March 26, 2015: The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report issued today that “armed Palestinian organizations committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles.”
The 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge was a military operation launched by Israel on July 8, 2014 in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Following the IDF Operation Brother’s Keeper, Hamas started rocket attacks, targeting Israeli cities and infrastructure, resulting in seven weeks of Israeli operations.
The stated aim of the Israeli operation was to stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, which increased after an Israeli crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank was launched following the June 12th kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by two Hamas members. Conversely, Hamas’s goal was to bring international pressure to bear to lift Israel’s bockade of the Gaza Strip, end Israel’s defensive operations in Gaza and pressure Israel to release Palestinians imprisoned for terrorism.
Denmark issued this semi-postal (charity) stamp in 2001 honoring Amnesty International: