Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hizbullah's deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians

Amnesty International Report
Hizbullah committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, amounting to war crimes, in its deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians during the recent conflict, according to a briefing published today by Amnesty International.
Combined with the organisation's earlier publication on Israel's targeting of Lebanese civilian infrastructure, the latest findings make clear the urgent need for the UN to establish a full and impartial investigation into violations committed by both sides in the conflict.During the month-long conflict, Hizbullah fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel, killing 43 civilians, seriously injuring 33 others and forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to take refuge in shelters or flee. Around a quarter of all rockets were fired directly into urban areas, including rockets packed with thousands of metal ball bearings. In meetings with Amnesty International, Hizbullah argued that its rocket attacks on northern Israel were a reprisal for Israeli attacks on civilians in Lebanon and were aimed at stopping such attacks."The scale of Hizbullah's attacks on Israeli cities, towns and villages, the indiscriminate nature of the weapons used, and statements from the leadership confirming their intent to target civilians, make it all too clear that Hizbullah violated the laws of war," said Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan."The fact that Israel has also committed serious violations in no way justifies violations by Hizbullah. Civilians must not be made to pay the price for unlawful conduct on either side."The briefing, Under fire - Hizbullah's attacks on northern Israel, is based on Amnesty International field research in Israel and Lebanon, interviews with victims, official statements, discussions with Israeli and Lebanese government officials and senior Hizbullah officials.Amnesty International's briefing includes evidence of:
Hizbullah's firing of some 900 inherently inaccurate Katyusha rockets into urban areas in northern Israel in clear violation of the principle of distinction between civilian and military targets under international law;
Hizbullah's use of modified Katyusha rockets packed with metal ball bearings, designed to inflict maximum death and injury; one such rocket killing eight railway workers;
Statements from Hasan Nasrallah and other senior Hizbullah leaders that the group intended to target civilians as a form of reprisal, violating the prohibition on direct attacks on civilians as well as the prohibition on reprisals against the civilian population;
The flight of civilians from northern Israel and the existence of shelters preventing a higher death toll than the 43 civilian fatalities recorded.
"In the conflict between Hizbullah and Israel, the suffering of civilians on both sides has been repeatedly ignored with those responsible escaping all accountability. Justice is urgently needed if respect for the rules of war is ever to be taken seriously -- and that means accountability for the perpetrators of war crimes and reparations for the victims," said Irene Khan.Amnesty International is calling for a comprehensive, independent and impartial inquiry to be urgently established by the UN into violations of international humanitarian law by both sides in the conflict. It should examine in particular the impact of this conflict on the civilian population, and should be undertaken with a view to holding individuals responsible for crimes under international law and ensuring that full reparation is provided to the victims. Further aspects of the war, including charges that Hizbullah used Lebanese civilians as a cover and attacks by Israeli forces that resulted in heavy civilian casualties, will be addressed in future publications.

For a copy of the briefing, Under fire - Hizbullah's attacks on northern Israel, please see: http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde020252006

26 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

WOW!!! Mrtez you found the key to shutting me up. I know my thanks or gratitude won't account for anything but what you did was remove the only thing I could combat, a one sided view. Posting this was not easy but it makes all of us look at both sides instead of just pointing the fingers at Israel or the US. People that come here and post keep saying that they're sick and tired of the US media down playing or ignoring the issues or reporting only one side. This site was guilty of the opposite issue. To bad you guys don't get the LA Times or the OC Reg, the stories in both hasn’t shied away from bashing the Israeli’s or neglecting the facts of the HZ responsibility in the war. For what it’s worth mrtez thanks for being fare and proving that what the HZ has done is wrong too.

As to responding to the questions from yesterday I am working on those, I am trying to make it simple enough for Coward and Bob to understand because it’s in a different way [economically] that I have helped and continue to help the United States and protect it.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Thanks, MRTEZ, for this article. Again, it allows us to aknowledge that there were victims on both sides. We must not forget the civilians in Northern Israel and that HZ did committ crimes.

This side, however, is known by most in the western world, especially the media. I think the focus on this website has been on the heneous crimes committed by Israel, only because many view their actions as justifiable, acceptable and in line with logic. As we have shown many times, this was not the case.

We do need balance, I agree. And, yes HZ was at fault as much as Israel. Nobody denies this. But,

How many of you want to bet that this Amnesty International report is picked up by the media, while the one critizing Israel of war crimes does not?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

WEll mrtez you did your part, you can lead a person to water but you can't make them drink. To die of thirst while staring at the flowing foutain. Thats how Rick, Coward and Doc will die.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

The magic trick of the Dems, change the topic quickly........ Someone may learn were idiots.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

i am not a democrat dude. Nobody denied the truth, nature and revalence of the post. HZ can kiss my ass.

