Friday, February 8, 2008

HRW: Israel’s Energy Cuts Violate Laws of War - Attacks by Palestinian Armed Groups No Excuse for Collective Punishment

From Human Rights Watch:
Israel’s cuts of fuel and electricity to Gaza, set to escalate today, amount to collective punishment of the civilian population, and violate Israel’s obligations under the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today.

“Israel views restricting fuel and electricity to Gaza as a way to pressure Palestinian armed groups to stop their rocket and suicide attacks,” said Joe Stork, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “But the cuts are seriously affecting civilians who have nothing to do with these armed groups, and that violates a fundamental principle of the laws of war.”
Read the entire statement here >