No Israeli Misconduct in Gaza

22 04 2009


Reuters reported today that the internal investigations by Israel’s armed forces concluded that the IDF has committed no misconduct in its recent war on Gaza.

“The IDF operated under the international law and according to a very high standard of professionalism and moral standards,” Major-General Dan Harel, deputy chief of staff, told a news conference called to deliver results of a probe into five sets of war crimes allegations.

This should not come as a surprise. Please don’t be surprised. You are naïve if you’ve expected another conclusion.

Not to bust Israel’s chops here, but how is it that a state in a constant, 60-year-old war does not commit war crimes whatsoever? How is it, and excuse my ignorance, that 1,500 people die in three weeks and 5,000 more get injured, with hundreds of children and women make no misconduct whatsoever? None! Zip! Nada!

Did people not read, watch and hear all the separate reports from people on the ground, from reporters, witnesses, victims about what really happened? Do we not remember the UN schools that got hit, some of which required the personal apology of Defense Minister Barak? Do we not even care about those brave Israeli soldiers who came out and said that they did things they shouldn’t have done?

I bring your attention to this paragraph from the same article:

Military investigators uncovered several “operational and intelligence mistakes” by Israeli forces, Harel said. In one case, a bomb that was meant for a militant’s house was misdirected to a neighboring building, killing 21 civilians.

Please notice that this is a “mistake,” never a war crime. Please also notice Reuters’ word choice “misdirected.” And please, please, notice that it’s 21 civilians.

Human rights groups have called for a separate independent investigation. Israel, of course, has refused the UN proposal to inspect both IDF and Hamas’s actions. Tell me: if you’ve got nothing to hide, then why hide?

I rarely agree with Hamas and their ideology and vision (if they really have one, that is), but for this time, I will post a comment and agree with it.

“[Israel] cannot be both criminal and judge at the same time,” said a spokesman for Hamas.

From a legal point of view, this is absolutely right. Can’t play defendant and judge in the same court.

It is ludicrous to think that a conflict with so much hatred on both sides will have no war crimes whatsoever. Absolutely ridiculous.