As part of their military campaign in
We reached out to the IDF after the attack on Al-Risala, but we did not hear in back in time to include their response in the alert we issued Tuesday. Early this morning, however, we received the following message:
The IDF does not target civilian locations, unless they are used for terrorist activity.
The military operation is still in progress and an immediate thorough investigation into the incident is not possible at this point.
This response does not confirm that the building was indeed hit by IDF fire.
First, both buildings were hit in air attacks that obviously
could only have been carried out by the IDF. Our concern is that the IDF views
the dissemination of propaganda as a military (or terrorist) activity. This is
a position that does not have a basis in international law and sets a dangerous
standard that could undermine the ability of journalists to work in conflict
zones. Indeed, broadcast facilities have been targeted in many recent military
conflicts, including the bombing of Serbian television by NATO forces in the
1999 Kosovo war, the bombing of Iraqi broadcast facilities by the
Media facilities are civilian structures and cannot be
targeted merely for broadcasting propaganda which, after all, is a highly
subjective term. The onus remains on the IDF to explain the basis for what seems
to be its attacks on media facilities in