Wednesday, July 23, 2003

IDF crimes

Ha'aretz reports that the ICC "will not be prosecuting crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces' soldiers in the [occupied] territories."

In related news, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, Israel's leading civil rights group, has released its annual report which accuses the IDF of "cruel and sadistic behavior against Palestinians over the past year."

The multitude of civil rights violations by Israeli soldiers, the group charges, "arise not from any operational necessity, but from hard-heartedness of soldiers, who receive from above the message of utter disregard for the dignity, freedom and lives of innocent Palestinians.''