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Report details IDF 'double tap' bombings that hit first responders in Gaza

Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights authored by a team of international medical experts documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Funeral for the 26 members of the Abu Jame' family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 18 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame'  family. Israeli attacks have killed 550 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Funeral for the 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack in the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

The thing that shocked me most in a new report on Gaza by international experts was the IDF’s “double tap” attacks. Other findings in the report have already been written about, some of them during the war, “Operation Protective Edge,” here on +972. We reported about the shooting at civilians in the Khuza’a neighborhood, the use of human shields, destroying hospitals, how Gazans felt they had no safe place to run to, the dozens of families that were simply eliminated, and more. But the “double taps” — that is entirely new.

The team of medical experts that authored the report visited Gaza three times as a delegation of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). They collected testimonies from dozens of wounded and from medical teams, documented the army’s terrifying actions during the war. At least 15 people testified about and described incidents in which the army bombed a target, and then — after a short pause or immediately after — bombed it again. The result was especially deadly: family members, neighbors, passersby and/or medical and emergency teams that arrived to help the wounded and extract bodies from the rubble, were bombed themselves, were killed or wounded.

Read the full report here

“This is a separate phenomenon from that of the so- called ‘roof-tap[s],” explain the authors of the report, which in a separate section addresses the “roof tap” warning strikes — which are small bombs that aren’t supposed to fell buildings. The “double tap” is something else. For Israelis it is reminiscent of our own traumas, like the Beit Lid double suicide bombing and other terror attacks that used the same tactic. According to the team of experts, that is how the Israeli army operated in Gaza.

A destroyed quarter in Shujaiyeh neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A destroyed quarter in Shujaiyeh neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, photographed during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The Red Crescent described the “double tap” practice as one of the central factors behind the deaths and injuries of their medical teams. A total of 23 medical personnel, 16 of them on duty, were killed during the war; another 83 were wounded. According to the team of experts, 45 ambulances were damaged by army attacks, including an ambulance station, 17 hospitals and 56 clinics that were entirely destroyed or damaged. And all that was after the UN transmitted to Israel the precise coordinates of every medical facility in the Gaza Strip.

The importance of bringing the team of medical experts was already apparent to PHR during the war. “We opened emergency hotlines and 24 hours a day we received calls from people who needed to be evacuated to hospitals,” says Mahmoud Abu Arisha, one of the directors of PHR’s occupied territories department. “Families were trapped in their homes where there was shooting outside. They lost close family members and they couldn’t go look for them. Time after time we called the [IDF’s District Coordination and Liaison Office] for Gaza but we felt like they weren’t hearing us and they didn’t understand what we were saying. The feeling was that our intervention wasn’t effective at all.”

The helplessness of their attempts to assist the injured in Gaza resulted in PHR inviting the experts (the full list of the team members is listed below), who entered Gaza for the first time in Gaza, during the fighting, and then another two times after the war. They also interviewed wounded Gaza’s who were hospitalized in Israel, Nablus and Amman.

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In their report the medical experts write that of the 68 wounded with whom they spoke, 64 percent were wounded in their homes or in their neighbors’ or families’ homes. Another 28 percent were wounded while trying to flee. Most of those interviewed described an impossible situation in which they were attacked without any prior warning, or in which the warnings that weren’t followed through, or warnings the were followed through — but from which there was nowhere to run. That is, either because there were warnings of impending attacks almost everywhere in Gaza, or because the paths of escape were blocked. As Mahmoud Ismail wrote on our Hebrew-language sister site Local Call, during the fighting, there were very few things Gazans could do to save their own lives.

According to the report, over 2,100 Palestinians were killed during the war, 70 percent of whom were civilians who weren’t involved in combat, in addition to 67 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians, including one child. Among the Palestinians killed, over 500 were minors, according to UN data cited in the report — and at least 142 families lost at least three members in individual attacks on their homes. The army has still not provided an explanation of its change in policy relating to the assassination of entire families, a practice that was banned in the past save for extraordinary circumstances. During Protective Edge it was common practice.

