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U.N. Official Cites ‘Strong Possibility’ of War Crimes in Gaza Conflict
New York Times ^ | JULY 23, 2014 | NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

Posted on 07/23/2014 10:58:21 AM PDT by lbryce

Geneva-The United Nations’ top human rights official, Navi Pillay, said Wednesday that there was a “strong possibility” that Israel and Hamas have committed war crimes with indiscriminate attacks on civilians during more than two weeks of fighting with militants in Gaza.

Opening a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Pillay called for an investigation and accountability to end the cycle of violence.

Ms. Pillay cited Israeli airstrikes on civilian homes in Gaza and the shelling of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital two days ago, which killed four people, as examples of actions that suggest “a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; warcrimes
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I find that very hard to believe.
1 posted on 07/23/2014 10:58:21 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

“But only the ‘filthy’ Jews will be prosecuted” he added. Amirite?


2 posted on 07/23/2014 11:01:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: lbryce

Of course the UN sees nothing wrong with launching missiles into cities.

Pray America wakes up


3 posted on 07/23/2014 11:02:47 AM PDT by bray (Palin/Bibi 2016)
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To: lbryce

Brought to you by the organization that hides missiles in children’s school rooms. Maybe they should be putting themselves on trial.


4 posted on 07/23/2014 11:05:30 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: lbryce
The aggressors *always* set the tone for a battle.Anything that the Israelis might have done was in direct response to an enemy that's spelled out...in writing...that their basic objective is to wipe Israel off the map.
5 posted on 07/23/2014 11:06:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: lbryce

FUUN.

FUNYT.

Shove it up your collective Obamaholes.


6 posted on 07/23/2014 11:07:39 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: lbryce

Israel is far from indiscriminate.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: lbryce

the very nature of Islam is a crime against humanity .
It needs to be completely excised from the fabric of humanity . Only then will this world know peace . If the rest of humanity cannot find it in itself to remove Islam from our world , we will never know peace . It’s our choice , and it’s time to act .


8 posted on 07/23/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: lbryce

Dear UN and NYT,

“indiscriminate attacks on civilians” have ONLY been perpitrated by Hamas.

ALL Israeli efforts have been VERY “discrimitating”, with every attempt to minimize risk to civilians.

The extent of civilian casualties among civilians in Gaza is due to the STANDARD PRACTICE of Hamas to hide behind civilians AND prohibiting or discouraging civilians from leaving area where Israel has WARNED them of a pending strike!


9 posted on 07/23/2014 11:09:56 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“But only the ‘filthy’ Jews will be prosecuted” he added. Amirite?

I think you win the prize, but that was easy.

Opening a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Pillay called for an investigation and accountability to end the cycle of violence.

The "cycle of violence" is those damn Jews giveaway.
10 posted on 07/23/2014 11:09:58 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: lbryce

Who knew? I didn’t know Hamas was wearing uniforms these days and firing their rockets from military bases!


11 posted on 07/23/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: lbryce

Too bad George McGovern and Jimmy Stewart aren’t alive to face these war crime tribunals.


12 posted on 07/23/2014 11:10:23 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hamas may have accidently fired missiles towards Israel, BUT

“Jews are deliberately slaughtering crippled LBGT Palestinian children by the thousands in Gaza! Hot off the presses! Get your New York Times here, folks! Jews are deliberately slaughtering crippled LBGT Palestinian children by the thousands in Gaza! Netanyahu suddenly gains a lot of weight from eating the flesh of Palestinian babies! Says they taste like chicken!”


13 posted on 07/23/2014 11:11:24 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: lbryce

Also - what does she mean by ‘civilians’?

The only time Hamas killers even seem to wear uniforms is when they’re impersonating the IDF. That is a war crime - is she going to investigate it?


14 posted on 07/23/2014 11:11:39 AM PDT by agere_contra (Hamas has dug miles of tunnels - but no bomb-shelters.)
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To: lbryce

At this point, I highly doubt that the Israelis really care about what the world, or the UN for that matter, think of them.

Survival and self-preservation trump petty, biased, and frivolous opinions of your enemies.

