Friday, January 22, 2010

They Finally Found Use of 'Human Shields'

From the HRW 2009 World Report, chapter on Israel and the OPT (that's Occupied Palestinian Territories if you aren't aware)

"Palestinian armed groups unnecessarily placed Palestinian civilians at risk from retaliatory attacks by firing rockets from densely populated areas. Additionally, reports by news media and a nongovernmental organization indicate that in some cases, Palestinian armed groups intentionally hid behind civilians to unlawfully use them as shields to deter Israeli counter-attacks."

NGO-Monitor's Gerald Steinberg informed me, moreover,

Amnesty Arab-Israeli "expert", Donatella Rovera, stated that her report on Gaza did not mention the use by Hamas of human shields because no Palestinian witnesses reported this, but they did report the use of human shields by the IDF.

DR's most recent report.

And then there's this:

On August 23, 2005, I spoke with Donatella Rovera, who is AI’s researcher on Israel and the Occupied Territories and asked her to provide the data on which she had based her conclusion that violence against women had escalated to an “unprecedented level” during the occupation, and especially during its most militarized phase. I also asked her whether AI had compared violence against women in the occupied West Bank and Gaza with violence against women in unoccupied Arab-Muslim areas that have comparable populations, such as Jordan. Rovera acknowledged that AI could provide no such comparative data and confirmed that the report was based on anecdotal information, primarily from Palestinian NGOs. “We talk to anyone who would talk to us,” she said. When I asked her for a list of the NGO’s that were the sources of the information, she refused to provide them because “there are things we can simply not provide to outsiders.” I assured her that I was not interested in names or identifying features, but only in statistical data regarding the alleged trends cited in the report, but she still refused to provide anything more than a recommendation that we Google “pretty much all the NGOs” in the region. It is impossible under these circumstances for any outside researcher to replicate AI’s study and to confirm or disconfirm its conclusions.

I think DR is a human shield - for Arab terror, for Arab propaganda, for Arab hostility.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Quick, somebody tell Richard "Richard" Goldstone!