Israel continues silence on its murder of Fadel Shana, Reuters cameraman.

Reuters continued to press for Israel’s explanation of its murder of Fadel Shana 5 weeks ago.  Shana was a cameraman for Reuters and was apparently murdered in cold blood. 

The Israeli government should conduct an immediate and independent investigation into the deaths of four civilians, including a Reuters cameraman and two teenage boys, in Gaza on April 16, 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch’s investigations at the site found evidence suggesting that an Israeli tank crew fired recklessly or deliberately at the journalist’s team.


“Israeli soldiers did not make sure they were aiming at a military target before firing, and there is evidence suggesting they actually targeted the journalists,” said Joe Stork, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Israel should investigate these deaths and, if crimes were committed, hold to account those responsible.”

Three other individuals were killed in the same attack including a 14 year old boy.  I post this story for two reasons.  The first, to point out the evil embodied in Israel’s policy towards Palestine.  The second, to proclaim peace and renounce war, to say to all that we must lay down our weapons of war or the judgements of God will soon be upon us.  War is such an empty endeavor.

Al Mazen has issued a report stating the following:

Due to the severity of the attack, Al Mezan believes that the IOF deliberately killed Shana’a since two missies landed in the area less than five minutes apart. The car was marked PRESS clearly and Shana’a was wearing a vest with PRESS written on it. The IOF has high-tech means of monitoring the area and can recognize the people before launching attacks. Also the television camera was clear and the crew was working in an open area in daylight.

This attack is a gross violation of the principles of human rights, particularly Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It also constitutes a gross violation of the rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which ensures protection for journalist in time of war, who are considered civilians. According to Article 79 from the First Additional Protocol of the Geneva Convention (1949) concerning the Protection of Civilians in the Time of War stipulates the following protections for journalists:

1. Journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians.

2. They shall be protected as such under the Conventions and this Protocol, provided that they take no action adversely affecting their status as civilians, and without prejudice to the right of war correspondents accredited to the armed forces.

The Reuters news agency has challenged the Israeli military to explain why it killed one of its cameramen in Gaza five weeks ago.

They say they have been forced to restrict their coverage there, following the death of Fadel Shana who filmed his final moments when an Israeli tank opened fire.

At first, Shana’s graphic video showed a seemingly peaceful countryside.

As the footage plays on, tanks can be seen in the distance and children can be heard playing near the cameraman.

There appears to be nothing of any significance happening until a puff of smoke and a flash are briefly seen, and then the camera goes blank.

The Israeli tank had fired a bomb packed with thousands of little darts that formed a lethal shower.

A friend and colleague screamed and screamed while he filmed the aftermath.

Nine bodies were strewn across the road in pools of blood and a media vehicle was on fire.

It is believed the Israeli tank killed the man on purpose.

Colleagues are aghast at the incident, one stating that the man was clearly identifiable as a member of the press from his attire.


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