A report to the UN Human Rights Council on Israel’s shelling of Beit Hanoun in Gaza almost two years ago says it may have been a war crime.
The report compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu casts doubt on Israel’s explanation that the shelling resulted from a flawed artillery firing system.
It calls on Israel to pay compensation to the victims, 19 of whom were killed.
Archbishop Tutu went to Beit Hanoun in May, after objections by Israel delayed his mission several times.
The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the South African cleric’s report contains horrific testimony from survivors of the shelling.
Posted September 15, 2008 by Jason Ditz from AntiWar, here.
Early this morning, US helicopters crossed the border into Pakistan’s South Waziristan Agency and attempted to land in Angor Adda, in a raid reminiscent of September 3rd’s unprecedented attack by US helicopters and ground forces in the same region, which killed 20 civilians. This was seen as the beginning of America’s so-called “gloves are off” strategy of escalating attacks along the Pakistani border. But this incident ended quite differently from the previous raid.
For the Constitution, for the country, for the future. No President, no President, should ever be handed the kind of Unitary Executive Power that David Addington and Richard Cheney have created while Congress was asleep at the wheel. Not McCain nor Obama nor Palin or Biden. None of them have the strength of character to roll back this unconstitutional authority the current administration has created. Only we can do that. Noone should be “trusted” with powers that the founders of this nation gave the Executive Branch. We were warned by those same founders, and we must take those warnings very seriously regardless of political party.
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(Both Obama and McCain support Georgia and call for financial and military support for them due to the “attack” from Russia. But all the evidence now shows that Georgia attacked it’s own people in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, and killed several Russian Peacekeepers in the process. Have either backed off from their original warmongering claims?)
By Brian Rohan from Reuters story here.
PARIS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had long planned a military strike to seize back the breakaway region of South Ossetia but executed it poorly, making it easy for Russia to retaliate, Saakashvili’s former defence minister said.