According the the Jerusalem Post the Group Human Rights Watch (HRW) the Palestinian Terror Groups Fatah and Hamas are using their US arms and EU monies to commit war crimes against each other. This is no major surprise, the true surprise is that the Anti-Israel HRW hasn’t as of yet found a way to blame Israel for the war crimes:
Palestinians comitting war crimes’ JPost.com Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST
Jun. 13, 2007 Armed Palestinian groups have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law during recent fighting in the Gaza Strip, in some cases amounting to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday morning.
In internal Palestinian fighting over the last three days, both Fatah and Hamas armed forces have summarily executed captives, killed people not involved in hostilities, and engaged in gun battles with one another inside and near Palestinian hospitals.
The last point should not be considered a War Crime…its more like a concerted effort fight global warming. The ambulances don’t have to use gas to pick up the injured. Now they can concentrate on their first priority to use the ambulances as a way of getting the terrorists into Israel.
“These attacks by both Hamas and Fatah constitute brutal assaults on the most fundamental humanitarian principles,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for Human Rights Watch. “The murder of civilians not engaged in hostilities and the willful killing of captives are war crimes, pure and simple.”
I think that the JPOST must have left out the last line. What HRH meant to say was, “The murder of Non-Israeli civilians not engaged in hostilities and the willful killing of captives are war crimes, pure and simple.”
On Saturday, Palestinian terrorists from Islamic Jihad and the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade used a vehicle with a “TV” insignia to attack an Israeli military position on the border with Gaza. “Using a vehicle with press markings to carry out a military attack is a serious violation of the laws of war, and it also puts journalists at risk,” said Whitson.
That could have been solved if the vehicle was labeled CNN or BBC instead of the generic “TV” since everyone knows that neither of those organizations have anything to do with Journalism.
Customary international humanitarian law provides that journalists not taking direct part in hostilities in armed conflict zones “shall be considered as civilians.” The deliberate abuse of this protected status in order to breach the confidence of an adversary in an attempt to kill, injure or capture them, would amount to an act of perfidy, a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
Unless of course they are Israeli citizens as HRW considers them fair game.
The Palestinian Journalists Union on Sunday criticized the use by armed factions of press insignia in a statement: “The use of vehicles that carry ‘Press,’ ‘TV’ or other signs … exposes journalists’ lives to danger, gives the Israeli occupation a pretext to target and kill journalists and restricts their ability to perform their professional and national duties. We demand all parties stop using these methods.”
OH Come on guys why would Israel do that—we control the media, don’t you remember?
On Sunday, Hamas military forces captured 28-year-old Muhammad Swairki, a cook for President Mahmoud Abbas’s presidential guard, and executed him by throwing him to his death, with his hands and legs tied, from a 15-story apartment building in Gaza City. Later that night, Fatah military forces shot and captured Muhammad al-Ra’fati, a Hamas supporter and mosque preacher, and threw him from a Gaza City high-rise apartment building. On Monday, Hamas military forces attacked the home in Beit Lahiya of Jamal Abu al-Jadiyan, a senior Fatah official, captured him, and executed him on the street with multiple gunshots. On Tuesday, there were reports of additional killings of individuals not involved in hostilities.
Hamas responded by saying, “Hey that cook couldn’t make a decent cup of in the morning and that Preacher, heck we were doing him a favor. Do you know how hard it is to find a good high rise apartment in Gaza.”
In addition, Fatah and Hamas forces engaged in battles in and around two Gaza Strip hospitals on Monday. After Hamas fighters killed Fatah intelligence officer Yasir Bakar, Fatah gunmen began firing mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, drawing Hamas fire from inside the building, killing one Hamas and one Fatah fighter. At a hospital in Beit Hanun, three family members with ties to Fatah, `Id al-Masri and his sons, Farij and Ibrahim, were killed, and others wounded. Hospital officials reported that the three were being treated for injuries sustained earlier. One was reportedly shot at close range.
In the hospital—Look at that energy savings–I bet this makes Al Gore’s next movie.
All parties engaged in armed conflict are subject to customary international humanitarian law, which forbids deliberate harming of civilians and those who are not engaged in armed hostilities at the time, Human Rights Watch said. International humanitarian law also provides special protection to medical personnel and hospitals. Military and civilian hospitals and medical units must be protected and respected in all circumstances.
But of course the Palestinian use of ambulances to schlep terrorists into Israel is perfectly cool according to HRW.