Israeli Attorney General rebuts NGO charges of war crimes in 2006 Lebanon War
Israeli Attorney General rebuts NGO charges of ‘war crimes’ in 2006 Lebanon War
As reported in articles December 18, 2007 in The Jerusalem Post and Ynet (Yidiyot Acheronot), Attorney General Menahem Mazuz’s official statement to the Winograd Committee affirmed that Israel did not violate international law in the Qana bombing on July 30, 2006, nor is Israel guilty of war crimes or the use of "disproportionate force." His testimony refutes claims made by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and numerous other human rights organizations during and after the conflict. (NGO Monitor’s submission to the Winograd Commission, which is examining Israel’s conduct during the Second Lebanon War, highlighted NGO exploitation of human rights rhetoric and international law to promote a politicized anti-Israel agenda).
In a July 30, 2007 op-ed entitled ‘Lebanon-Qana Killings: One Year On‘, Human Rights Watch repeated their earlier claims that Israel "violated the duty to distinguish at all times between civilians and combatants. Ordering indiscriminate fire in such circumstances is a war crime." Similarly, Amnesty International concluded in its November 2006 report, ‘Out of All Proportion‘, that according to its "findings on the ground", including at the Qana site, "Israeli forces committed serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including war crimes. In particular…Israeli forces carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on a large scale."
Regarding Qana, Mazuz stated that,
In an August 2006 article in the Wall Street Journal, International Law professor Orde Kittrie, presented the main legal issues regarding the Qana incident: