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***UN report says Israel used boy as human shield


The Associated Press  Published: March 23, 2009


GENEVA: Israeli soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield 
during the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, U.N. human rights experts said 


The Israeli Defense force ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being 
fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before 
them, said the U.N. secretary-general's envoy for protecting children in armed 


The boy also was told to open the bags of Palestinians — presumably to protect 
the soldiers from possible explosives — before being released at the entrance 
to a hospital, Radhika Coomaraswamy said.


She said the Jan. 15 incident, after Israeli tanks had rolled into the 
neighborhood and during "intense operations," was a violation of Israeli and 
international law.


It was included in a 43-page report published Monday, and was just one of many 
verified human rights atrocities during the three-week war between Israel and 
Hamas that ended Jan. 18, she said.


Coomaraswamy accused Israeli soldiers of shooting Palestinian children, 
bulldozing a home with a woman and child still inside, and shelling a building 
they had ordered civilians into a day earlier.


"Violations were reported on a daily basis, too numerous to list," said 
Coomaraswamy, who visited Gaza and Israel for five days in February.


Coomaraswamy said there also have been allegations that Hamas used human 
shields or fired from heavily populated areas, and that U.N. officials are 


Israel criticized the report as "unable or perhaps unwilling" to address Hamas 
rocket attacks from Gaza or the threat of terrorism, citing Saturday's failed 
attempt to explode a car bomb in a Haifa mall parking lot as the most recent 


"The report claims to examine Israel's actions while it willfully ignores and 
downplays the terrorist and other threats we face," Ambassador Aharon Leshno 
Yaar told the 47-nation Human Rights Council.


Leshno Yaar said terrorists use women and children as human shields when they 
launch attacks from schools, homes, hospitals and mosques. He did not address 
the report's specific allegation about the boy, but an army spokesman rejected 
the claim.


"We are an army to which morals and high ethical standards are paramount," said 
Capt. Elie Isaacson.


Coomaraswamy said her list of Israeli violations constituted "just a few 
examples of the hundreds of incidents that have been documented and verified" 
by U.N. officials who were in the territory.


She was the only one of the nine U.N. experts who compiled the report that was 
allowed into Gaza following the war. The experts covered issues ranging from 
health and hunger to women's rights and arbitrary executions.


The experts also noted reports that Hamas had committed other abuses. They said 
Hamas had been unwilling to investigate the allegations.


The report called for Israel to investigate human rights abuses that occurred 
during the conflict.


Last week Israel's military ordered a criminal inquiry into published reports 
from soldiers that some troops had knowingly killed Palestinian civilians, 
including children.




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