Gaza conflict 2014: ‘War crimes by both sides’ – UN

Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, UN investigators have said.

In a long-awaited report, the UN team said there was evidence of “serious violations” by both sides.

Israel dismissed the investigation as “politically motivated and morally flawed”, while Hamas said it wrongly equated “the victim and executioner”.

The conflict lasted for 50 days between July and August, and ended in a truce.

On the Palestinian side, 2,251 people, of whom 1,462 were civilians, were killed, the report said. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with six civilians, it noted.

  • andycanuck

    It’s almost as if one side uses human shields and the other doesn’t!

    • Exile1981

      I’m surprised that the committee actually spoke harshly against the PLO. I also find it interesting that they based their whole investigation off of information given to it by Hamas and never confirmed the number of deaths or the distribution between civilians and military. That does not give me any faith in the accuracy of the report if the data used is known to be highly suspect and false.

  • The__Hammer

    Well they are half right

  • ntt1

    Did they include all the UNRAworkers herniated while helping to move and stack fakestinian missiles?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    From Psalm 2:

    Why are the nations in an uproar?
    And why do the peoples mutter in vain?
    The kings of the earth stand up,
    And the rulers take counsel together
    Against God and His anointed.
    “Let us break their bands asunder.
    Let us cast away their cords from us.”
    From on high, God is laughing at them.
    He holds them in derision,
    Then He will affright them with His sore displeasure.
    “Truly it is I who have established My sovereign
    Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

    • just a thought

      Exactly. It, as well as some other Psalms, describe what’s happening now to the letter. And from Psalm 120.

      “5 – Woe is to me for I have sojourned in Meshech; I dwelt among the tents of Kedar.
      6 – For a long time, my soul dwelt with those who hate peace.
      7 – I am at peace, but when I speak, they [come] to [wage] war.

      Etc., etc.

  • Scaramouche

    Hamas purposely and purposefully forces Israel to commit “war crimes” by placing its armaments and jihadi fighters among civilians, in homes, hospitals and schools. That being so, maybe it’s time for to rewrite the rules of what constitutes a war crime instead of accusing Israel of perpetrating them every single freaking time.

    What would the UN have Israel do? Suck it up and take Hamas’s incoming missiles–and submit to Hamas attacks via its no-longer-secret secret tunnels without response? Would it make that requirement–that it drop the right to defend itself–of any other nation?

    • just a thought


      By placing it’s fighters terrorists and their implements of destruction in civilian areas, our Arab enemy is committing “perfidy,” a long recognized and well defined war crime. International law does NOT ascribe guilt to those who cause civilian damage in those cases. By doing so, the UN is rewriting international law to DELIBERATELY single out Israel as the guilty party, where it does not do this in any other case that I’m aware of, unless it’s some group they are also biased against.

      See here for an introduction.

      • just a thought

        (Do not ascribe guilt to those who cause civilian damage by defending themselves against those committing perfidy) that is.

  • Withdraw from the UN today.

  • Everyone Else

    CBC radio The National had a report this evening by Sasha Petricik in which he chose to talk about the 4 boys playing soccer on a beach who got killed. If I only listened to CBC I’d hate Israel, and I’d want Iran to nuke it.