I am talking about how the media will pick up on this like wild fire.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

They should too, just as much as possible. HZ is a terrorist organization. Israel is a Country. Big difference, if you have a beef against Israel you can go to the UN, the USA. If you have a beef with HZ where do you go, sho do you talk to about it. Most likley you can go to U-Iran or Sryia but they're both terrorits powers as well. Axis of Evil. HZ should be treated like the dogs they are. But my point was that on this site they have been given praise and glory.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

my my...still the sam that you are and will always be. you repeat only what fox news puts in your ear. if you just listen and open your eyes to the "real" world and circumstances, then you might think a bit harder about that. Israel is a terrorist country, according to definition the USA puts out. They just dont admit it. We are not giving praise and glory to HZ simply because we condone Israel. We also condone HZ. But nobody talks about the other side. There is NO justification for what Israel did. Doesnt mean we agree with what HZ did either. Big difference, I am sorry you will never be able to understand.

1:47 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I have no words execpt, you truley are an idiot Doc. It was baffeling but since your a leb terrorist too its understandable.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Bryansaid said...

Bravo Mrtez

4:23 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I thought I would see how active this blog is at night...... Very quiet

7:03 AM  
Blogger mrtez said...

sam,
i always told you that i am against any killing, especially of civilians. unfortunately, no one on your side of the world understands or sees the henious crimes of israel. they have continously targeted civilians not only during this war, but also for the past decade. anti-personal munitions, cluster bombs, phospohorous munitions, bunker busters. you name it, we've seen it. and i am attacking the moral stand that israel always attempts to take by saying they are right and we are wrong. "we are the justice makers and the lebanese are the terrorists". how can attacking a UN base in 1996 filled with innocent civilians and children be right? did you know that the soldier who fired at the base was arrested for 2 days for killing some 100 people? 2 days...
how is that right? how is it right that over 1 million cluster bomblets were fired on south lebanon?
today israelis can walk free in the northern part of their country, but lebanese cant even think about venturing into the open fields of the south without thinking for one second what might happen within a millisecond.
the IDF has committed enormous acts of war crimes over and over again. the state of israel has continously defied UN resolutions pinpointing them. and as long as this is not addressed, i am sorry to say that there will always be problems in this part of the world.
One cannot create a fictitious moral stand and then expect people to look up to them. Thats impossible. And this goes for the US policy and the israeli state.

11:03 AM  
Blogger dobegs said...

MRTEZ I dont agree with your comments above but look amazing that you finally felt the courage to post something against HZ!! thats one step forward in recognising that there are two sides and there are innocent civilians on both sides and at the same time though Israel can be blamed for commiting horrible acts..... you must also have the courage in you to criticize HZ IRAN and also your own politicians who has no control over your country.

the thing that is incredible is that you finally posted this independent report yet you couldnt even add any personal opinion at the top or bottom like you usually do for damming Israel posts....

still a brave step from you.... guess its not so easy for you guys in Lebanon to look at yourselves and take some responsibility... self criticism is so important but rarely found in the Arab world.

3:22 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

It's amazing, mrtez - how they just don't get it. Some wanted a "neutral" article about the cluster bombs and, while saying the cluster bombs shouldn't be used, denounced the headline of "one million" when "only" 1800 bombs were used (it was a million bomblets) The problem was the headline appeared to be an "intentional" misrepresentation that proved the writer was not "neutral"

Sam, of course, can say nothing good about anything - he and a couple of others aren't here for any particular reason other than to harass and listen to themselves spew filthy insults.

But now, when you publish this article, the commenters want you to say, "mea culpa" or "we are at least as bad as Israel."

I don't defend Hezbollah but I also don't condemn the organization as simply evil - they are no more "evil" than the IDF (a misnomer now, of course) The difference is in degree - Israel has all the modern weapons of war - and defense. Hezbollah and the people of south Lebanon have, apparently, some TOW antitank missiles whch clearly cannot be used offensively and the rockets. Hezbollah is attempting to defend a way of life as is Israel. Both sides hate each other - Hezbollah for the fact Israel took the land away upon which Israel was created and Israel for the fact Hezbollah wants them to leave that land. Thus, Israel says it will destroy Hezbollah, Hamas and any other persons it deems appropriate and Hezbollah and Hamas call for the destuction of Israel.

But Israel makes no effort to rationally change the situation. It could but it refuses. Now, interestingly, it intends to build something called a "tolerance museum" in Palestine. It will cost 200 million dollars and is intended to show how people can be "tolerant." While, of course, the tour buses and airplanes and jeeps for the "Ultimate Mission" await their passengers. And the IAF pilots with their cluster bombs and bunker busters await their next mission.

