Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Will "Amnesty" Be Israel's Next Target?

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in Lebanon campaign

In a report to be released Wednesday, Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes, saying it broke international law by deliberately destroying Lebanon's civilian infrastructure during its recent war with Hezbollah guerrillas.

The human rights group said initial evidence, including the pattern and scope of the Israeli attacks, high number of civilian casualties, widespread damage and statements by Israeli officials "indicate that such destruction was deliberate and part of a military strategy, rather than 'collateral damage.'"

Amnesty International said it would address Hezbollah's attacks on Israel separately.

A senior Israeli government official, in Jerusalem, said his country acted legally.
"Israel conformed to every international law. We had attorneys in every meeting, everything we did along the way we fully explored international law," said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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