What the MSM will notice this in Amnesty International Report on Gaza

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What the MSM will notice this in Amnesty International Report on Gaza

Every now and then Amnesty Inter­na­tional notices the things that some of us have been high­light­ing for a while:

A lead­ing inter­na­tional watch­dog on Wednes­day accused the mil­i­tant Hamas group of abduct­ing, tor­tur­ing and killing Pales­tini­ans dur­ing the war in the Gaza Strip last year, say­ing some of the actions amount to war crimes.
Amnesty Inter­na­tional detailed the abuses in a report enti­tled “Stran­gling Necks’: Abduc­tion, tor­ture and sum­mary killings of Pales­tini­ans by Hamas forces dur­ing the 2014 Gaza/​Israel con­flict.“
Accord­ing to the London-​based human rights group, some 23 Pales­tini­ans were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tor­tured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Pales­tini­ans tar­geted were either polit­i­cal rivals of Hamas, includ­ing mem­bers of the Fatah party of Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Abbas, or peo­ple the mil­i­tant group had accused of coop­er­at­ing with Israel, Amnesty said.

the report notes exe­cu­tions and beat­ings such as this:

While I was there Inter­nal Secu­rity came to the house and knocked loudly at the door; a rel­a­tive told them no one was home and the fam­ily was in Gaza City at their brother’s home. I went down­stairs to see what was hap­pen­ing and two men took me into a Mit­subishi car. They said they were from Inter­nal Secu­rity and I was wanted for questioning.

I sat in the back seat between two of them. They put a blind­fold on me and a pis­tol to my head and told me not to raise my head. I don’t know where they took me; it seemed far away and they kept going around in cir­cles with the car.

They asked if I knew why I had been taken. When I said I did not, they said, “Now you will find out”, and started
beat­ing me. I was taken down steps to what seemed like a ground floor, where I was beaten for about half an hour while my hands were tied with rope. Some­one else came and said I was to be brought upstairs, so I was taken to either the sec­ond or third floor, as we went up steps. Upstairs, I was hung by the legs and hand­cuffed and beaten.

Finally, some­one said, “He does not want to con­fess, hang him up.” They hung my legs from the ceil­ing while I was hand­cuffed, then beaten with metal bars and pipes. I was accused of using and deal­ing the drug Tra­mal [a painkiller], and also of using and deal­ing in hashish and procur­ing women. I would not con­fess to any of the charges.

But while the report strongly and rightly hits Hamas, Amnesty being Amnesty reserves a strong cri­tique of Israel in the 2nd & third para­graphs of the exec­u­tive summary.

For a strange rea­son I sus­pect our friends in the press (you know the once who aren’t notic­ing the rock­ets being fired at Israel this week will be much more inter­ested in report­ing those para­graphs than the rest of the 40+ pages of the report, par­tic­u­larly since they need not fear for their phys­i­cal safety for press attacks on Israel.

Elder of Ziyon sees Amnesty’s report as sim­ply another means to make demands of Israel:

What does this have to do with the sub­ject of the report?

Under the excuse of allow­ing any UN or inter­na­tional inves­ti­ga­tion into Hamas activ­ity — inves­ti­ga­tions that sim­ply will never hap­pen — Amnesty is demand­ing that Israel open itself up to biased pros­e­cu­tions, for exam­ple under the Rome Statute that includes text writ­ten specif­i­cally to damn Israel and no other coun­try.

Amnesty isn’t inter­ested in jus­tice for Hamas. It wants to use Hamas as a fig-​leaf to issue more ulti­ma­tums against Israel.

That sounds about right.

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Every now and then Amnesty International notices the things that some of us have been highlighting for a while:

A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.
Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled “Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict.”
According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said.

the report notes executions and beatings such as this:

While I was there Internal Security came to the house and knocked loudly at the door; a relative told them no one was home and the family was in Gaza City at their brother’s home. I went downstairs to see what was happening and two men took me into a Mitsubishi car. They said they were from Internal Security and I was wanted for questioning.

I sat in the back seat between two of them. They put a blindfold on me and a pistol to my head and told me not to raise my head. I don’t know where they took me; it seemed far away and they kept going around in circles with the car.

They asked if I knew why I had been taken. When I said I did not, they said, “Now you will find out”, and started
beating me. I was taken down steps to what seemed like a ground floor, where I was beaten for about half an hour while my hands were tied with rope. Someone else came and said I was to be brought upstairs, so I was taken to either the second or third floor, as we went up steps. Upstairs, I was hung by the legs and handcuffed and beaten.

Finally, someone said, “He does not want to confess, hang him up.” They hung my legs from the ceiling while I was handcuffed, then beaten with metal bars and pipes. I was accused of using and dealing the drug Tramal [a painkiller], and also of using and dealing in hashish and procuring women. I would not confess to any of the charges.

But while the report strongly and rightly hits Hamas, Amnesty being Amnesty reserves a strong critique of Israel in the 2nd & third paragraphs of the executive summary.

For a strange reason I suspect our friends in the press (you know the once who aren’t noticing the rockets being fired at Israel this week will be much more interested in reporting those paragraphs than the rest of the 40+ pages of the report, particularly since they need not fear for their physical safety for press attacks on Israel.

Elder of Ziyon sees Amnesty’s report as simply another means to make demands of Israel:

What does this have to do with the subject of the report?

Under the excuse of allowing any UN or international investigation into Hamas activity – investigations that simply will never happen – Amnesty is demanding that Israel open itself up to biased prosecutions, for example under the Rome Statute that includes text written specifically to damn Israel and no other country.

Amnesty isn’t interested in justice for Hamas. It wants to use Hamas as a fig-leaf to issue more ultimatums against Israel.

That sounds about right.

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My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand

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