Meanwhile, the Adalah [advocacy website] center for Arab minority rights in Israel has sent a letter to Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz [official profile] claiming that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] have committed war crimes by killing civilians, bombing villages and demolishing houses in the latest hostilities. Ha'aretz has more. In an address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour again [JURIST report] raised the specter of personal criminal liability for violations of laws regulating the conduct of hostilities, pointedly reminding all belligerents that "war crimes and crimes against humanity may be committed even by those who believe, accurately or not, that their combat is a just one and their cause a worthy pursuit."
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