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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein

A constellation of left-wing and Palestinian groups have called for an investigation of Israeli actions during Operation Protective Edge, with a clear suggestion that IDF soldiers committed war crimes while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

In a release dated August 6, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) criticised Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who has refused to investigate IDF actions over the past month. “The attorney general’s response does not explain how repeatedly attacking civilian targets such as homes, schools and markets, or attacking essential civilian infrastructure such as electricity and water, is consistent with the basic duty to target military objectives alone and in accordance with the principle of proportionality – as was written by Weinstein himself,” the statement said.

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In the midst of the fighting, on July 21, the organizations sent a letter to Weinstein calling Israel’s actions in the Shuja’iya neighborhood on July 20 “disturbing”, noting the deaths of at least 17 children and 14 women. The letter also noted “that some of the civilians were killed while attempting to flee the area of the battle,” but does not contain any mention of the possibility that Hamas killers were responsible for blocking the civilians’ escape from the battle field.

To be fair, the group took care to note IDF claims that 140 rockets were fired from Shuja’iya into Israel during the first three weeks of the fighting, and that ten tunnel openings were located. Still, the finds were not good enough to satisfy ACRI: “The IDF Spokesperson did not explain how action against these military targets or the combat itself justifies such broad and deadly military action against an entire civilian neighborhood and its residents,” the letter said.

In addition, today’s statement noted that “suspicions regarding the legality of orders and commands must be independently, seriously and effectively investigated. A democratic nation must be held accountable to itself and to its citizens on these critical issues,” indicating clear suspicion that Israeli soldiers intentionally murdered Palestinian civilians during the month-long mini-war.

Steven Beck, an ACRI spokesman, disagreed. In a phone interview with The Jewish Press, Beck stressed that the organizations were not accusing Israel of war crimes, but added that the (large number of Palestinian civilian deaths) were cause for Israel to investigate IDF actions.

Notably, all 10 organizations on the petition to AG Weinstein – B’tselem, Gisha, ACRI, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, Hamoked – Center for the Defence of the Individual, Yesh Din, Adalah, Machsom Watch, Rabbis for Human Rights and Physicians for Human Rights – are all radical anti-Israel organizations financed by foreign donations, including by the European Union and the Norwegian Government.

There is no indication at present that Adallah, Gisha or Physicians for Human Rights – all joint Israeli-Palestinian NGOs – have called for an investigation of Hamas activity during the war.

 

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35 COMMENTS

  1. After all the photos of Hamas importing dead bodies to fit up picture of so called atrocities and film of Hamas setting off rockets from civilian areas I’d say these people have a damned fucking nerve to want to investigate Israel

  2. Then we know who heads up that organization don’t we. There are none so blind as them that will not see. The war crimes are on the heads of Hamas. There is not too much more that Israel could have done to get the Palastinians out of the way, then the leaflets, phone calls, and announcements over radio.

  3. This is amongst many to come is the first slap in the face for Israel who in no way is found to be guilty of any war crimes ! Hamas on the other side of the story has committed so many war crimes , the no 1 being using human shields no.2 being not allowing innocent civilians the right to evacuate Gaza Hamas say’s that anyone who wants to evacuate is a Traitor and receives the sentence of being Hung !

  4. Didn’t hear a peep out of them when IDF was protecting and saving them. So now they wine – give them a little cheese with that wine, and reintroduce them to the realities of what it is to live ( and die ) for Shalom, and the freedom they have in being ABLE to bitch, without dying for it.

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