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November 08, 2002

Suicide attacks are war crimes, targeted killings aren't
Since suicide bombings against Israeli civilians became emblematic of the current Palestinian offensive, many have attempted to equate the victims of these attacks with Palestinian civilians killed during Israeli military operations. Although this equation has been a mainstay of international criticism of Israel's tactics, it is utterly without foundation in international law.

The death of innocents is always to be regretted, but the law makes a clear distinction between attacks that deliberately target civilians (which are emphatically illegal) and civilian casualties that result from otherwise lawful attacks on proper military targets.