Israel Resource Review 14th July, 2008


Israeli POW's Murdered in Captivity: A War Crime
David Bedein

The time has come for the face the fact that two Israeli POW's were murdered in captivity.

Exactly two years ago, a few days after Goldwasser and Regev were captured, the Israel government cabinet secretary Attorney Yisrael Maimon, convened a press briefing following the Israel government cabinet meeting, which this reporter attended, in which Maimon reported to the media that the Goldwasser and Regev were captured alive.

Maimon held at least 12 more briefings over the next few months in which he declared that Goldwasser and Regev were captured alive.

Maimon told the media that he relied on Israeli intelligence data which confirmed that the two Israeli POW's were captured alive.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, acting as an independent envoy, along with the Red Cross and the UN, all confirmed that Israeli POW's Regev and Goldwasser were alive.

Now that it is clear that Goldwasser and Regev died at the hands of Hizbullah while they were held in captivity, the responsibility for the murder of Goldwasser and Regev rests with the Hizbullah organization and with their sponsors in Syria and Iran.

Meanwhile, the government of Israel now has a responsibility to the people of Israel and to the soldiers of Israel to hold Hizbullah, Syria and Iran accountable for murder of the two POW's.

The murder of a POW is defined by international law as a war crime.

The question remains whether the UN, the International Court of Justice or any of the plethora of international human rights organizations will say so at this time.

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