Palestinians gather around a fire in the at-Tuffah district of Gaza city, which was heavily attacked during Israel’s latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014. The family of eight returned to their home, which is in danger of collapse due to the damage. Their home, like all the buildings in the area, is neither connected to the electricity or water infrastructure. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians gather around a fire in the at-Tuffah district of Gaza city, which was heavily attacked during Israel’s latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014. The family of eight returned to their home, which is in danger of collapse due to the damage. Their home, like all the buildings in the area, is neither connected to the electricity or water infrastructure. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

An entire section of the report is dedicated to investigating the intensive military operation in the Khuza’a neighborhood in July. On July 23, a few hundred residents who had ignored the army’s earlier orders to leave the neighborhood decided that they had to find a way to leave for a safer place — together. They advanced in a group while waving white flags. Nevertheless, soldiers opened fire toward them, wounding dozens. According to the report, a 16-year-old wheelchair-bound girl was killed in the shooting.

In another incident a few days later, Israeli soldiers took over a home in the neighborhood and killed the father of the household, according to other family members. Next, they say, the soldiers made the other male family members stand in front of the windows; the soldiers stood behind, rested their weapons on their shoulders and shot outside — using them as human shields. They full testimonies of those two incidents are published below. The Israeli army is currently investigating the use of another Palestinian boy as a human shield, which was first reported by +972’s Samer Badawi.

Medics at the Al-Shifa hospital mourn their colleague targeted and killed in Shejaiya neighbourhood earlier today, Gaza Strip, July 20, 104. Spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated more than 80 dead bodies from destroyed houses in Shejaiya including 17 children, 14 women and 4 elderly people. More than 200 injured people were taken to al-Shifa Hospital. Death toll in the Gaza Strip accedes 392 with over 2650 wounded since the beginning of the Israeli offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Medics at the al-Shifa hospital mourn their colleague targeted and killed in Shejaiya neighborhood earlier in the day, Gaza Strip, July 20, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

“The discourse surrounding Gaza is often times limited to the question of whether there were war crimes — but as far as I’m concerned, that’s not the issue,” says PHR director of public outreach Hadas Ziv. “The more important question is why do we take for granted that such things happen every two years. The report’s conclusion, in my opinion, is that you don’t need to fix this or that about the army’s actions, but that we need to prevent the next war. I want them to think about what they’re doing to the people there and about what it’s doing to our soldiers when they decide to go to war.”

Alongside the publication of the report, PHR demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu establish an official investigative commission to look at the army’s actions in Gaza. The IDF Spokesperson had not responded to the report at the time of publication.

The testimony of a paramedic recalling how the Israeli army fired on his ambulance (collected by PHR):

The team of international medical experts who authored the report are: Dr. Jutta Bachmann, an expert on forensic evidence, rehabilitation and public health; Prof. Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, an expert on public health and human rights, and the psychosocial impact of the attacks; Hans Petter Hougen, a forensic pathologist; Dr. Karen L. Kelly, an expert in forensic and cardiovascular pathology; Dr. Jennifer Leaning, a professor of health and human rights and a veteran human rights investigator; Dr. Önder Özkalipci, an expert on forensic evidence; Dr. Louis Reynolds, an expert in pediatric intensive care; Alicia Vacas, RN.

Testimony (p. 82): Shooting at civilians waving white flags

That morning, many of the remaining people in the town made a collective decision that it would be safest to gather in a common area and leave the town as a large group, walking out together, holding white flags to signify that they were civilians. People contacted each other by phone and young men were sent to the homes where people were sheltering, to inform them of this decision.

According to Samia Abu Daka, who participated in the mass march, 500 people took part. Other testimonies put the number as high as 3000. They left the area of the clinic at 07:30, holding white bed-sheets, clothes tied to sticks, or any other white material including white plastic bags, and walked up the main road, which divides the town and leads westward towards the town of Khan Younis, calling ‘peaceful, peaceful.’

The group neared some tanks and soldiers. According to Dr. Kamal Qdeih, who was in the front line of the group with his wife, grandfather and children, he heard an announcement by megaphone saying: “You must return, you do not have permission to leave this area”. Soldiers and snipers were stationed on the rooftops of and inside houses along the streets, and the group came under gunfire. Dr. Qdeih says he saw Israeli soldiers with weapons shooting at the group.

According to Dr. Qdeih, about 31 people were injured by bullets and/or shrapnel.

A relative of Dr. Qdeih, a disabled, wheelchair-bound, 16-year-old girl with a seizure disorder, was left alone when the shooting started. Her brother was pushing the wheelchair in the large group but when the shooting started he ran away and left her. Later that day Dr. Qdeih tried to get ICRC to evacuate her. However, she died and her charred body was found by her family on 1 August 2014 in the street.

