The strike came about an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate, according to reporting from The Associated Press. The building also housed other offices and residential apartments. The senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR that Hamas military intelligence used the building, but provided “no evidence to back the claim.”NPR reporter Daniel Estrin.
Apparently, everyone works for Hamas. The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, the BBC, me, you, the fucking Queen. Israel slaughters anyone it likes under the hugely convenient premise that they’re Hamas, without ever providing any proof of this.
And what do we call this?
We call this a war crime.
Here’s what the Red Cross has to say about bombing journalists and non-combatants in general:
Do attacks against journalists in armed-conflict situations amount to war crimes?(Source: Red Cross)
Inasmuch as they are civilians, journalists are protected under international humanitarian law against direct attacks unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities. Violations of this rule constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I.
What is more, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian – whether in an international or in a non-international armed conflict – also amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.