NGO Monitor says B’Tselem report on Gaza operation distorts international law

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(JNS.org) The watchdog group NGO Monitor has found
that the latest report from the activist group B’Tselem on Israel’s November 2012 Operation Pillar of
Defense has a “number of
fundamental distortions of international law.”

The B’Tselem report, released May 8, “raises suspicion” that
the Israeli military “violated International Humanitarian Law (IHL).” B’Tselem claims
that its top concerns of Israel’s conduct were the “lack of effective advance
notice of an impending attack and an unacceptably broad definition of what
constitutes a ‘legitimate target.’”

NGO Monitor, however, pointed out that B’Tselem “has no
knowledge of why any sites were targeted and therefore cannot draw conclusions
relating to military necessity.” NGO Monitor also said B’Tselem admits it has
“central methodological limitations” in its ability to gather data on Israel’s
operations Gaza. Specifically, “B’Tselem acknowledges that it ‘is unable to
investigate the lawfulness of each and every military strike during the
operation,’” according to NGO Monitor.

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Source: JNS.org

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