Congress Utilizes Myth of “Human Shields” to Justify War Crimes

The bodies of members of the Abu Jamei family, who were allegedly killed in an Israeli airstrike during the country's war against Islamic militants, are buried in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Amnesty International published a report on Nov. 5 accusing Israel of war crimes in its 50-day war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip this summer, saying its military showed "callous indifference" to civilians in airstrikes on homes that felled entire families. (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / The New York Times)

Today in a report from Truthout, Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, draws attention to the deplorable lies and propaganda Israel use to commit horrendous war crimes.  

He writes:

No Gaza eyewitnesses found evidence of Hamas using human shields during the last conflict. Israel’s murder of civilians would have been a crime anyway, yet Congress seeks to undermine international law.

On November 5, Amnesty International released another report on this summer’s fighting between Israeli and Hamas forces report, revealing “A pattern of frequent Israeli attacks using large aerial bombs to level civilian homes, sometimes killing entire families.” The report also exposed “A pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee.”

Amnesty has been joined by the United Nations and human rights groups expressing outrage at attacks on civilians by both Hamas and Israel. Israeli forces killed nearly 1,500 civilians, including 500 children, during its seven-week bombardment of the crowded enclave known as the Gaza Strip. Hamas rocket attacks, meanwhile, killed five civilians in Israel.

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