Lebanon War Distortions

(Ynet News) Abraham Bell and Gerald M. Steinberg - This summer marks the five-year anniversary of the Lebanon war between Israel and the Lebanese-Iranian terrorist organization Hizbullah, which saw a flood of false accusations against Israel of "war crimes," "indiscriminate and disproportionate" force, and "violations of international law." Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International - ostensibly neutral watchdogs - issued over 40 press releases, statements and pseudo fact-finding reports largely ignoring the war crimes committed by Hizbullah and instead focusing overwhelmingly and negatively on alleged Israeli crimes. A multi-year study of all the HRW and Amnesty allegations regarding the 2006 Lebanon war reveals major contradictions as well as numerous unsupported charges, double standards and false or invented "evidence." Errors were overwhelmingly in one direction; almost without fail, errors consisted of exaggerated Lebanese casualties or unfounded accusations against Israel. Justice will only truly be served when the NGOs are held accountable for their distortions. Abraham Bell is professor of law and Gerald Steinberg is professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University.

2011-08-05 00:00:00

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