Amnesty gives the Israel and the US an F

Yesterday, Amnesty International published a report dealing with Israel and the Occupied Territories. It is a very comprehensive report and is a must read.

Ynet published THIS about the Report, without comment. The Jerusalem Post made an attempt at comment, but not much could be said to counter what Amnesty had to say. Israel’s response has been to ignore the report. Apart from that, the first thing Israeli forces did was arrest 30 leading members of Hamas, including government ministers.

Amnesty International accused both Israel and Hezbollah on Wednesday of committing war crimes during the Second Lebanon War last summer, saying both were guilty of indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas.

Looking at ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES section is very revealing.

Increased violence between Israelis and Palestinians resulted in a threefold increase in killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces. The number of Israelis killed by Palestinian armed groups diminished by half.

Some 650 Palestinians, half of them unarmed civilians and including some 120 children, were killed by Israeli forces. This toll was a threefold increase compared with 2005 (i.e before Hams came to power).

Amnesty were equally scathing of the US.

Amnesty slams US for trampling on human rights

AMNESTY International yesterday launched a scathing attack on the United States, accusing it of trampling on human rights, and using the world as “a giant battlefield” in its “war on terror”.

The human rights group charged that the war in Iraq and the politics of fear being spread by the administration of US President George W Bush around the globe were fuelling deep international divisions.

Washington was also guilty of “breathtakingly shameless” double speak, claiming to be promoting human rights while at the same time brazenly flouting international law, the London-based group claimed in its 2007 annual report.

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