Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, claims that terrorist attacks and abductions are not a “rights violation” so long as they only target soldiers.
Tunnels used to attack or capture civilians is a rights violation. Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn’t. http://t.co/gPPScdrYDO
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 29, 2014
Roth appears ignorant of one of the basic tenets of the Geneva Conventions, the distinction between lawful and unlawful combatants. Terrorists are unlawful combatants under the Geneva Conventions because they do not wear uniforms and are not fighting on behalf of a sovereign state.
Roth also appears ignorant of the Fourth Geneva Convention’s explicit prohibition on the taking of hostages. Article 34 reads, in its entirety: “The taking of hostages is prohibited.” Hamas uses tunnels to attempt to take Israelis hostage.