Testimony (p. 89): Execution of a civilian, human shields

Ramadan’s father opened the front door of the house, thinking that the soldiers were standing at the main entrance to the house – but they were already in the house behind him, having entered through the side door. Ramadan’s father was ordered to turn around from the front door, which he did. As he began to climb the few stairs from the front door towards the side door, in the direction of the soldiers, he was shot twice by one Israeli soldier at a distance of about two meters. The projectiles perforated his chest and the glass of the front door. He died immediately in front of his family.

The young men were taken to the second floor. The Israeli soldiers had removed the glass from the windows facing the street. Two of the young men were then placed in front of the open windows in each room. The Israeli soldiers placed the rifle barrels onto the men’s shoulders and fired out the windows. They did not fire continuously, but now and then over approximately one hour. Meanwhile the Israeli soldiers were laughing and joking. The rifle barrels were alternately placed on the left and the right shoulder of Ramadan (probably the same regarding the other men) and Ramadan was ordered to stand completely still. This lasted for about 8 hours, during which time Ramadan received no food or drink.

This article was first published on +972’s Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call. Read it in Hebrew here.

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    1. Bruce Gould

      The L.A. times supports Palestinians entry into the ICC:

      http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-roth-palestinians-icc-20150115-story.html

      he Israel exception to Western governments’ human rights principles has been starkly on display in the reaction to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court. In Washington, Ottawa, Paris and London, as well as Tel Aviv, the response has ranged from discouraging to condemnatory. The Palestinian move has been seen as “counterproductive,” “deeply troubl[ing],” “a concerning and dangerous development” that could make a “return to negotiations impossible.” Before accepting these howls of protest, we should ask why, exactly, the Palestinian move is supposed to be bad..

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      • Pedro X

        Try to stay on topic. Read the report by PHR. The team had no military experts. It did not try to cover the whole Gaza strip. The group also had no access to evidence regarding the conduct of Palestinian armed combatants within Gaza, and the teams were not able to examine official Israeli allegations regarding misuse of civilian or medical facilities for military purposes, This seems to make their report worthless.

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    2. Laura Gonzalez

      Will Israel answer for these crimes against humanity?

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      • Pedro X

        Hamas used its citizens as human shields to protect its fighters, its hardware and military infrastructure. It used civilians as shields for its missiles. Some of these civilians died as a result of Hamas and Islamic Jihad actions in using their own civilians as human shields.

        Israel warned Palestinians not to stay in combat zones. Israel dropped over 2.5 million leaflets telling Palestinians to leave areas which were theatres of war. It placed tens of thousands of phone calls and even warned of impending attacks by roof tapping. Palestinians who did not flee, acted as human shields for Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They had plenty of areas to flee to since many neighborhoods have been left intact. Out of 1.7 million Gazans, 1.6 million were not made homeless which tells one that there were safe areas to flee.

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        • Michael B

          more lame and heartless excuses for killing and maiming innocent civillians, women and children included. wake up war criminals … remember Nuremberg … some people deny the holocaust Pedro … you deny what the world sees in plain sight

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          • Pedro X

            British General Richard Kemp:

            “Israeli forces have taken greater steps than anyone else in the history of warfare to save the lives of innocent civilians.”

            “If civilians are accidently killed, it’s not a war crime. The IDF has even gone further than the Geneva Convention… In one particular incident, 17 missions were aborted to save innocent civilians and in the end, they gave up on the mission.”

            “I’d like to ask the world, what would Great Britain do if they were in a similar situation? I can tell you what Britain would do and did in 1943, when Nazis sent unguided missiles at British cities. We immediately sent a bombardment and dropped 600 aircrafts full of explosives. 763 civilians died. The most important concern was for British civilians,”

            “Colonel Kemp noted that the Nazis only sent 100 missiles per day to Great Britain. To the contrary, Hamas has sent on average 130 missiles to Israel every day since the operation began. While Israel tries to minimize civilian deaths, Great Britain “did not care about the enemy civilians. We would have done that with just one rocket,” Kemp emphasized.”

