Israelis at Harvard try to bring down former IDF chief

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 |  by Ryan Jones

Israelis are among those behind a campaign to bring fellow Harvard University student and former Israeli army chief Dan Halutz to trial for alleged war crimes during last summer's Lebanon war.

The group, which is made up of pro-Palestinian and other anti-Israel activists, began on Tuesday to hang "Wanted" posters around campus that accuse Halutz of ordering the indiscriminate slaughter of Lebanese civilians during the conflict with Hizballah.

The jets and artillery under Halutz's command "bombed houses and hospitals, ambulances and airports, refineries and roads," read the posters. "The atrocities committed under his command were condemned worldwide as war crimes."

What was left out was the fact that Hizballah used built up civilian areas as cover for its massive rocket fire on northern Israel, a practice that was also condemned by United Nations officials. The posters also failed to explain that the war was instigated by Hizballah.

Despite the fact that international law protects Israel's right to retaliate against its aggressors, even if the latter are hiding among civilians, the students insisted that Halutz be brought before the International Criminal Court.

The group went on to criticize Harvard for allowing Halutz to "hide out" and "pad his resume" at the prestigious institution.

Halutz stepped down as head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in January of this year amid public outrage over Israel's failure to achieve its military goals against the Lebanese terror group.

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