HRW: Israel’s Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon

Human Rights Watch produced a 53 page report on Israel’s atrocities and violations in Lebanon.
Following are excerpts from the summary of the report:

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.

The Israeli government claims that it targets only Hezbollah, and that fighters from the group are using civilians as human shields, thereby placing them at risk. Human Rights Watch found no cases in which Hezbollah deliberately used civilians as shields to protect them from retaliatory IDF attack. Hezbollah occasionally did store weapons in or near civilian homes and fighters placed rocket launchers within populated areas or near U.N. observers, which are serious violations of the laws of war because they violate the duty to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties. However, those cases do not justify the IDF’s extensive use of indiscriminate force which has cost so many civilian lives. In none of the cases of civilian deaths documented in this report is there evidence to suggest that Hezbollah forces or weapons were in or near the area that the IDF targeted during or just prior to the attack. Rest of the summary…

The full report can be found here. It contains the following:

4 comments

  1. SammyJames · · Reply

    Moussa:Hey man. I know that technically I’m supposed to be commenting on your current article, but I feel like talking about other things. For instance, CNN is still showing Ur-Shalim on TV! Cool, huh? The other thing is that I have done a lot of thinking about this, and I’ve decided that the real reason why Israel is doing this is that they are trying to expand. It isn’t like they’ve never done that, you know. They might want to try to wipe out enough Lebanese people from the south, occupy the land with their military, and then start putting more of those dreaded “kibbutzes” all over the place.I wouldn’t be surprised. And I would be angry about that thought if I were Lebanese.Go Lebanon! Go Moorish power!!! Go Arabia!!! GO, GO, GO!!!– Sammy

  2. Dr Victorino de la Vega · · Reply

    Hi there,Read < HREF="http://www.exile.ru/2006-July-28/a_hezbollah_upon_all_of_thee.html" REL="nofollow"><>this article<><> by Gary Brecher on the Lebanese-Israeli warPowerful stuff

  3. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    Please keep yourself safe as bombs fall in the night. News reports indicate heavy bombing, even outside the area of Hezballah strongholds.

  4. Sophia · · Reply

    Moussa,I have got this call for a boycott of Israel which I signed already. Can you spread the word among bloggers and journalists ?http://www.thedubailife.com/index.php/main/content/582And here is another call for a boycott:http://thumbsnap.com/v/oO4l2mLa.gif

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