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US & Europe shielding Israel from war crimes

27 May 2010 8:52

Amnesty International complained in its annual report released Wednesday that the U.S. and members of the European Union had obstructed international justice by using their positions on the UN Security Council to shield the Zionist entity from accountability for war crimes committed during last year’s Gaza war.

The rights group also accused the Zionist entity of continually violating human rights in the Gaza Strip. It cited the Zionist entity’s ongoing blockade as violating international law, leaving Gaza residents without adequate food or water supplies

In the 2009 report, Amnesty lauded a United Nations commissioned report released last year by South African justice Richard Goldstone for highlighting the Zionist entity violations during the war in Gaza. Goldstone’s findings found Israel guilty of war crimes during the its war on Gaza.

“Israeli forces committed war crimes and other serious breaches of international law in the Gaza Strip during a 22-day military offensive codenamed Operation “Cast Lead” that ended on 18 January (2009),” the rights group said.

“Among other things, they carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians, targeted and killed medical staff, used Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields’, and indiscriminately fired white phosphorus over densely populated residential areas,” it added. “More than 1,380 Palestinians, including over 330 children and hundreds of other civilians, were killed.”

The group’s report listed examples of war crimes committed by Zionist forces.

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