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... is still right twice a day, right? It seems that Human Rights Watch has finally found an occasion to decry the abuses of international law (h/t CAMERA Snapshots--no relation) that were perpetrated by the Palestinian terrorists in their recent "joint" operation:

In the June 9 incident, four armed Palestinians drove a white jeep bearing “TV” insignias to a fence on the Gaza-Israel border and fired at Israeli soldiers. The Israelis returned fire, killing one Palestinian. Spokesmen for Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an offshoot of Fatah, claimed responsibility for the attack. An Islamic Jihad spokesperson denied that Palestinians had put press markings on the jeep used in the June 9 attack, and accused the Israeli military of doing so after the fact. However, photos taken by the Associated Press as the attack was under way show the letters “TV” written in red on the front of the jeep.

“Using a vehicle with press markings to carry out a military attack is a serious violation of the laws of war, and it also puts journalists at risk,” said Whitson.

Customary international humanitarian law provides that journalists not taking direct part in hostilities in armed conflict zones “shall be considered as civilians.” The deliberate abuse of this protected status in order to breach the confidence of an adversary in an attempt to kill, injure or capture them, would amount to an act of perfidy, a serious violation of international humanitarian law.


Of course, it's not like these terrorists are above using civilian vehicles to their gain, nor are they the most trustworthy of sources on any other occasion. I'll post all of the pictures surrounding this story beyond the fold, if you want to see them. I meant to write up a story about it when it happened, but never got around to finishing it.

An Israeli soldier walks near an armoured vehicle marked "Press" at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


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Israeli troops gather following a gunbattle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli troops take position on a road near a gunbattle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli troops check their weapons during a gun battle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad near the Kissufim crossing, just outside of Gaza strip June 9, 2007. Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip infiltrated into Israel at a key border crossing on Saturday, igniting a fierce gun battle in the biggest raid from the territory since an Israeli soldier was abducted a year ago. (Yehuda Lahiani/Reuters)


Israeli troops take position during a gun battle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad near the Kissufim crossing, just outside of Gaza strip June 9, 2007. Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip infiltrated into Israel at a key border crossing on Saturday, igniting a fierce gun battle in the biggest raid from the territory since an Israeli soldier was abducted a year ago. (Yehuda Lahiani/Reuters)


Israeli troops take position on a road during a gunbattle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad who attacked a position using a jeep marked with'TV' , background,at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli troops take position on a road during a gunbattle with Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad who attacked a position using a jeep marked with'TV' , background,at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


An Israeli soldier stands guard near the scene of Saturday's attack at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


Palestinian medics evacuate a body from the scene of Saturday's attack at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


A jeep used by Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad to attack an Israeli army position is seen clearly marked with'TV' and 'Press' folowing a gunbattle on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


A jeep used by Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad to attack an Israeli army position is seen clearly marked with'TV' and 'Press' folowing a gunbattle on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen who used a jeep marked 'Press' to assault an Israeli military position drew sharp condemnations Sunday from journalists who charged the incident would make their jobs more dangerous than ever. In the Saturday attack, four gunmen drove a white jeep with press markings in English and Arabic up to the Gaza-Israel border, penetrated the border fence and assaulted a guard tower in what the militants and the army said was a failed attempt to capture an Israeli soldier. Israeli troops killed one gunman, while the others escaped. (AP Photo/Meir Azulai)


An Israeli soldier holds up the hood of an armoured vehicle marked "TV" at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


An Israeli soldier is seen through the shattered window of an armoured vehicle marked "TV" at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


An Israeli soldier inspects hand grenades in front of an armoured vehicle marked "Press", at the scene of Saturday's attack at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


Explosives found at the scene of Saturday's attack are detonated by Israeli forces at the Kissufim crossing, just outside the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2007. The Palestinian journalists' union criticised militants on Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a "TV" sign to approach Gaza's border with Israel and attack an Israeli military position across the frontier. One militant was killed in Saturday's attack, jointly claimed by Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)


Israeli troops walk away from a jeep marked with 'TV' that was used by militants from Islamic Jihad to attack an army position at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 9.2007. Palestinian gunmen from Gaza broke through Israel's border fortifications on Saturday and battled Israeli troops near an army post inside Israel, the military said.Israeli Army Radio said troops killed one of the raiders but suffered no casualties themselves in the firefight. (AP Photo)

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