With zero accountability, Israeli military unlawfully attacking innocent civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza

Adalah: Israel demonstrates continued unwillingness to investigate its actions in a long series of suspected war crimes and attacks on Gaza.

In light of the current escalation and the exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza over the course of the past 48 hours, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel again warns that the Israeli military has consistently failed to conduct genuine investigations into its suspected violations of international law.


Adalah responded Sunday afternoon to the latest escalation of violence:


"As we pointed out in 2009, in 2014, and during the 2018 March of Return protests, the Israeli military consistently refuses to open investigations and prosecute those suspected of responsibility for the killings of unarmed civilians in Gaza. A series of United Nations investigations have repeatedly determined that Israel is suspected of war crimes but these consistent conclusions have had no effect on Israel's conduct. Israel continues to operate unchecked and – as we have seen in the last 48 hours – aims its weapons at Gaza’s unarmed civilian population and civilian infrastructure in violation of the laws of war and international humanitarian law."


The Israeli military carries out airstrikes in northern Gaza on 14 May 2018. (Archive photo by Mati Milstein)


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