I applaud you for maintaining your equanimity through all this. It is beyond an outrage and demands the intervention of the "international community" to punish the war crimes committed in the name of "defense."

3:54 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Coward for once shut up, your points are fouled and remain one sided twoards terrorist. That not saying mrtez is but you are.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

like I said yesterday to Doc, Dem always want to change revert back to someone or something else. Oh wait thats a Coward tactic.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

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4:12 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Hey stupid I mean Coward, so everyone here has shown who they are in an open forum. Why haven’t you Coward? It’s okay your going to respond, “ya but Sam I gave you that form to fill out and return. I know it makes me coward like a pussy but most people here are to slow to see me for what I am”. Come tell me again how brave you were oh I mean are.

4:23 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

Everyone sees you for what you are, "sam" - a lying, filth spewing, uncouth, sick joke. And each time you say something, you reinforce your image.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Can someone with a bit of wit tell me what the hell Sam is talking about? He is the one that is always changing the subject, and has nothing ever intelligent to say. Poor guy.

Once and for all, this website is not about political tendencies (Reps vs Dems) nor is it about religion (Islam vs. Christianity, etc) nor is it about supporting HZ against Israel nor is about Arabs vs the West nor is it about terrorists vs the "good". That's what FOX news wants you to believe. black and white...I defeat all those by saying: I live in the West, am 100% Lebanese, am not Arab, an not muslim and and hate HZ. Needless to say, we (as the public) will not let the IDF or its supporters off the hook and we will hold them accountable for their heinous crimes (at least in this round of the conflict). The more light we shed on the situation --i.e. the truth--the more others will begin to understand the situation and context of those living in the middle east.

I agree with Mrtez...there is a double standard that very few are acknowledging. Even those citizens living within Israel were appalled at the IDF conduct. And yes, HCB, HZ is not any more "evil" than the IDF. They defend their land, their people and their way of life, and we call them evil? Now, am I talking about Israel or HZ?

6:53 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

As hoped for, the clouds are parting and the sky is clearing. A light is finally being shone on Bush and his crowd by four republican senators and his former secretary of state, Colin Powell (who, of course, was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the first Iraq invasion.)

Look at the lead article on MSNBC about Bush's proposed legislative limiting of the Geneva conventions and the response by the Senate. Here are a couple paragraphs to give the flavor:

Bush is taking questions a day after a Senate Committee rejected his pleas that legislation on foreign terrorists allow CIA interrogators to use tough methods.

Instead, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 15-9 to endorse an alternative bill by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain that would protect the rights of foreign terrorism suspects.

McCain, Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham made up the core of the rebellion against Bush and engineered the vote despite a personal visit by the president to Congress on Thursday.

Powell, Bush's previous secretary of state, said in a letter to McCain Thursday that Bush’s proposal to redefine the Geneva Conventions would encourage the world to “doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism” and “put our own troops at risk.”

Hours after Bush went to Capitol Hill to urge fellow Republicans to back his proposals for military commissions to put terrorism suspects on trial, the Senate committee approved its own bill, which it said would meet demands made by the U.S. Supreme Court in striking down Bush’s original plan.

Thoughtful Americans will press the issue and, ultimately, the true goodness of most Americans will prevail. Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld will be shown as the incompetent fear mongers they are and, perhaps, sanity will reign.

7:13 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

The last paragraph is mine - not part of the quote from MSNBC.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Gee I guess youmake the rules Doc, once and for all...... Get real.

As for Coward, I have done everything asked of me and you are the one that is failing my sad old fart Cowardly person. I'll keep posting and you'll keep yacking away about stuff that makes you look like the hack you are. Do you know what hack means Howard, you admit to it eveyday. Did mommy not show you enough attention while you were growing up?

7:26 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Wow thats a shocker, something from Coward oh wait it was of course followed by his post of other peoples works.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Hey Coward, your new name is Stains. You even make the word Coward look bad. So from now on your just Stains.

Your the result of a father that got mixed up on which hole to put it into. Ass sex ='s Stains!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Heir Stains and his little Neo Nazi's! I bet you guys all cheer for Hilter and what he did. Do you sit and dream that someone will come along and finish the job. Come Satains you know it's true. Go goose step with the rest of the Anti Semites you met in Germany.

7:35 PM  
Blogger rafiek said...

im sorry, i dont care much for the feelings of those people who CHOSE to build there houses on land that they knew werent theres. Hezbollah firing rockets at israel is an "eye for an eye". You kill my child, my brother, my mother, my father. I will take yours as well. My heart goes out for the innocent, and maybe because im not part of the conflict, i know that israel was wrong! they were given the time to "talk", hezbollah waited for that before firing. The zionist time is nearly at an end.

5:34 PM  

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