Israel: Massacre of Palestinian Protesters in Gaza was a Calculated War Crime (HRW) | Informed Comment

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Both before and after the confrontations, senior officials publicly said that soldiers stationed along the barrier that separates Gaza and Israel had orders to target “instigators” and those who approach the border. However, the Israeli government presented no evidence that rock-throwing and other violence by some demonstrators seriously threatened Israeli soldiers across the border fence. The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms, coupled with the longstanding culture of impunity within the Israeli army for serious abuses.

via Israel: Massacre of Palestinian Protesters in Gaza was a Calculated War Crime (HRW) | Informed Comment

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