My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, May 14, 2010

Human Rights Watch goes after Israel again....

They find that perhaps 12 buildings destroyed in Gaza may have had no military significance...
The Israeli army unlawfully destroyed civilian property in its 22-day offensive in Gaza in 2008 and 2009, a report by Human Rights Watch says.

Israeli forces destroyed buildings that had "no military significance", a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, the report said.

The New-York based group have documented 12 cases that they say must be investigated.

The IDF denies the charges and says it has investigated the incursion already.

Palestinians and rights groups say more than 1,400 Gazans died in the conflict, known as Operation Cast Lead, but Israel puts the figure at 1,166. Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, were killed.

Human Rights Watch documented the complete destruction of 189 buildings, including 11 factories, 8 warehouses and 170 residential buildings, leaving at least 971 people homeless during the operation which began in December 2008.

The 12 incidents documented in the report account for roughly 5% of the homes, factories and warehouses destroyed in Gaza during the operation the report said.
If all they can find is 12 buildings....then the Israelis did a better job than I expected. I would assume in any war that lots of stuff would get destroyed that shouldn't. I knew the Israelis were careful..but not that careful...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"no military significance"

What would a "human rights" organization know of military/war tactics or their significance?

Hamas isn't exactly your standard combatants since they hide behind civilians and use all sorts of deplorable tactics.

So "military" evidence isn't going to be so easy to come by.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous x2para said...

what would a human rights organization know about military significance? well it seems every Ken and Barbie reporter is now a military expert, so why not them

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Philanthropist said... opposed to the 'militarily significant' rocket attacks on Israeli civilians?

'Human Rights Watch' disgusts me.

10:29 PM  

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