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Innocent Violence

March 12, 2011

Violence against innocence achieves nothing even if the other party’s actions are illegal under humanitarian law. All it does is fuel and escalate the violence. Sadly, five people, three of whom were children, became the latest victims.

A spokesman for Israeli police, Mickey Rosenfeld, and an Israel Defense Force spokesperson told Human Rights Watch that between 9 p.m. and midnight on March 11, 2011, one or more intruders killed two adults and three of their six children in their home in the Itamar settlement. Israeli media reported that the children were boys aged 3 and 11, and a one-month-old girl, and that an older daughter, 12, discovered the bodies in their beds when she returned home at 12:30 a.m.

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