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'Hizbullah committing war crimes' (Human Rights Watch finally notices)
JPost.com ^ | 8/5/2006 | JPOST.COM STAFF

Posted on 08/05/2006 8:55:43 AM PDT by Dark Skies

Hizbullah must immediately stop firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

"Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war."

"Most of the attacks appear to have been directed at civilian areas and have hit pedestrians, hospitals, schools, homes and businesses," the humanitarian organization's website stated.

Since July 12, when Hizbullah captured two IDF soldiers and killed eight, Human Rights Watch researchers have been documenting the war's impact on civilians in Israel and Lebanon, interviewing the witnesses and survivors of attacks, as well as doctors, emergency workers, police, military and government officials.

"Hizbullah must stop using the excuse of Israeli misconduct to justify its own," said Roth.

The organization's Web site recognized that northern Israel had come to a virtual standstill because of Hizbullah's rockets, which were "exacting an enormous human and economic toll."

"Under international humanitarian law - also known as the laws of war - parties to an armed conflict must not make the civilian population the object of attack, or fire indiscriminately into civilian areas. Nor can they launch attacks that they know will cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects that exceeds the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. Such attacks constitute war crimes," the site explained.

"Several medical and educational institutes have sustained damage from Katyusha attacks." Human Rights Watch researchers visited hospitals in Nahariya and Safed after they were hit.

At Nahariya Hospital, rockets had been landing near the hospital since July 12, a hospital spokesperson said. "There are no military bases around here; nothing military at all," he said. "I believe they know perfectly well they are firing at a hospital."

"In the absence of troops or military assets inside, hospitals must never be attacked," Human Rights Watch said. "Deliberately attacking them is a war crime."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: finally; hizbullah; humanrights; humanrightswatch; israel; warcrimes; wot

1 posted on 08/05/2006 8:55:44 AM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Dark Skies

Not news. They have been setting up innocent civilians (or should I say non-terrorists) to be killed for their own political purposes to enrage the duped of the world, via the liberal MSM, as to "how cruel and bad Israel is". Sorry Hezzies - we have your number.


2 posted on 08/05/2006 8:58:48 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Dark Skies
"Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth

And so is the standard Hezbo practice of firing rockets from civilian areas -- using civilians as "human shields."

....but there's no mention of that by Roth and his group.

3 posted on 08/05/2006 8:59:53 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Dark Skies

I can just hear the Hezzies', Iranians' and Syrians' lawyer: "If, according to the Koran, all Jews must die, then the Hezbollah has committed no war crime."


4 posted on 08/05/2006 9:00:46 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Dark Skies
"Hizbullah must stop using the excuse of Israeli misconduct to justify its own," said Roth.

Two points.

First, Hiz started this.

Second, Hiz is also committing war crimes by launching military attacks from civilian areas. But the pinheads at HRW don't mention that.

5 posted on 08/05/2006 9:01:54 AM PDT by dirtboy (Why does Israel take border security seriously but we do not, when Islamists wish us both harm?)
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That goodness for small favors from Human Rights Watch.

But it's past time the world quit turning a blind eye to Hibullah's strategy of murder by IDF.


6 posted on 08/05/2006 9:02:19 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: Dark Skies
Did anyone see the limp-wristed, pinch-faced liberal on last night's O'Reilly Factor (John Kasich guest-hosting)?

The liberal was pathetic.

7 posted on 08/05/2006 9:03:05 AM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: Dark Skies

So they are going to bring a case against Nasrallah in the Hague for war crimes...?????


8 posted on 08/05/2006 9:06:26 AM PDT by observer5 (It's not a War on Terror - it's a WAR ON STUPIDITY)
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To: Dark Skies
but..but..but a(dofl)ma(hitler)ajihad says that Jews aren't human. Doesn't that mean that Israel is not covered by the rules of war?

SARCASM ALERT!

9 posted on 08/05/2006 9:08:54 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Dark Skies
yea know, this might be the one thing that will start to move the MSM and other liberal outlets against Hezbol. The MSM is always showing what IAF has bombed and the poor civilians that have died. But not much of what Hezbol has done to Israeli civilians and the constant bombing of hospitals, etc. With the Human Rights group getting into the act, they are saying what the world knows already, that Hezbol tries to kill civilians.

parties to an armed conflict must not make the civilian population the object of attack, or fire indiscriminately into civilian areas
10 posted on 08/05/2006 9:09:54 AM PDT by bobsunshine
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To: observer5
So they are going to bring a case against Nasrallah in the Hague for war crimes...?????

Right after they put Saddam Hussein on trial for firing scuds into Israel.
11 posted on 08/05/2006 9:11:49 AM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: Dark Skies
Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war."

Kenny doesn't understand this is a theological war; and there are no innocent Infidels regardless of age, creed, gender, race or national origin. - tom

12 posted on 08/05/2006 9:15:50 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: Dark Skies

If Robinson was still head of the commission, the war crimes would be on Israel for not "understanding" Hezbollah..


