Letter to the editor of Ha’aretz, ”HRW and Adalah’s Petition to the Supreme Court Not Credible”, in response to "High Court to weigh probe on alleged IDF war crimes in Gaza", Yuval Yaoz, 15 April 2007, Ha’aretz
April 19, 2007
Adalah’s and Human Rights Watch‘s petition to the Supreme Court charging with war crimes during the 2004 Operation Rainbow is a clear political act. Their claims ignore the complex security situation in which the operates, and they have shown no clear method of determining motivations like "revenge" on a systematic basis.
Moreover, these organizations have a history of political bias, demonizing based on questionable methodology and false claims. During the Second Lebanon War, for example, HRW charged with "indiscriminate bombing" and "war crimes", ignoring Hezbollah’s documented use of human shields. And in a February 2007 submission to the UN, Adalah attributed racist motives to the Citizenship and Entry in Israel Law, ignoring the legitimate security concerns upon which the law was founded, as the Supreme Court has ruled.
This petition is another manifestation of Adalah’s and HRW‘s consistent politicization of the language of human rights and of the Israeli legal system in order to condemn without evidence.
Hillel H. Katchen