Thursday, May 26, 2005

Amnesty speaks....

From today's Jordan Times (link won't last past the week)

Amnesty accuses Israel, Palestinian groups of committing crimes against humanity

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Israeli soldiers operating in the West Bank and Gaza of committing war crimes, including unlawful killings, torture, destruction of property, obstruction of medical assistance and targeting of medical personnel.

The London-based human rights group's report for 2004 also condemned the deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians by Palestinian factions as a crime against humanity.

The report said that over the past year, Israeli forces killed more than 700 Palestinians, including 150 children. "Most were killed unlawfully — in reckless shooting, shelling and air strikes in civilian residential areas; in extrajudicial executions and as a result of excessive use of force," the report said. "Certain abuses committed by the Israeli army constituted crimes against humanity and war crimes." It added that Israeli restrictions on Palestinians' movements caused widespread poverty and unemployment, and that Israel had expanded illegal settlements.........

The article ties in well with the picture on the front page of yesterday's Jordan Times.


An elderly man expresses his fury after an Israeli bulldozer destroyed Palestinian cowsheds near the West Bank village of Idna, West of Hebron (AFP photo by Hazem Bader)

Tha above article and picture just go to show that it is not only the Palestinian's who are the 'bad guys'...but a combination of both sides inflaming the already diabolical situation.

The Beeb's report on Amnesty's annual report with a link to the full document. Jordan doesn't get off scot free either....


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