Study: No Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Thursday, February 05, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A survey by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC has determined that Israel committed no war crimes in its recent offensive against Hamas in Gaza, and that all accusations of Israeli violations of international law are little more than propaganda.

The report noted that Israel "deliberately used decisive force to enhance regional deterrence and demonstrate that it had restored its military edge," which are legitimate military objectives in line with international law considering the attacks on Israel emanating from Gaza.

CSIS released the study in response to a flood of war crimes accusations against Israel and efforts by human rights organizations to bring charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.

In the study those accusations against Israel were dismissed as "political efforts to manipulate the rules of war and humanitarian considerations" for propaganda purposes in order to "gain political leverage in this type of conflict."

The chief way of doing that is "exaggerating charges and numbers that cannot be validated by reliable data or methodology."

The Palestinians' job in effectively wielding such propaganda as a weapon against Israel is often made easier by the international media's willingness to accept Palestinian claims at face value.

Non-governmental human rights organizations also play a key role in this effort.

A survey released this week by the Jerusalem-based watchdog group NGO Monitor analyzed 500 statements made by 50 human rights groups during the 3-week Gaza war, and found them to be "characterized by overwhelming condemnation of Israel."

At the same time, those statements gave "minimal attention to Israeli human rights and casualties."

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