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Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

by Stephen Lendman Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 4:23 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

by Stephen Lendman

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said so. Rarely does HRW do the right thing. Exceptions prove the rule. Most often it's a reliable imperial partner.

Connections in high places and corporate funding keep it that way. Services rendered in return are expected. Conflicts of interest are rife.

HRW and likeminded sources followers rely on operate like their scoundrel media counterparts. They do it deceptively. They produce one-sided or quasi-real reports on issues mattering most.

Exceptions occur. Even then they fall far short. On February 12, HRW headlined "Israel: Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War." More on its report below.

International laws of war are clear. They unambiguous. UN Charter provisions explain under what conditions attacking another nation is justified. No others apply.

Article 2(3) and Article 33(1) require peaceful settlement of international disputes. Article 2(4) prohibits force or its threatened use.

Article 51 allows the "right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member....until the Security Council has taken measures to maintain international peace and security."

Justifiable self-defense is permissible. Articles 2(3), 2(4), and 33 prohibit unilaterally threatening or using force not allowed under Article 51, authorized by the Security Council, or, in the case of America, constitutionally permitted.

Three General Assembly resolutions prohibit non-consensual belligerent intervention. They include:

(1) The 1965 Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty.

(2) The 1970 Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in Accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

(2) The 1974 Definition of Aggression.

Washington spurns international, constitutional, and US statute laws with impunity. So does Israel. Doing so constitutes "the supreme international crime against peace." It exceeds all other high crimes and wrongdoing.

On November 14, Operation Pillar of Cloud began. Israel launched premeditated aggression on Gaza. It wasn't the first time.

Aggressive wars reflect longstanding policy. Israel's resume includes decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

HRW stopped short of explaining. Data cited grossly understated Israeli terror bombing. It raged for eight days. Dozens of attacks occurred daily. Hamas and other resistance groups responded defensively. International law permits doing so.

Palestinian deaths exceeded 160. Numbers injured topped 1,000. Some harmed later died. Most victims were noncombatant men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm.

Israel considers them legitimate targets. Rogue states operate that way. Israel is one of the worst. It violates fundamental international law. It does so unaccountably.

It claims a divine right to kill, main, displace, and destroy. It takes full advantage.

It steals Palestinian land for Jews. It punishes them collectively. It does so for praying to the wrong God. It's been that way for decades.

Pillar of Cloud ended. Institutionalized persecution continues. So do multiple daily community incursions, attacks on nonviolent Palestinians, arrests, detentions and torture.

HRW left unexplained what's most important. It understated Pillar of Cloud crimes. It said Israeli "airstrikes killed at least 43 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children."

It grossly understated civilian deaths and injuries. It said little about mass destruction. Why it has to explain. It said 14 drone or other aircraft strikes had no legitimate military targets.

"In four other cases, attacks may have targeted Palestinian fighters, but appeared to use indiscriminate means or caused disproportionate harm to civilians."

Virtually every attack caused civilian deaths. Many children perished. HRW didn't explain.

From November 14 - 21, "Israeli forces too often conducted airstrikes that killed Palestinian civilians and destroyed homes in Gaza without apparent legal justification."

Drones and fixed-wing aircraft were used. Hamas and other resistance groups responded defensively. It's their legitimate right to do so.

Not according to HRW.

"Palestinian armed groups launched hundreds of inherently indiscriminate rockets against Israeli population centers in violation of the laws of war," it said.

"Whatever the weapon used and the conduct of the other side, the laws of war are applicable and parties to the conflict are obliged to respect them."

Palestinians observe what Israelis spurn. On November 14, Israel murdered Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari. It did so in cold blood.

Hours before his assassination, he concluded a draft truce agreement. Ways for establishing ceasefires in case of future flare-ups were included.

Jabari worked with Egypt for permanent peace. Israel murdered him to prevent it. Peace, stability, and Palestinian unity defeat its agenda. Conflict and violence are prioritized.

Jabari prevented previous attacks on Israel. When rockets were launched, open spaces were targeted to avoid Israeli casualties.

HRW leaves inconvenient facts unexplained. It criticized Israeli lawlessness. It cited attacks on non-military targets and civilians. It didn't go far enough. It fell far short.

It named names of Palestinian victims. Included were a three-year old boy, a 79-year old man, a 14-year old girl, a farmer and his nephew, a 28-year old woman, a father and his two children aged two and four, and a woman and four children, among others.

Gaza City's hospital was struck. So were other civilian targets. Doing so was unrelated to military necessity. Electricity, water, and other services were lost.

"The laws of war prohibit attacks in which the expected loss of civilian life and property exceeds the anticipated military gain," said HRW.

"An aerial bomb may (or may not) have targeted a member of Hamas' armed wing." A family house was destroyed.

A father's wife and 17-year old brother were killed. Six other siblings were wounded.

"Parties to a conflict have an obligation under the laws of war to take all feasible precautions to reduce the risk to civilians."

Israel makes no distinction. Civilians are treated like combatants. Everyone is fair game. Official Israeli policy mandates mass killing.

Dalu family members suffered most. Israel attacked their home. Twelve deaths followed. Rogue states don't say they're sorry.

They plan other attacks and kill again. They do so with impunity. They cause disproportionate civilian deaths and destruction.

They inflict enormous human misery. They whitewash investigations when conducted. They mock rule of law principles.

HRW said the "burden is on the Israeli military to show that attacks killing large numbers of civilians were lawful."

Naked aggression is illegal. HRW didn't explain. Instead it said "attacks with no apparent military objective" aren't legitimate. None are justified when conducted lawlessly.

HRW deserves credit for saying Israel violated the laws of war. Stopping short of full disclosure marred its report. Palestinians deserve much better. They've waited for too long for justice.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
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