Gaza: Human Shields - Al Jazeera World

Aljazeera World broadcast a documentary film in which chairman of Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, Ramy Abdu, discusses the Israeli technique of using Palestinian civilians as human shields during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. For 50 days, more than 6,000 air strikes, 14,500 tanks shells and 45,000 artillery shells were fired on Gaza as Israel decimated the Palestinian enclave in Operation protective edge. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children were killed, as Israel attempted to end rocket attacks and destroy tunnels used by Hamas and other Palestinian groups. As shells, bombs and rockets laid waste to Gaza, both sides were engaged in a propaganda battle as the civilian death toll continued to rise. The Israeli government repeatedly claimed that Palestinian groups were to blame, accusing them of using women and children as human shields as they fired rockets into Israel. In Gaza: Human Shields, Aljazeera World interviews Ramy Abdu, chairman of Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor who confirmed that Israeli forces used Palestinian civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge conducted between July 8 – August 26, 2014. “The cases we documented are sufficient to charge Israel with perpetrating war crimes against Palestinian civilians by using them as human shields during its Operation Protective Edge” says Abdu. Aljazeera also speaks to civilians, academics and human rights advocates to examine evidence alleging Israel's long-standing practice of human shields and explore whether Hamas used residential buildings and civilian areas to launch attacks. "They [the Israeli army] took me and put me on top of a tank", Anas Najjar, a resident of the battered southern town of Khuazaa says. Showing both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the use of human shields, Gaza: Human Shields follows on from a recently-published UN inquiry into war crimes during the July-August 2014 war.