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    3. Bar

      “According to the report, over 2,100 Palestinians were killed during the war, 70 percent of whom were civilians who weren’t involved in combat, in addition to 67 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians, including one child. Among the Palestinians killed, over 500 were minors, according to UN data cited in the report.”

      So, already here we know this is not true. The ratio is closer to 50/50 first of all. Second, many Gazans were killed by Palestinian rockets, a large percentage of which landed inside Gaza. Third, all the UN data came directly and indirectly from Hamas. In other words, it’s about as trustworthy as an organization that kidnaps and murders three teenagers.

      For the rest of it, we’ll wait for the army or government’s response. But if you simply think about the logic of the supposed “double tap” attacks, which we actually do see in many terror attacks, Israel would have zero reason to do so unless it has an interest in targeting civilians. If it was interested in doing that, then why would it warn them away from buildings that would be attacked?

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        • Felix Reichert

          Everyone disagrees. Apart from the Israeli government of course. Ask any other source, you won’t get a 50/50 ratio.

          As if that would make anything better.

          Now of course Israel’s numbers are grossly distorting the truth. They include any killed (alleged) Hamas-members, no matter if they were from the fighting-wing or just doing their desk-job. That’s probably how they get 50%. Destroy a police station or two, kill a couple dozen policemen, and your good. You’ve not only killed alleged “enemy combatants”, you’ve also further destabilized Gaza.

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          • Jan

            I suspect that the IDF considered every dead male between the ages of 13 and 75 to be Hamas fighters or members of Hamas.

            Maybe next time Israeli goes on its killing spree they will say that the hundreds of babies and children they kill are also Hamas. I would not be in the least surprised.

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        • Pedro X

          An obvious question is, is the Palestinian data reliable? If not, any one who relies on Palestinian data, will not come to a proper conclusion. Even a cursory look at the reporting of civilian deaths in Gaza realizes that groups like the Gaza Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)were untruthful in their reporting of civilian causalities.

          For example, on August 2, 2014 PCHR reported that on the previous day Israel targeted an ambulance and killed 3 medical personnel.

          “Israeli warplanes bombarded an ambulance of the Ministry of Health. As a result, 3 health workers were killed: ‘Aatef Saleh al-Zameli, 42, the driver; Yousef Ejmai’an al-Zameli, 33, a nurse; and Yousef Jaber Darabih, 25, a volunteer paramedic.”

          Yet Elder of Ziyion posted the martyrdom pictures of all three showing they were Islamic Jihad members. Gaza’s Health Ministry allowed Islamic Jihad terrorists to use its ambulance for terrorist purposes. This is not surprising since a Palestinian journalist wrote that he had been interrogated by Hamas at al-Shifa hospital close to the emergency operating theatre. He mentioned that Hamas members carried guns within the hospital.

          Another example, on July 29, 2014 PCHR reported that in al-Hashash neighborhood in the north of Rafah Israel killed a family of 6 civilians, Ibrahim Ahmed al-Hashash, 16; Mohammed Ahmed al-Hashash, 18; Mas’oud Ahmed al-Hashash, 20; Sa’id Ahmed al-Hashash, 20; their mother Hana’ Ali al-Hashash, 43; and Mohammed Mousa al-Hashash, 20. The same day Hamas claimed 4 of these civilians as Hamas members and “mujahid martyr”. Elder of Ziyiion posted the Hamas posters showing these civilians were Hamas terrorists.

          Another example, on July 25, 2014 PCHR and the Gaza Health Ministry claimed that Israel killed a civilian named Ashraf Ibrahim Al Najjar. Gaza’s Ministry of Health claimed he was 13 years old. Elder of Ziyion found a poster of the deceased. He was not 13 years old but an adult and a fighter holding a large gun and wearing Hamas headband.

          PCHR also claimed that ‘Aadel Mohammed Abu Hwaishel, 38, killed on July 22, 2014 was a civilian. He was a commander in the Qassam Brigades which was tweeted the same day.

          ON July 30, 2014 PCHR claimed that 17 year old Muhannad Ashraf Ismail al-Qarra was a civilian killed by Israel. Yet Elder of Ziyion has posted his obituary claiming him as an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

          On July 13, the Gaza Ministry of Health announced the death of 14-year old Hussein Abdelkader Muheisen, as a civilian. Since then he has been claimed as commander of an Islamic Jihad Unit which ambushed Israeli soldiers on July 15, 2014. He was 24 years old.

