The Israeli military (surprise!) cleared its forces of wrongdoing in three deadly offensives that took place during the 2014 Gaza war — including an airstrike in the southern Gaza town of Rafah that killed 15 members of a single family and another on a U.N.-run school that killed eight boys.
According to a statement released by the military, they closed seven investigations without filing charges after a special team collected testimony from Gaza residents and Israeli officers.
In response to the Rafah airstrike, Israel claimed that Hamas used the building as a command and control center and while the civilian casualties were higher than expected, the airstrike was in line with international law.
As for the school strike, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the strike was aimed at members of terrorist group Islamic Jihad riding on a motorcycle past the school.
The Military Advocate General Corps, the legal arm of the IDF, did not file charges over an airstrike in July 20, 2014, which killed seven members of a family, and second strike the following day that killed 12 members of a family, including six children.
The same year, the 50-day Israeli offensive called Operation Protective Edge resulted in the death of than 2,100 Palestinians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli civilians.
It destroyed more than 17,000 Gaza homes and left 106,000 Gazans displaced.
Israel holds Hamas responsible for the high number of civilian deaths, claiming the group used the local population as human shields while firing rockets from residential areas.
In reality, Hamas and Israel aren’t all that different and both must be blamed for the death and destruction.
If a terrorist group is inadvertently responsible for civilian massacre then what is Israel, a so-called democracy and protector of human rights, doing to stop it?
Human rights groups have accused Israeli military prosecutors of shielding Israeli soldiers from war crimes prosecutions.
However, Israel is not the one to come under any pressure. It feels invincible — and why shouldn’t it?
The United Nations summoned an international commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by both sides during Israel's military onslaught in 2014. Israel responded to the announcement with outrage, dismissing the inquiry as a U.N. Human Rights Council "kangaroo court."
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked the "members of the Security Council not to take into account the report submitted by the U.N. Board of Inquiry that accused Israel of targeting U.N. buildings in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009."
The U.N. said an independent team of security experts would investigate "all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law ... in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014."
But it doesn’t seem Israel has much to be worried about.