Human Rights Watch Report on Israel and Palestine

By Powell, Sara | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May/June 2006 | Go to article overview

Human Rights Watch Report on Israel and Palestine


Powell, Sara, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Middle East Division, discussed "Israel and Palestine: The 2006 Human Rights Watch Report"at the Palestine Center in Washington, DC on March 14, to a full house. The fundamental considerations of HRW, Stork said, are the Geneva Conventions and international treaties. The laws of war as codified in the former have applied to Israel and Palestine not just during the past five years of the second intifada, he explained, but previously as well, because Palestine has been considered to be under belligerent military occupation since 1967. HRW does not take positions on whether or not any specific group should take up arms, Stork noted, but instead monitors how armed groups behave. He further stipulated that HRW does not take positions on peace treaties, except insofar as they address human rights violations.

Turning to the 2005 report, Stork observed that the patterns of conflict between Israel and Palestine had not changed-that the casualties on both sides comprised mostly civilians, and that most casualties were Palestinian. Not every civilian death constituted a human rights violation, he pointed out, but the specific targeting of civilians and/or the use of indiscriminate force or weaponry were violations of human rights. "Targeted killing is a war crime," he stated.

Stork noted that the use of lethal force in non-armed situations was a violation common in Israel and Palestine. He went on to explain that the Israeli army functioned as both an army and a police force, and that manning a checkpoint or enforcing a curfew were policing duties, with stricter international injunctions against lethal force. …

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