#147, Bruce - collateral damage not magic term - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Don Boston
    • 28.10.09 | 15:20 (IST)

    Yes, all wars are terrifying, but Goldstone finds that the IDF deliberately timed and planned its attacks to terrorize civilians as punishment for electing Hamas. This is an allegation that should be tried in court. Collateral damage is a dangerous term. Some is unavoidable, but combatants have a duty to minimize them. There is no excuse for attacking hospitals, schools or UN compounds unless artillery or other heavy weapons are being used from there. Simply avoid them such that they have to move for small arms to be effective. I've heard no suggestion of anything but small arms fire from the prohibited targets. The real questions here include whether all practical means are employed to reduce collateral damage, whether there is intent to kill or terrorize civilians, the nature of the targets (e.g. hospitals), deliberate endangering of civilian human shields and the use of prohibited weapons. These are questions to be addressed by a court with sworn witnesses

    from the article: Lawyers in EU draw up list of alleged IDF war criminals
    First published 01:36 27.10.09 | Last updated 18:34 27.10.09
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