Israeli think tank paper details Hamas war crimes

A Qassam rocket is displayed in Sderot town hall against a background of pictures of residents killed in Palestinian rocket attacks. Credit: Tom Spender via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Hamas’s actions in its conflict with Israel in recent days constitute war crimes, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) said in "Operation Protective Edge and International Law," a position paper published Wednesday.

“Rocket attacks against unprotected Israeli civilians who do not pose a concrete military threat are a clear violation of international law and impose individual criminal responsibility on the perpetrators of the launchings,” the paper said.

The document argued that it was permissible for Israel to attack civilian structures that Hamas had turned into weapons storehouses and meeting places if there was proof that they were being used for military purposes and if their destruction would give Israel a clear military advantage.

The position paper was signed by IDI President Yohanan Plesner, a former Knesset member from the Kadima party; his deputy, Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer; and attorney Eli Bahar, a former legal adviser to Israel's Shin Bet security agency.

Posted on July 17, 2014 .