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Palestinian media attacks 'unlawful'
Published Thursday 20/12/2012 (updated) 21/12/2012 23:13
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Smoke and debris are seen after an Israeli airstrike on a building
housing media in Gaza City Nov. 18, 2012. (Reuters/Majdi Fathi)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's attacks on journalists and media facilities during its assault on Gaza in November violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

The attacks in mid-November killed two cameramen, wounded 10 employees of media organizations and caused serious damage to media and offices housing them.

Human Rights Watch says a detailed investigation found no evidence that the sites were being used for military objectives, despite such assertions by the Israeli army and government.

“Just because Israel says a journalist was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

“Journalists who praise Hamas and TV stations that applaud attacks on Israel may be propagandists, but that does not make them legitimate targets under the laws of war.”

Israel's military responded by saying it "acts in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, despite the ongoing deliberate violations and abuse of these laws by the terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip".

"The details of the events mentioned in the report are being checked," the military said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "Once this process is complete, we will be able to provide a comprehensive response."
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1 ) Believing the Best / Can be Wrong
20/12/2012 14:06
Just because Hamas "says a journalist was NOT a fighter, or a TV station was a command center does not make it so" either, even though the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch" wants to believe the Best of the dead.


2 ) but HAMAS FIRING ON RISHON / LETZION
20/12/2012 15:30
was OK

3 ) Mel / USA
20/12/2012 16:12
The world doesn't have to tolerate any Zionist crapspeak.It's all just recycled media-excrement! Hasbaric FILLER!
Recorded history of EurasianZionism & the routine barbaric policies of Zionist-led Israel,SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!And those truths are ALL evidence for the prosecution for 1)64YRS ofWAR CRIMES by an occupying military aided by state-laundered US taxes 2)racist/bigotted crimes against CIVILIAN peace & 3)torture,murder,cruel&constant punishment of OCCUPIED/BLOCKADED native ArabCIVILIANS!

4 ) Bob / Canada
20/12/2012 18:04
Just because Human Rights Watch says what it says, does not mean it is what it says

5 ) Hamas lions / USA
20/12/2012 20:43
Cowards zionists I'm itchin for Iran Israel showdown. The only path to peace is the destruction of Zionism/nazism just like end of ww2. Torah Jewry can live anywhere in all of Palestine from the river to the sea. One state for Jews,Christians,and Muslims. It is the only way.

6 ) Ray Hanania / USA
21/12/2012 01:27
I would trust Human Rights Watch before I would trust racist pro-Israel fanatics. Hopefully Israeli atrocities will be addressed at the International Criminal Court where Israeli officials belong.

7 ) @ Hamas-5 / USA too
21/12/2012 04:26
-a- There is ALREADY "One-State for Jews, Christians, Muslims", Druze, Bahai, etc., which is the STATE OF ISRAEL, and -b- Hamas' goal the "only path to peace is the destruction of Zionism", is the reason that a second state of Palestine, including Gaza & Areas A/B) will NOT be created !!

8 ) Ahavah (fr) / Il.
30/12/2012 21:15
#3: There are NO native arab civilians living in judea, samaria or gaza -- "... half of the [nonstate tribal arabs] are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis", so said one famous hamas spokesperson recently. #6: The ICC can sit in judgement only on UN member states who are signatories to the ICC. Get real 88!
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