Israel 'Violated Laws of War': Rights Group
Human Rights Watch says it targeted media in Gaza conflict
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2012 8:59 AM CST
Smoke and a ball of fire are seen after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

(Newser) – Israel broke the laws of war by targeting media facilities and journalists "that were making no apparent contribution to Palestinian military operations" during its November offensive against Gaza, Human Rights Watch argues in a statement released today. The group recorded four attacks by Israeli forces over the eight-day conflict that killed two Palestinian cameraman, injured 10 media members, and destroyed four media offices; a 2-year-old living adjacent to a targeted building died as well.

"Just because Israel says a journalist was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so," says the Mideast director of HRW. The Israeli military insists all of its attacks were "in accordance with the laws of armed conflict," reports the AP. The journalist advocacy group Reporters Without Borders yesterday reported that 2012 has been the deadliest year on record for journalists, with 88 killed around the world, largely because of conflicts in Syria, Pakistan, and Somalia. That's up by a third over last year, notes al-Jazeera.

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texron
Dec 24, 2012 10:44 AM CST
God bless the US and Israel !!!
joeythes
Dec 22, 2012 7:28 AM CST
Of course, Hamas firing rockets into civilian targets is not mentioned by the HRW. And they would have killed many many more if Israel had not taken out their rocket storage facilities loaded with expensive, long range rockets supplied by Iran and others. As for the 'Rules of War', top Western military have said on record that Israel is the most compassionate army in the history of warfare (quote). Not once has Israel - not once - called for the destruction of any Arab nation or people. You cannot say the same for the Arabs, who call for Israel's destruction continually. Bottom line, when people are firing rockets at your citizens, they should be taken out. If Israel is guilty of anything, it is for being soft on the 'Palestinians'. (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said that the Palestinian people do not exist' and who should know better?) "“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. " HIs words, not mine, and thankfully, Israeli's do believe him.
Tology
Dec 21, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Israel is the new world Nazi Party.