[M]embers of the Palestinian resistance continue to store explosives or to treat such explosives in locations close to populated areas. This poses a major threat to the lives of the Palestinian civilians and constitutes a violation of both International Human Rights Law and the International Humanitarian Law.The PCHR laments that such activities pose a threat to "Palestinians and their property."
The New York Times called the condemnation "unusual." Perhaps. But Bruce Kesler at Maggie's Farm spots the dog that didn't bark:
What’s missing from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights criticism, and from the New York Times report?The attacks from Gaza hardly are a secret. Even the notoriously anti-Israeli Human Rights Watch called the rocket attacks on Israel "violations of the laws of war." But somehow the Times ignores the obvious: the explosives stored in Gaza are being lobbed at Israel. The PCHR doesn't fault the terrorists for killing unarmed Israeli civilians, which is the real story.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights doesn’t condemn the rocket and mortar firing into Israel, and the New York Times doesn’t mention that.
The increased import of longer-range rockets into Gaza now land in the large city of Beersheba, and, as seen in the latest firings last week, now puts the southern area of Tel Aviv and Israel’s major port at Ashdod into range. They may soon reach to Jerusalem.
The Times isn't alone--Reuters recently published this puzzler about a bus-stop bombing in Jerusalem:
Police said it was a "terrorist attack" -- Israel's term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first time Jerusalem had been hit by such a bomb since 2004.As the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg observes:
Those Israelis and their crazy terms! I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a "terrorist attack"? Who are they kidding? Everyone knows that a fatal bombing of Israeli civilians should be referred to as a "teachable moment." Or as a "venting of certain frustrations." Or as "an understandable reaction to Jewish perfidy." Or perhaps as "a very special episode of 'Cheers.'" Anything but "a terrorist attack." I suppose Reuters will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by referring to the attacks as "an exercise in urban renewal."Hamas doesn't need official spokesmen: they have the mainstream media.