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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? (Part 5)

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Norman G. FinkelsteinNew York, USA
Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? (Part 5)
A forensic analysis of Amnesty's reports on Operation Protective Edge

Amnesty’s biased evidentiary approach is also manifest in Families under the Rubble, which examines targeted Israeli attacks on inhabited civilian homes. It does find that the eight attacks on which it focused were on various grounds unlawful and possibly war crimes. However, although it asserts that “the onus is on Israel to provide information concerning the attacks and their intended targets,” and although Israel itself “made no statement about who or what was being targeted, or even acknowledged that it carried out these particular attacks, ” Amnesty bizarrely takes upon itself the task of ferreting out legitimate Israeli pretexts for each murderous assault. It repeatedly speculates, often on the flimsiest of grounds, that Israel targeted this or that civilian dwelling because a Hamas militant might have been hiding inside (see Table 3).


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