The head of the US-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), a well-known NGO dealing with human rights seems to think that it’s justifiable for Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip to abduct Israeli soldiers.
Kenneth Roth, who heads up HRW, decided to send a very controversial tweet via his personal Twitter account which you can read for yourself below:
Can you tell if Hamas tunnel used to attack/capture combatant (IHL allows) or take hostage/attack civilian (illegal)? pic.twitter.com/HgVe8rAcN6
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 19, 2014
Why, oh why Kenneth would you think, in any realm, that it wasn’t a war crime for Hamas terrorists to abduct Israeli soldiers protecting their citizens through the recently discovered network of Hamas terror tunnels?
Perhaps Ken is getting bored of the whole human rights thing and is looking to become a Hamas member. His insane tweet suggests he is.
Any human rights group is surely familiar with Article 34 from the Geneva Convention which expressly clarifies that: “the taking of hostages is prohibited,” and that those defined as hostages includes: “persons…at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, (who) find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals,” as specified in Article 4.
And as far as The International Committee of the Red Cross is concerned the Geneva Convention also states:
“There is no indication that the offence is limited to taking civilians hostage. Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, the Statute of the International Criminal Court and the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages do not limit the offence to the taking of civilians, but apply it to the taking of any person.”
So where, oh where did Kenneth Roth come up with his crazy idea that Hamas abducting Israeli soldiers is not a war crime and, therefore, by suggestion, somehow acceptable?
The Hamas terror tunnels which Roth suggests aren’t so bad, were, in fact, built with concrete donated to Gaza meant for the building of hospitals and schools. They were built for the purposes of carrying out a mass murder of Israeli civilians, or their abduction so that they could be used as bargaining chips.
The fact that Hamas desperately tries to keep hold of the remains of dead Israeli soldiers, also to use as bargaining tools, is abhorrent in itself. The terrorists of Gaza don’t even respect other human beings enough to allow them a dignified burial after they have been killed fighting for their country.
Kenneth Roth, your Twitter account says it all and people now know exactly how you feel about human rights, depending on which “humans” they relate to.