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Israel: findings of a survey on the Geneva Conventions

13-08-2009

Five hundred respondents participated in a survey commissioned by the ICRC to mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group. Some of the main findings reveal that most Israelis are aware of the Geneva Conventions and that fifty percent of them think that it is unacceptable to attack enemy fighters in populated areas although they think that sometimes there is no choice but to go ahead and do so.

A telephone survey commissioned by the ICRC to mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions reveals Israeli attitudes towards rules of war. According to the survey, many Israelis seem to think that civilian casualties are unavoidable, although a majority believe that there are limits to what is permitted in war.