13 posted on 08/05/2006 9:17:50 AM PDT by cardinal4 (America, despite the usual suspects, stands firmly with Israel..)
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To: bobsunshine
"parties to an armed conflict must not make the civilian population the object of attack, or fire indiscriminately into civilian areas"

This "IS" TM BIlly Jeff their main method of conducting warfare. Unless they are on top, then its alah out GENOCIDE!

Butt the koranus DEMANDS otherwise! You are an infidel!

Sura 9:5 of the “Koranus,” “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.”

"Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God." Sura 9:29




Aap aap ahh dap dap!!!!!
It's a religion of peace
It's a religion of peace

14 posted on 08/05/2006 9:23:59 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: capt. norm

Not only did I see him, I fired off a nasty letter to HRW regarding his pro-hezzi views. Maybe I wasn't the only one?


15 posted on 08/05/2006 9:25:59 AM PDT by Ekoa
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To: Dark Skies

In other news...the sun rose in the east today!


16 posted on 08/05/2006 9:29:19 AM PDT by Radix (Somehow, my Flux Capacitor got crossed up with my Interocitor.)
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To: EagleUSA

What about using Human Shields?


17 posted on 08/05/2006 9:33:10 AM PDT by observer5 (It's not a War on Terror - it's a WAR ON STUPIDITY)
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To: Dark Skies
The Huzzie "head guy" is chuckling as he reads this.

To his second in command, "What's the latest report on the Infidels? Have we killed them all yet?"

Second in command: "No sir."

Head guy: "Well, then, keep on keeping on! Fire more rockets! Recruit more suicide bombers! Send more terrorists carrying WMDs across the wide-open US border!*. KILL THE INFIDELS!! KILL THEM ALL!!!"

* Sorry, I just had to include that J

18 posted on 08/05/2006 9:34:14 AM PDT by upchuck (Me wish for Democrats to die? No, I just want them to develop Tourette's Syndrome. ~American Quilter)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"Under international humanitarian law - also known as the laws of war - parties to an armed conflict must not make the civilian population the object of attack, or fire indiscriminately into civilian areas. Nor can they launch attacks that they know will cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects that exceeds the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. Such attacks constitute war crimes," the site explained.

I am not a fan of Human Rights Watch, but the boldfaced passage above appears to the human shield issue.

19 posted on 08/05/2006 9:35:06 AM PDT by monocle
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To: EagleUSA
Not news.

Actually, it is huge news. The fact that Human Rights Watch – or any human rights organization – has declared any enemy of Israel guilty of anything is virtually unprecedented.

20 posted on 08/05/2006 9:39:05 AM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: M. Thatcher

The fact that Human Rights Watch – or any human rights organization – has declared any enemy of Israel guilty of anything is virtually unprecedented.
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In that regard, I agree. But the age old practice of throwing innocents in the line of fire is standard operating procedure for the sub-human terrorists. See what a copy of the Koran can do for your neighborhood ???


21 posted on 08/05/2006 9:46:15 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: monocle
No, it doesn't. The passage you outlined speaks of the targeting of civilian areas, not the use of civilian areas to launch attacks. Quite a distinction.
22 posted on 08/05/2006 9:46:44 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Dark Skies
[ "Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth, ]

Roth must've just got out of a crack cocaine drying out procedure.. He's a bit late with this assessment of Muzzie tactics..

23 posted on 08/05/2006 9:51:05 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: Dark Skies
This is not the entire report by any means. Israel gets smacked down pretty hard too. Go to Human Rights Watch web site:

http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/08/02/lebano13902.htm

24 posted on 08/05/2006 9:56:54 AM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days.")
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To: Mr. Mojo

The use of human shields makes them the objects of attack.


25 posted on 08/05/2006 10:06:39 AM PDT by monocle
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To: monocle
The use of human shields makes them the objects of attack.

That is unquestionably true, but I'm not sure HRW was addressing that. ...but it's difficult to say for sure.

26 posted on 08/05/2006 10:12:48 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Dark Skies
"Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch

As if this is anything remotely "new."

Life magazine, 1970

These armed children are the arab leaders today.

27 posted on 08/05/2006 10:16:51 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Mr. Mojo

Whether HWR was quoting the conventions or paraphasing them, I think my interpretation would be widely accepted and HRW by citing this passage tacitly accepts that interpretation.


28 posted on 08/05/2006 10:36:55 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Dark Skies

Too late. HRW has already shown they sleep with the terrorists.


29 posted on 08/05/2006 11:30:32 AM PDT by right-wingin_It
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To: Dark Skies

Did HRW just wake up? These attacks on civilians in Israel have been going on since 1948!


