Following on from our post about William Crawley and his “Sunday Sequence” radio programme of yesterday, during which he implied/asserted that Israel uses “human shields,” here is an ad verbatim quote from the man himself and a response from one of the contributors to the discussion, Mr.Anthony Julius.
William Crawley, ” On that basis, what kind of evidence would be necessary to demonstrate in some legal venue that a war crime has been carried out. For example, we’ve seen in the past the use of human shields. Now the Israeli Supreme Court has outlawed that, the IDF say they don’t do that, even though in the past they acknowledge that has happened.
It’s happened on both sides in the past, it may even be happening right now.
Anthony Julius responds, ” Sorry, hang on one second, so far as I’m aware, Israel has never been accused of using its civilian population to protect its fighters……
William Crawley again, ” No, but it’s been accused of using Palestinians to protect its fighters.” (End of excerpt from Sunday Sequence)
You will note that William Crawley agrees with Anthony Julius when he states that as far as he is aware, Israel has never been accused of using its civilian population as human shields. Yet, moments earlier, Mr.Crawley stated “It’s happened on both sides in the past, it may even be happening right now.”
It IS happening right now, Mr.Crawley, and HAMAS are the culprits!
There was a case of Israeli soldiers who were accused of using a Palestinian boy as a human shield because they asked him to open a bag.
We don’t know the full facts of the case but the Israeli authorities investigated and punished the soldiers involved. The young boy did not die as a result of the soldiers actions.
The behaviour of those Israeli soldiers was an aberration, unlike Hamas whose use of its own people as human shields is not the exception, it is the rule!