To any Israelis who may read this: do what you need to do to protect yourselves, and do not stop until you have achieved that goal.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 11:12:16 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: lbryce

“War crimes” has always seemed somewhat oxymoronish.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 11:12:24 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: caww
The United Nations’ top human rights official, Navi Pillay, said Wednesday that there was a “strong possibility” that Israel and Hamas have committed war crimes with indiscriminate attacks on civilians

But not a peep about all the innocent civilians the Ukrainian government has killed.

17 posted on 07/23/2014 11:12:45 AM PDT by McGruff (If you tell a lie often enough the weak minded will accept it to be truth.)
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To: lbryce

There was an episode of Star Trek where two societies were are war with each other. Rather than use real bullets and bombs they fought on a computer and the computer determine which side won a battle and THE COMPUTER DECIDED WHO WAS KILLED DURING THE BATTLE. Those named had to report to a center where they would be killed!

Kirk was appalled by this and destroyed the computer forcing the two sides to either make peace or go back to fighting a real war until one side defeated the other.

Since the end of WWII the world has been “playing” at war. No one really wins so the wars go on.

Perhaps it is time we go back to unrestricted warfare and allowed the strongest (or the most determined) side win?

Faced with total destruction perhaps those that are engaging in these terrorist wars might reconsider their actions.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: lbryce

The real political crime against humanity is the U.N. Human Rights Commission, a falsely named global political organ led by the undemocratic international political forces that shape its agenda and keep it working as the feckless steward of human rights that it is.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 11:13:09 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: lbryce

“...indiscriminate attacks on civilians...”

Hmmm. How do they feel about the 8th air force over Berlin in 1944?


20 posted on 07/23/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: lbryce
Dear Israel, you will ALWAYS be hated and blamed regardless of the facts.

Carry on.

21 posted on 07/23/2014 11:16:18 AM PDT by JPG ("So sue me". OK, we will.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Close. Proving his badass, anti semite anti israel liberal leftist chops he said “joos” or “j00s” instead of “Jews”.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 11:17:22 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: lbryce

Just curious if this “UN official” is calling for checking into war crimes by UNRWA? They seem to have a penchant for stock piling weapons in their buildings...


23 posted on 07/23/2014 11:18:22 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: cuban leaf

Reports are that the news people in Gaza are not free to leave and that they are not allowed to make any reports about the fighters or show their weapons. If you watch the network coverage that sure appears to be true. The only things shown in Gaza are casualties..civilian and Israel targets..no fighters with guns.
They do show some outgoing rockets..that’s about it.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: PA Engineer
The "cycle of violence" is those damn Jews giveaway.

Yep, the cycle always seems to start with palies or hamasses, and then can only end with pressure on Israel to not defend itself.

25 posted on 07/23/2014 11:20:19 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: lbryce

Here’s the test, UN: which side is using civilians as `human shields’?


26 posted on 07/23/2014 11:20:24 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: McGruff

..... Not a peep about all the Ukrainian Government has killed”.....

Ukraine Gov. is run by the US teams and agencies...since that means Obama... nothing is going to be revealed which would point the finger at him doing anyone harm....or his involvement in Ukraine’s War. HE will be protected because too many nations have their hands in our pockets.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 11:21:56 AM PDT by caww
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To: lbryce

Do you think the idiots at the UN have ever figured out how terrorism exploits civilian populations??


28 posted on 07/23/2014 11:22:26 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: PA Engineer

Right. The cycle of violence is:

Palestinians attack Israel
Israel takes it
Palestinians attack Israel
Israel takes it
Palestinians attack Israel
Israel takes it

Israel closes border

Palestinians attack Israel
Israel responds in a limited way

Immediate calls for:
Cease fire
Ending of cycle of violence
Blaming of Israel for any Palestinian deaths and
Calls for Israeli restraint with implied future “war crimes” charges.

US revival of the “path to peace” or “roadmap to peace” or discussions of “the peace process” (with no acknowledgement that such methods have NEVER WORKED because the Palestinians have no interest in peace.)

UN denouncement of Israel by any number of Arab league members - any number of whom could accept their oppressed Palestinian brethren into their countries but somehow haven’t managed to do so.


29 posted on 07/23/2014 11:23:17 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: lbryce

The ol’ faculty lounge moral equivalency thing again.

Every action Hamas has taken has been what (used to) be considered a war crime. It’s their blueprint. But let’s try obfuscating with a “but they do it too, probably” bunch of hooey.