          PCHR said on July 30, 2014 that Mohammed Mahmoud al-Astal, 25, was a civilian. Fatah claimed him as a “martyr mujahod”.

          B’stselem following PCHR lead claimed the terrorist as a civilian and said his family was wiped out for no reason.

          Even from this look at PCHR and Gaza Ministry of Health reporting it is evident that Palestinian agencies misrepresented who were civilians and who were combatants killed in the conflict. One should question how the Ministry of Health misidentified adult fighters as children? One should ask why they allowed their facilities to be used as command centers, and their ambulances as transport for terrorists?

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      • Michael Nomad

        some people deny the holocaust

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        • Pedro X

          Some people deny that Hamas fought a war in which it hid its fighters in tunnels protected by civilian shields.

          War is cruel. Civilians die, particularly when one side buries its military infrastructure and arsenal beneath the feet of its civilian population and then operates out of civilian infrastructure to prosecute its war of choice.

          Israel protects its civilians with bomb shelters, iron dome and its army. Hamas protects its missiles with its civilians. Hamas dug tunnels to attack Israel and built no shelters for its own citizens because it wanted to sacrifice lives of Gazans in order to obtain a military advantage in that Israel called off many missions because of the visible presence of civilians.

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    4. Viktor Arajs

      The only way to stop Gaza from being pummeled every 2 years is to liberate Palestine

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    5. Mikesailor

      Bruce: Not only does the UN and Israel disagree, but Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Red Crescent, Doctors Without Borders and the Lancet all seem to agree that the Israelis have made up their excuses and figures out of thin, albeit hot, air. But that doesn’t bother the hasbaristas like Bar in the least, does it? Even the international media doesn’t believe the Israelis. I wonder why? Tell us Bar: How did the Israelis “acquire” such figures and why does the rest of the credible investigators disagree? Are all of the organizations “antisemitic”? Or they just can’t understand how difficult is is for the Israelis to purposely kill medical and other aid workers? Go climb back under your rock because your BS really doesn’t sell.

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    6. Shaun

      17 hospitals and 56 clinics that were entirely destroyed or damaged. Gaza must have one of the best health care distributions in the world.

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    7. Mikesailor

      Shaun: You win the award for the most asinine comment on this thread. Even Pedro’s BS is more inventive than yours. How many people are in Gaza, Shaun? And, when Israeli artillery and bombing starts, where can they go? And, how many hospitals and clinics do you feel the 1.8 million Gazans deserve? None? One or two? What rock do I have to turn over to find you? Go back, your friends miss you terribly.

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      • Shaun

        Mike pity you cant address the substance of the question without an emotional rant. If you round up Gaza population to 1.8 million, with 17 hospitals and 65 medical clinics (damaged or destroyed) it makes Gaza one of the most medically well distributed areas on the globe. This is a direct contradiction to to claims of shortages caused by the blockade. If you cant answer on substance, don’t bother

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    8. Ginger Eis

      Mr. Haggai Matar,

      There is nothing in this article that withstands the strength of (rigorous) judicial scrutiny (if the allegations ever make it that far). Here are the facts that are neither disputed nor disputable:

      a. Indisputable fact: Israel warns civilians in writing, in their own mother tongue and in no uncertain terms to evacuate the area she intends to invade and/or bomb;

      b. Indisputable fact: Israel calls the occupants of any civilian building she identifies as a legitimate military target and intends to bomb on telephone and tells them in their own mother tongue and in no uncertain terms to evacuate the building;
      c. Indisputable fact: after the warnings, Israel first fires a warning shot on roof of the building she intends to bomb, before the actual bombing takes place several minutes later.
      d. Indisputable fact: Palestinian militants use Hospitals, mosques, civilian homes, buildings and other facilities in Gaza to launch missiles into Israel thereby making them legitimate military targets;
      e. Indisputable fact: Palestinian militants use Palestinian civilians as human shield to protect their military arsenals, personnel, buildings and tunnels;
      f. Indisputable fact: Palestinian militants tell Palestinian civilians to NOT to heed Israel’s warnings to evacuate legitimate military targets, but instead sacrifice themselves as Shahids/martyrs /human shield to either deter Israeli strike or die in an Israeli strike in order to use their deaths as propaganda against Israel;
      g. Indisputable fact: no other Army in the entire history of mankind and warfare takes the steps Israel takes in trying to avoid civilian casualties among of her enemy!

