Claim: “Baldwin ‘accused Israel of war crimes.'” (WI Senate Race)
Ad(s): “Tammy Baldwin’s Extremism”
Sponsor(s): The Emergency Committee for Israel
Air Dates: 10/11-pres.
Total Estimated Spending On This Claim: $72,130
Markets: Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee
Stations: WBAY, WFRV, WGBA, WLUK, WEAU, WDJT, WISN, WITI, WTMJ
FactCheck.org Summary: “In making its accusation against Baldwin, the ad displays the phrase ‘collective punishment’ – which comes from a letter Baldwin signed to President Obama about Israel’s blockade of Gaza. The letter calls the blockade a ‘de facto collective punishment of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.’ The phrase ‘collective punishment’ carries significant meaning. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits ‘collective penalties,’ or collective punishment, against civilians in a time of war. A law professor we contacted said ‘certain forms of collective punishment’ are war crimes. But he said Baldwin ‘may have provided herself an out by inserting ‘de facto’ prior to the phrase ‘collective punishment,’ ‘ because it implies that Israel did not intend to cause collective punishment and intent is required to prove a war crime.”