It is not every day that Human Rights Watch (HRW) comes out with a report that accurately highlights Hamas war crimes against
The tragic story of Manee Singmueangphon , a Thai migrant worker who was killed when a rocket struck an Israeli greenhouse north of
Indeed, almost no western leader or human rights organization directed words of condemnation to the Islamic terrorists who fired the rockets that killed Manee, a 33-year old husband and father with children back in Thailand, and sent shock waves among his fellow Thai and Nepalese workers. In an interview with Sderot Media Center, a friend and coworker of Manee indicated that the rocket attack made him question whether working in
Over 70 people around the site of the rocket attack sought therapy treatment for shock and trauma, including 20 workers from Sderot.
Those foreign officials who did voice condemnation glazed over very general statements that held no one in
Indeed, is 'unacceptable 'really the most appropriate term to describe the murder of another human being at the hand of radical Islamic terrorists? And is it morally right to allow the Hamas government that controls the area in which the rocket was launched to get away with so not so much as a finger wagging from the global community?
If the Thai national would have been killed in
Human Rights Watch, however, made it clear in its March 19 report titled Gaza: End Impunity for Indiscriminate Rocket Attacks, that Hamas bared sole responsibility for violating laws of war. "Hamas as the de facto authority in
The HRW report stated that "deliberate or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are serious violations of the laws of war. Such attacks committed willfully, that is, intentionally or recklessly, are war crimes that are subject to criminal prosecution."
Ansar al-Sunna, the al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group initially took responsibility for the attack, citing that the rocket fire was in response to
Interestingly, the so called more moderate Fatah's military wing, the Al Aqsa Brigades, also claimed responsibility for the attack.
These statements, however, did not faze Human Rights Watch. Stork called such explanations a "diversion." "The laws of war never permit indiscriminate attacks regardless of the conduct of the other side," he stated.
In general, the Western's world attitude of toleration towards Islamic terrorists and terrorism has become a very worrying phenomenon. The killing of the Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in
The fact that al-Mabhouh was key to moving arms made or funded by Iranian government to Hamas in Gaza, or for his role in the 1989 kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers, did not elicit any signs of outrage in a world where Islamic terrorists are not often brought to justice.
The underlying result of al-Mabhouh's death is that a dangerous terrorist, abetting the radical Islamic jihadist organization, Hamas, which is responsible for thousands of Israeli civilian deaths and injuries, is no longer a threat to humanity. Britian,
In order for terrorism to abate, the anger and words of condemnation and action need to be directed at those terrorists who commit these heinous acts. World leaders both in Europe and the West need to look beyond Islamic jihadist rhetoric and take a firm stand against Islamic terrorists whether it be in Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Afganistan, Iran, Somalia and other areas, where women and children remain their constant targets.
It is time that the Western community begins to understand
As long as the world tolerates those Islamic jihadists who fire rockets against innocent Israeli civilians and accepts their legitimization for it, terrorism will continue to strike innocent civilians everywhere. The killing of Manee Singmueangphon by a
Anav Silverman is the International Correspondent for
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