Subj: Reuters: Amnesty accuses Israel of violations
Date: 11/1/00 6:34:25 PM Pacific Standard Time
Nov 01, 15:43 est
Amnesty accuses Israel of violations
LONDON (Reuters) - An Amnesty International researcher
today of ''gross human rights violations'' in the current
violence that ''may well amount to war crimes.''
Speaking to reporters after returning from a visit to
the Middle East,
Claudio Cordone condemned Israel's use of helicopters
Palestinian targets and urged its troops to show restraint,
particularly against children.
''There is a pattern of gross human rights violations
that may well
amount to war crimes,'' Cordone said.
''If a kid is throwing stones at you, but is not putting
any lives at
risk, then you do not shoot him,'' he added.
He called for an independent investigation into the violence
establish what has happened during a month of killing
that has left at
more than 156 people dead, all but a few of them Palestinians