Human Rights Watch issued a July 5 press release calling for the release of Israeli prisoners in Gaza and Lebanon, as well as for Israel to release Hamas legislators and ministers “taken in reprisal.” The call to release Israeli prisoners came a few days after Hamas aired a tape on the one-year anniversary of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s capture, and a few days after HRW issued a report blaming Palestinians for missile fire from Gaza as well as Israel’s response; HRW accused both sides of committing “war crimes”.