Israel slams 'fundamentally flawed' Amnesty report accusing IDF of Gaza war crimes

July 29, 2015 11:43


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The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed the Amnesty International report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in last year's Gaza conflict, calling it “fundamentally flawed” in its methodologies, facts, legal analysis and conclusions, and saying it created the impression that “the IDF was fighting against itself.”

The ministry issued a statement saying that despite abundant evidence, Amnesty does not describe the “heinous strategy” of the terrorist organizations that Israel was fighting to “embed their military operations within the civilian environment, and to fire at the IDF and Israel’s civilian population from behind the civilian population.”

The statement said that Amnesty also built a false narrative, claiming that four days of IDF military operations were in response to the killing and kidnapping of one IDF soldier, ignoring the fact that there was an ongoing conflict during which the IDF was trying to stop rocket fire and neutralize assault tunnels.

“The methodology that the report is based upon is also fundamentally flawed , and brings into serious question Amnesty’s professional standards,” the statement said, citing the report’s dependence on “uncorroborated testimonies” of Palestinians and unidentified “fieldworkers.”

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