Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) is claiming Israel intentionally targeted civilian families during the recent war with Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
In a study entitled, “Families under the Rubble: Israeli attacks on inhabited homes,” AI alleges eight incidents reveal 100 civilians, including 62 children, were killed during Operation Protective Edge, according to Christian Today.
"Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused," said Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
Watchdog group MGO Monitor maintains the report shows bias and lacks the credibility of military expertise and official government intelligence information.
"Amnesty’s claims had no validity when they were first made, without evidence, during the fighting, and they have no more credibility now, despite the facade of ‘research’ and ‘investigations,'" said Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "For many years, we have shown that Amnesty’s ‘reports’ on Israel lack credibility and are based on double standards that reflect a radical ideological agenda under the facade of universal human rights."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs argues that while AI accuses Israel of committing “war crimes,” the report failed to include how Hamas used civilians as human shields, as well as ammunition storage and firing at Israeli civilian population centers from within schools, hospitals, mosques and civilian neighborhoods in Gaza.
Publication date: November 7, 2014