HRW finally notices Gaza violations

Posted: April 20, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Hamas, Human Rights, Israel

Human Rights Watch logoHuman Rights Watch – the ‘human rights group’ behind calls to investigate Israel’s ‘war crimes’ in Gaza and accusations of illegal use of white phosphorous munitions (and the organization that hastily released its 2006 report on Second Lebanon War, accusing Israel of multiple violations, while releasing investigative report with evidence against Hizb Allah months later) – finally noticed Hamas’ abuse of human rights – over four months after operation’s end:

Human Rights Watch has accused Hamas of killing at least 32 members of rival political factions and people accused of collaborating with Israel during the Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip earlier this year.

A report released by the New York-based group on Monday said Hamas had carried out “arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, maimings by shooting and extrajudicial executions”.

“Hamas should end its attacks on political opponents and suspected collaborators in Gaza, which have killed at least 32 Palestinians and maimed several dozen more during and since the recent Israeli military offensive,” it said.

It is great of HRW to notice Hamas’ violence. Omitted from report: Hamas’ indoctrination of children and infants into suicide.

Hamas, of course, says the report lacks detail:

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Palestinian political faction, said the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report neglected to mention the reasons behind the disorder in Gaza that allowed the abuses to occur, namely Israel’s bombing of police stations and prisons.

“This report, with all its details, is inaccurate and hastily-released, it lacks information and harms the policies of Hamas movement in Gaza Strip,” Barhoum told Al Jazeera. “We always aim at enforcing the law and respecting freedoms.”

Was it Israel’s operation in Gaza that allowed Hamas to execute ‘collaborators’ back in 2007?


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