Human Rights Watch issued a report on August 6, 2009 entitled Rockets From Gaza which states that rocket attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel from November 2008 onwards amount to war crimes.
Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch Program Director, said “Hamas forces violated the laws of war both by firing rockets deliberately and indiscriminately at Israeli cities and by launching them from populated areas and endangering Gazan civilians,”….HRW also said that Hamas should renounce the attacks and bring those responsible to account.
In light of this would the United Church reconsider the resolutions currently before the General Council placing the blame for the situation in the Middle East solely on Israel and calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions? If not, would the Church consider supplementary resolutions which castigate Hamas with equal vigor and call for similiar actions against it?
Balance, fairness and avoiding accusations of anti-Semitism demand nothing less.