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White Flag

August 14, 2009

If you wave a white flag in Israel, be prepared to have a soldier shoot at you. That appears to be the norm based on a new report from Human Rights Watch that documents allegations that Israeli soldiers shot unarmed civilians waving white flags during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.

According to one victim, a grandmother of two girls who were killed, “We spent seven to nine minutes waving the flags, and our faces were looking at them [the soldiers] and suddenly they opened fire and the girls fell to the ground.”

The fourth Geneva Convention prohibits “violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture” to “persons taking no active part in the hostilities.” Violation of the Geneva Conventions is a war crime and those who are guilty should be punished under international law.

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