Monday, June 19, 2006

Second Thoughts On The Gaza Beach Explosion

Human Rights Watch is backing off from its claim that Israeli shelling was responsible for the deaths from an explosion at a Gaza beach:
While sticking to its demand for the establishment of an independent inquiry into a blast on a Gaza beach 10 days ago that killed seven Palestinian civilians, the Human Rights Watch conceded Monday night for the first time since the incident that it could not contradict the IDF's exonerating findings.
Unfortunately, the initial knee-jerk response to blame Israel cannot be rescinded, and I expect that we will eventually see what damage such a reaction can cause.