In a recent article in the Washington Post, Richard Goldstone noted that if he knew in 2008 what he knows now, the report bearing his name would have been written differently, specifically, the allegations that Israel was intentionally targeting Palestinian civilians:
Our report found evidence of potential war crimes and “possibly crimes against humanity” by both Israel and Hamas. That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.
The allegations of intentionality by Israel were based on the deaths of and injuries to civilians in situations where our fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion. While the investigations published by the Israeli military and recognized in the U.N. committee’s report have established the validity of some incidents that we investigated in cases involving individual soldiers, they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy.
As Goldstone notes, Hamas openly engages in war crimes by targeting children and civilians. This footage shows Hamas firing rockets into Israel for a civilian area.
After targeting the school bus that put a 16 year old boy into critical condition, Hamas committed another atrocity. They waited until the paramedics arrived, then opened fire with heavy weapons.
They picked their targets carefully, killing two Hamas gunmen and wounding seven other Palestinians.
Despite year after year of indiscriminate violence, or worse, the deliberate targeting of Israeli youth, little is done about the atrocities committed by Islamists against Israel, outside of Israel’s response, and that is met with international condemnation.
It is important for the world to recognize who is the true face of terror in the battle. Hint: they target school buses and children.