Smoke rises after an Israeli strike over the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Jinipix/Israel Sun

Smoke rises after an Israeli strike over the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Jinipix/Israel Sun

Amnesty International has been accused of “compulsive obsessiveness” when it comes to Israel, after a new report out this week was branded “fundamentally flawed” by the Israeli embassy in London.

It comes after the human rights charity cited “strong evidence” that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza last year, with 135 civilians killed in a bombardment of Rafah after soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin was seized on 1 August.

Amnesty said Israel’s “gloves-off” policy was illustrated with an order known as the ‘Hannibal Directive’ which had “devastating consequences for civilians,” with 75 children among the dead.

However an Embassy spokesman said: “The methodology that the report is based upon is also fundamentally flawed, and brings into serious question Amnesty’s professional standards.

“Once again Amnesty has shown its compulsive obsessiveness towards Israel, by rehashing already existing claims and complaints into a smoke and mirrors website.”