30 posted on 08/05/2006 12:03:58 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: M. Thatcher

I'd swear I saw HRW on Fox this morning accusing Israel of war crimes.


31 posted on 08/05/2006 12:18:11 PM PDT by VA40
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To: Dark Skies

Do NOT trust Human Rights Watch. This is the same group that reportedly condoned the Hizb'allah kidnapping of the two Israeli troops.

AND, this is the same Human Rights Watch that denounced our U.S. military procedures at Guantanamo, bringing the wrath of the world -- including the traitorous slander of Turban Durbin -- down on the heads of our troops.

They have the wiles of a snake.


32 posted on 08/05/2006 12:55:19 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Make your choice and save your tears....AM YISRAEL CHAI!)
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To: EagleUSA

And it's also FAKE.


33 posted on 08/05/2006 12:57:14 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Make your choice and save your tears....AM YISRAEL CHAI!)
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To: right-wingin_It

I'm glad someone else is paying attention. Shame on Jerusalem Post for falling for HRW crap.


34 posted on 08/05/2006 12:58:32 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Make your choice and save your tears....AM YISRAEL CHAI!)
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To: M. Thatcher; EagleUSA

Post 33 is to M. Thatcher not Eagle USA.


35 posted on 08/05/2006 1:00:55 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Make your choice and save your tears....AM YISRAEL CHAI!)
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To: Dark Skies

When I was in Israel in 1986 our group went to visit the Golan Heights and Lebanese border. We were told that prior to the taking of the area terrorists/soldiers would routinely shoot into northern Israel. So human right's violations against Israelis has been going on for a long time. It would be nice to know how many missiles have been shot into Israel from Lebanon each year. How many have been shot into Israel each month of this year? Anyone know where to get this information?

This is not a disproportionate response if you consider what has been happening for so long. Just the straw that broke Nasrallah's back.


36 posted on 08/05/2006 1:19:54 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: capt. norm

I don't know what was worse...

The limp-wristed liberal, or how Kasich didn't even bother to ask him if he thought the act of firing missiles from civilian areas met the standards for a war-crime.


37 posted on 08/05/2006 1:51:43 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (I criticize everyone... and then breath some radioactive fire and stomp on things.)
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To: gogogodzilla
It's getting where it's easy to spot a liberal.

My wife spotted this one from the kitchen...no audio or captions..and nailed him.

They seem to fall into a pattern.

Voices are even easier. They tend to have high-pitched "squeaky" voices.

38 posted on 08/05/2006 2:02:55 PM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: D-fendr
Yes, by golly, that'll fix it. A stern leading editorial is sure to eliminate the problem of genocidal fascism. All in a day's work, perky campers!

What buffoons...

39 posted on 08/05/2006 2:12:45 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Dark Skies

Like a broken clock, HRW might be right once in a while.

They are almost grudgingly admitting Hezbollah is committing war crimes. As if they haven't been lobbing missles at purely civilian areas for weeks now.


40 posted on 08/05/2006 2:21:18 PM PDT by GatorGirl
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To: Dark Skies

He later added, "But you know, those Hezbolah war crimes were the really cute, precious ones, like puppies biting your finger or bear cubs pooping in your hot tub."


41 posted on 08/05/2006 2:25:15 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Dark Skies
"Hizbullah must immediately stop firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel, Human Rights Watch said Saturday."

Well, I'm SOOOO relieved! (LOL!)

I'm sure Hizbullah will stop immediately when they hear this group is feigning protest.
42 posted on 08/05/2006 4:18:46 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nmh; GatorGirl; capt. norm; Dark Skies
Feigning protest is right. HRW has a history of supporting terrorists. Like other NGOs, they adore portraying terrorists as victims rather than perpetrators, so this doesn't play.

Also I found this tidbit:

Hezbollah not to blame for war, reports show
Malaysia Sun/Big News Network
Friday 4th August, 2006

Just on three weeks ago, on July 12, the border quiet was interrupted by Hezbollah in a raid on an Israeli military post which resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers. Three others died in the attack.

…The Hezbollah attack was staged to capture soldiers to use for a prisoner-exchange with Israel, a strategy adopted by both sides in the past. According to Human Rights Watch, targeting and capture of enemy soldiers is allowed under international humanitarian law.

... when it's done by their terrorist icons.

43 posted on 08/05/2006 6:55:38 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Make your choice and save your tears....AM YISRAEL CHAI!)
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To: La Enchiladita

What is "international humanitarian law"? What treaty did these parties sign to invoke that? Who legislated this law? What are they talking about????

What a bunch of idiots!


44 posted on 08/05/2006 7:16:26 PM PDT by GatorGirl
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To: La Enchiladita

"According to Human Rights Watch, targeting and capture of enemy soldiers is allowed under international humanitarian law."

Evil people ... liberals LOVE em.


45 posted on 08/05/2006 7:38:38 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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