Human Rights Watch: IDF violated laws of war by attacking journalists in Gaza


Two Palestinian cameramen were killed and at least 10 media personnel were wounded during Operation Pillar of Defense; IDF has no comment on rights group’s claim.


Israel’s killing of two Palestinian journalists and attacks on media facilities during its Gaza offensive last month violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Two cameramen working for al-Aqsa TV, a station affiliated with Gaza’s Hamas-run government, were killed by Israeli airstrikes on their car on Nov. 20.

Israeli planes also bombed a tower block housing many of Gaza’s local and international media offices, in attacks that Israel said at the time targeted the communications infrastructure and personnel of militant groups.

“Just because Israel says a journalist was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so,” Sarah Leah Witson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement released by the New York-based organization.

“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,” she said.

Human Rights Watch said at least 10 media workers were wounded in attacks on three buildings housing media facilities.

A two-year-old boy who lived across the street from one of the buildings was killed, the organization added.

Commenting on the group’s statement, the Israeli military said it “acts in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, despite the ongoing deliberate violations and abuse of these laws by the terrorist organizations 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.”

Some 170 Palestinian and six Israelis were killed during the offensive that Israel launched with the declared aim of curbing cross-border rocket fire.

  1. #1 by Warren Madigan on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    Israeli racist supremacist Jews are Alpha Terrorists and don’t deserve to feel the sun. They are the absolute scum of the human species, descended from Neanderthals.

  2. #2 by Darwin26 on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    When will someone/they vaporize this Zionist pig menace to the world?

  3. #3 by Free Will on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    Israel is above human laws, the follow gods law that they read in their holy books. So just because some goyim think they made some laws protecting human rights those that read from the Torah care not. Who are you to tell a Jew what the law is? Shut the hell up goy and get back to being a slave and paying taxes to the Jewish banking system!

    How do they get away with it? Because the goyim idiots also read and believe from the Jewish holy books, the goyim believe in the Jewish god, the goyim worship the Jewish god, the goyim pile into churches every Saturday or Sunday and sing praises to the Jewish god. This is racial and genetic suicide.

    As an outsider to this worship I see this mass insanity a whole lot differently than most. If we take the ficticious god out of the equation then where is all that psychic energy going when Christians sing hosannas to the Lord? It goes to the Jews and that energy is powerful because it is a group effort, the minds are aligned when they sing.

    Dispelling the false beliefs we can cut through the fog and see that Christians, the gentle gentile peoples, have been conned into worship the Jews, sending them all their divine energy. Christianity is such a powerful spell that millions of devotees give up sex to be missionaries and spread the word of Jew planet wide. Unbelievable, they give up their basic primal instincts in order to get to a unproved heaven in the unproved next life.

    This emotional enlistment is why it is so hard to fight the Jews, and why we get so much resistance from behind the lines. The Jews are so very lazy but very clever, they have billions of people of every ethnicity working for them sending them all of their energy, not just in taxes to the Jewish parasite banksters but also the psychic energy you voluntarily send to the Jewish hell gods.

    Its the end of 2012, time to wake up and graduate from hell, its time to dump Christianity and free yourself physically, energetically, and psychically from the Jews.

  4. #4 by rehmat1 on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    Don’y forget, the Human Right Watch is a Jewish HR front. Last week it fired one of its Jewish director, professor Richard Falk for supporting Hamas against Israel.

    Dr. Richard Anderson Falk (born 1930) was fired as director of the US-based Human Right Watch (HRW) on December 17, 2012 without proper notification. It was the result of a letter sent to Kenneth Roth (Jewish), executive director HRW by Hillel C. Neuer, executive director UN Watch, an Israeli advocay group based in Geneva.

    On December 17, 2012 Hillel C. Neuer (Jewish) wrote: “We are shocked to discover that Richard Falk – the U.N. official whose antisemitic remarks and 9/11 conspiracy theories have been condemned by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay – is a board member of your organization. By legitimizing this racist and enemy of human rights, your organization undermines its own founding principles. We urge you to remove him immediately.”

    Calling Richard Falk “antisemitic” is so funny considering Dr. Falk is Jewish himself! Incidently, Dr. Falk, too, suffer from ‘antisemitic virus’. On December 13, in response to my comment on his blog, he wrote: “Rehmat: I almost discarded your comment because of the anti-Semetic overtones of ‘Jew intellectuals.’ I refrained because the substance of your remarks were valuable, and I thought maybe it was an innocent mistake of usage, the appropriate form of which would be ‘Jewish intellectuals.’ I hope that you appreciate the distinction. Best, Richard.”

  5. #5 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    I agree with you #3Free Will. Very much on target.

  6. #6 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    rehmat1, you’re right! That occurred to me while reading this Article. Is’nt that organization (UNHRW) funded by George Soros?

  7. #7 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Richard Falk joins the ranks of Cynthia McKinney, Norman Finklestein, Helen Thomas, Jimmy Carter, et al that had their character smeared & in most cases their careers obliterated. They show their naked power, while saying we’re the real victim, did you forget?

    I don’t get the distinction, unless they’re speaking etiquette.

  8. #8 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    #3 — thank you for the excellent post Free Will. and #4 Rehmat, – thnx also for information & your thoughts on Mr. Falk, also your link.

    Everyone seems to be in bed with the Jewish Lobby or their sayans, keeping we the ordinary folks in confusion, until we learn to recognize their ploys & completely zionist hasbara and crimes against all gentiles.

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