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      • Michael R.

        Ginger Eis, spare us your comment. An army that is an occupation army, oppressing another people, controlling the daily life of a colonized population for decades, using most modern weapons and thousands of tons of bombs against a defenseless population, such an army is cruel, brutal and inhumane. Why so many people are able to defend the injustice and brutality of an occupying state and its army is incomprehensible.

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    9. Ginger Eis

      “Double tap”

      1. Anyone who remains in a legitimate military target after having been warned in no uncertain terms to evacuate him-/herself from said target, is responsible for what happens to him/her, NOT the IDF at least;

      2. Anyone who, upon demand by the military, evacuates him-/herself from a legitimate military target, but returns to said target, while the military operation is ongoing, is suicidal and responsible for what happens to him/herself, NOT the IDF at least. A legitimate military target continues to have that status until the threat emanating from it is eliminated. That – is the law.

      Essentially, the “double tap” as described in this article, is no more than an amateurish attempt to re-invent the law by authors masquerading as some kind of legal gurus. In reality it is devoid of any legal meaning and as such an exercise in futility – nothing more than a legal brouhaha!

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      • Kieran

        Any army that deliberately targets civilians is committing a war crime. A civilian home is not a military target. Also, deliberate attacks on civilians such as described in the article, is not only a war crime but is a disgusting disregard for human life. You should hang your head in shame Ginger Eis rather than defend murder.

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        • Ginger Eis

          “Any army that deliberately targets civilians is committing a war crime”.

          We agree on that. And the IDF does not deliberately target civilians.

          “A civilian home is not a military target.”

          Yes. And NO, Kieran. A civilian home is de jure not a military target if, and only IF, said home is de facto not used for military purposes. A civilian house that for example houses missiles is a legitimate military target. This stuff is not black&white as one might assume. It is a lot more subtle and nuanced.

          “Also, deliberate attacks on civilians such as described in the article, is not only a war crime but is a disgusting disregard for human life.”

          What is described in this article is no more than allegations designed to smear the IDF and win a war by other means against the IDF that Hamas and its supporters and apologists could not win on the battlefield. Saying that the earth is flat does not make it so. You have to provide (independent/objective) evidence to prove every element of (a) the specific law you rely on and (b) the specific facts you allege. Both this article and the “report” on which it is based, fail woefully on both fronts.

          “You should hang your head in shame Ginger Eis rather than defend murder.”

          No, I do not defend murder. I defend the rule of law and demand fairness. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

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          • Brian

            Eis, we are not in a court of law here. You, absurdly, make it sound as if, when I pick up the New York Times or Die Zeit or Haaretz or the Jerusalem Post I should regard as worthless anything written there that has not been proven at trial in a court of law. Hello? The entire world is not a courtroom, human beings are being discussed here, not abstract complainants in a class action lawsuit that can be summarily disposed of by an abstract legal meatgrinding operation.

            “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass – a idiot.”

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          • Brian

            If, however, you want to insist on making this all about the law, then what about the questions of the poster below: “why is Israel so opposed to the UN and other NGO’s investigations…”
            Thanks.

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    10. Mikesailor

      Ginger: Then why is Israel so opposed to the UN and other NGO’s investigations. According to you, the IDF has nothing to hide. Isn’t that the vaunted “rule of law” you espouse? And, I would suppose that if crimes are alleged to have been committed, and there is enough evidence to indict, them members of the IDF should not be immune from prosecution? Right? And, an international tribunal like the ICC should be the ones to hear such a case for Hamas and the PA’s rudimentary court system would render any verdicts rendered suspect by the Israelis, and the Israeli court system would similarly suffer from the same malady if they rendered verdicts. So, what do you say, Ginger? Wouldn’t you agree that the ICC would be the only body competent and impartial enough to investigate and try any miscreants? And any argument to the contrary is merely hot air?

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    11. Drew Arnott

      Hate begets hate. If you are ‘fighting for peace!’ then you are an idiot. Humans are a sorry lot and if we don’t ALL get our heads out of our asses, we are doomed.

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    12. Mikesailor

      Drew: I’ve heard of trite cliches but you seem to have mastered the art. Do you have any others? How about: “Fighting for peace is like f**cking for virginity”. At least raise your standards.

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