In a press statement released on April 11, Amnesty International USA (AI) called on Israel to end its "frequent, disproportionate and excessive use of force against Palestinians" and criticized Israel for the deaths of minors in recent operations in the Gaza strip. The press release cited the death of five-year old Bilal Abu al-Ein as an example of Israel’s use of "excessive force", but failed to mention that the child’s father, Eyad Abu Al-Ein, a senior commander of the Popular Resistance Committees (a terrorist group) and a bomb maker, brought his son and daughter to a terrorist camp to watch training exercises. Amnesty’s statement asserted that the men were not involved in "armed confrontation" when they were killed, implying that the IDF strike was gratuitous. AI also termed these attacks "extra-judicial assassinations" – repeating political claims in the guise of international law.



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