30 posted on 07/23/2014 11:23:39 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Oldexpat

Gazans were warned by Israel many times to leave the area..and this with safe passage....Hamas warned them to remain in their homes...some were attacked when they tried to leave. Others have been forced to building tops to protect HAmas arsenals inside because Israel avoids bombing if citizens are in the areas.

There’s plenty of video showing Hamas slithering out of their tunnels into Israeli terrority during this conflict.... and firing hundreds of rockets into Israel civilian areas.


31 posted on 07/23/2014 11:26:18 AM PDT by caww
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To: Oldexpat

Gazans were warned by Israel many times to leave the area..and this with safe passage....Hamas warned them to remain in their homes...some were attacked when they tried to leave. Others have been forced to building tops to protect HAmas arsenals inside because Israel avoids bombing if citizens are in the areas.

There’s plenty of video showing Hamas slithering out of their tunnels into Israeli terrority during this conflict.... and firing hundreds of rockets into Israel civilian areas.


32 posted on 07/23/2014 11:26:18 AM PDT by caww
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To: NonValueAdded

I am amazed that even after Israel spends days alerting civilians in Hama areas to leave idiots like the UN and that POS BO still accuse Israel of deliberately killing civilians
when it is Hamas and the palis who out civilians in the way


33 posted on 07/23/2014 11:27:37 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Oldexpat
Hamas sending adults and 'children'to rooftops to prevent bombings where their military arsenals are


34 posted on 07/23/2014 11:30:23 AM PDT by caww
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To: lbryce; All
Sometimes, it's useful (for background) to visit primary sources.

Here's the Hamas Charter.

Read it carefully. Try to keep your lunch down while doing so ...

These are not people who can be negotiated with ... these are totalitarian tyrants whose goal is the utter destruction, worldwide, of anyone who disagrees with them.

35 posted on 07/23/2014 11:33:42 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: C210N
You cannot trust anything Hamas says or does

Palestinians using donkeys and various other means as suicide bombings aimed for Israel.....a Palestinian terrorist rode an explosives-laden donkey cart toward an IDF position west of Khan Yunis and detonated the explosives. The terrorist and the donkey were killed, but the soldiers were left unscathed. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.


36 posted on 07/23/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT by caww
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To: lbryce

I understand the filthy Jew-dogs haven’t left a single baby milk factory standing in Gaza.


37 posted on 07/23/2014 11:37:59 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: NorthMountain

38 posted on 07/23/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT by caww
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To: lbryce

39 posted on 07/23/2014 11:39:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

As Golda Meir said, “We’ll forgive you for killing our children, but we’ll never forgive you for making us kill yours.”


40 posted on 07/23/2014 11:40:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: caww

There’s a very strange person. He seems quite mad.


41 posted on 07/23/2014 11:42:29 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Fresh Wind
Israeli hospital continues working with Red Cresent to treat Palestinian citizens in this conflict


42 posted on 07/23/2014 11:43:43 AM PDT by caww
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To: lbryce

There will NEVER be any peace until Islam is wiped off the face of this earth.


43 posted on 07/23/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: lbryce

By all means fire at the blue helmets. They’re islamists too.


44 posted on 07/23/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin
Hamas teaching their children how to treat Israeli soldiers in one of their parades


45 posted on 07/23/2014 11:51:11 AM PDT by caww
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To: BenLurkin
Hamas teaching their children how to treat Israeli soldiers in one of their parades


46 posted on 07/23/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT by caww
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To: BenLurkin
Hamas teaching their children how to treat Israeli soldiers in one of their parades


47 posted on 07/23/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT by caww
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To: bray
Of course the UN sees nothing wrong with launching missiles into cities.

Pray America wakes up


The U.N. was storing rockets for Hamas in UN aid facilities in the Gaza strip.

War crimes are a certainty in the Gaza conflict, it's just that Hamas and the UN are the guilty parties.

48 posted on 07/23/2014 11:51:17 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: NorthMountain
Hamas entertainment at rest periods


49 posted on 07/23/2014 11:58:05 AM PDT by caww
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To: caww
ROFL!!!

What's next, a "Hello Kitty" bomb vest? These people are stark raving looney.

50 posted on 07/23/2014 12:00:23 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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