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    Human Rights Watch: Gaza terrorists committed war crimes during November conflict

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    Published: 12.24.12, 10:41 / Israel News

    Palestinian armed groups in Gaza violated the laws of war during the November conflict by launching hundreds of rockets toward population centers in Israel, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday.

    According to the IDF, some 1,500 rockets were fired at Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense. At least 800 struck Israel, including 60 that hit populated areas.

    The rocket attacks, including the first from Gaza to strike the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas, killed three Israeli civilians, wounded at least 38, several seriously, and destroyed civilian property.

    "Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW. "There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas."

    The rights group said that under international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, civilians and civilian structures may not be subject to deliberate attacks or attacks that do not discriminate between civilians and military targets.

    "Anyone who commits serious laws-of-war violations intentionally or recklessly is responsible for war crimes," it stated.

    HRW said it interviewed witnesses, victims, and relatives of people killed and injured by rocket attacks in Israel, as well as Israeli officials from two communities struck by rockets, and a spokesperson for the Israeli emergency medical services.

    The organization said its research in Gaza found that armed groups "repeatedly fired rockets from densely populated areas, near homes, businesses, and a hotel, unnecessarily placing civilians in the vicinity at grave risk from Israeli counter-fire."

    HRW said the Palestinian terror groups that are known to have launched rockets at Israel Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Islamic Jihad's Saraya al-Quds Brigades, and the Popular Resistance Committee's Nasser Salahaddin Brigades at times said that their attacks targeted civilians or they sought to justify the attacks by calling them reprisals for Israeli attacks that killed civilians in Gaza.

    "The laws of war prohibit reprisal attacks against civilians, regardless of unlawful attacks by the other side," HRW said. "Statements by armed groups that they deliberately targeted an Israeli city or Israeli civilians are demonstrating their intent to commit war crimes."

    The rights group urged Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, to uphold the laws of war and "appropriately punish those responsible for serious violations."

    The rockets launched by Palestinian groups "cannot be aimed precisely enough to target military objectives in or near civilian areas," Human Rights Watch said.

    "Under the laws of war, such weapons are therefore indiscriminate when used against targets in population centers. The absence of Israeli military forces in the areas where rockets hit, as well as statements by leaders of Palestinian armed groups that population centers were being targeted, indicate that the armed groups deliberately attacked Israeli civilians and civilian objects."

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    Re: Human Rights Watch: Gaza terrorists committed war crimes during November conflict

    Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups never hesitate to target civilians. They never have. They have become so used to using their own women and children as meat shields, and hiding themselves in civilian populated areas (deliberately) that they think its perfectly normal to target Israeli civilians in that way.

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    Re: Human Rights Watch: Gaza terrorists committed war crimes during November conflict

    Neither do they shy from murdering their own civilians, or rather the opposition. Tossing people off of buildings in the final tally of the Palestinian elections a while back is a rather grim testimony to that fact. Given their overall proclivity to engage in fratricide, I say encourage it, facilitate it, and exploit it. Once Hamas is done with the PLO, AQ is right there to work on Hamas.

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    Re: Human Rights Watch: Gaza terrorists committed war crimes during November conflict

    I suggest reading the book "Because They Hate" by Bridgette Gabrielle to get a glimpse of their mindset. Gabrielle, a Lebanese Christian (who fled to America in her young 20's), lived half her childhood in a bomb-shelter thanks to Muslim/Palestinian terror. Whoever says the occupation of Lebanon began in 1982 has NO clue what they are talking about.

    A little bit off subject (although not by much), but whoever believes the Israel/Arab conflict is over land or that Muslim terror against America (and the rest of the West) is due to foreign policy needs to read this book.
    "Study astronomy and physics if you desire to comprehend the relation between the world and G-d's management of it." - RaMBaM (Maimonides), Guide For The Perplexed

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