent and impartial investigation into all allegations
of violations of international human rights and humanitarian
Javier Zuniga, Amnesty's international director of regional
strategy, said Israel should accept responsibility for its
actions and cooperate with an investigation into the army's
conduct during the spring offensive.
"The culpability goes from the soldier who shot somebody
with no necessity to those in the line of the command who
ordered or condoned or covered up and to the highest authority
of the state because they are politically responsible - that
would be the prime minister," said Zuniga. But Zuniga, one of
the authors of the report, added: "We are not a court of law
... The first thing that has to happen is a proper judicial
investigation and this has not happened yet."
The report came out just two days after Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon named as his defence minister former
army chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, who headed the military's
six-week occupation of the West Bank.
The left-wing Meretz party called for Mofaz's appointment
to be delayed until a full government inquiry had been carried
out on the Amnesty charges.
The report was also critical of the UN probe into the
fighting in Jenin, which began when the army entered the town
and barred access to humanitarian groups from April 4 to 15.
The 31-page UN report, released by UN Secretary General
Kofi Annan on Aug 1, said no widespread killing occurred in
Jenin, after the Jewish state blocked an on-the-scene
investigation and withheld.
In April, Palestinian officials accused Israel of
massacring between 300 and 500 people. Although that charge
has been discounted, Amnesty says 54 Palestinians were killed
in the fighting in Jenin, many of them civilians.
The Jenin toll includes "seven women, four children and six
men over the age of 55. Six people had been crushed by
houses", it added.
Amnesty said that without a visit to the scene or
cooperation from Israel, "The secretary general's report on
Jenin cannot be a substitute for a full, independent,
impartial and thorough investigation or inquiry."
In Nablus, Amnesty said at least 80 people were killed in
April, including seven women and nine children under the age
"The IDF ill-treated and sometimes tortured detainees
arrested in mass roundups of males between 15 and 45 years
old," it added.
In one case, the report chronicles the beating of a
25-year-old man in a wheelchair who was taken into detention
and pushed down a stairwell.
Last week Amnesty's US-based equivalent Human Rights Watch
called Palestinian bombers "war criminals" and said the
Palestinian Authority (PA) bore heavy responsibility for not
stopping them. -AFP http://www.dawn.com/2002/11/05/int1.htm
- 01:23pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (#
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Not to condone violence ... but ... it was put to the board
in International law an occupied State (Palestine) under
conventions of war might use whatever means to remove
Conversely a State such as Isreal has to protect the
'rights' of those under it's subjection. So in strict
international law - are Palestinian bombers 'war' criminals?
Seems the world would be a whole lot better off without WAR
- wasting accumulated resources!
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