CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli NGO (non-governmental organization) launched a counter-attack against international calls to charge the nation's leaders with war crimes for Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.
In a letter to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, the Israel Law Center asked the State to charge Hamas members with crimes against humanity for targeting civilians with Kassam rockets, Grad missiles and mortar shells.
These charges, the NGO contends, encompass such crimes as murder, membership in a terrorist organization, possession of illegal weapons, and the like.
"As the Europeans, the Arab states and the United Nations are calling for an investigation of the IDF's actions in Gaza, Israel must ride the same wave and bring to trial the Hamas members who were caught for war crimes and crimes against humanity," the letter stated.
"In the year 2008 alone, thousands of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip against innocent Israeli civilians. Israel has an ethical obligation to try Hamas activists who attacked civilian targets and to show the world that Hamas's rocket attacks constituted war crimes carried out during this war," it stated.
On the same day, Italy's Corriere della Serra featured a report by a senior journalist who wrote that during the Gaza op, Hamas gunmen used civilians as human shields, disguised militiamen as medics, commandeered ambulances, and opened fire from inside UN buildings.
Source: The Jerusalem Post