From Haaretz, 2009.03.23:

Israel Defense Forces soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a group of UN human rights experts said Monday.

IDF troops ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before them, said the UN secretary-general's envoy for protecting children in armed conflict.

( Read more of this story at Haaretz )

So much for the "IDF is more moral than Hamas" argument.

In wartime, even the most moral actors do immoral things. Neither side is immune.

It's time to end this conflict.

( Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pocketlama for bringing this story to my attention. )
US reportedly pulls out of UN Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Tribune is reporting that the US has pulled out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, "an international body within the United Nations System. Its stated purpose is to address human rights violations."

The mainstream media hasn't picked up on this yet.
If this is true... it sends a scary, scary message about this country's government.
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