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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Israeli War Crimes Alleged

An Israeli journalist documents in a recent article the war crimes currently being commoitted by the Israeli army in Palestine. While our own country's leaders have perpetrated such crimes, it is important that conscientious and responsible individuals inform us of crimes against those whose voices otherwise would be drowned out by the dogs of war. ...

According to Alain Gresh (via Informed Comment)

The 1949 Geneva Conventions state, in article 54 of their additional protocol: “Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited”. It is also “prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population”. That means that the Israeli army’s latest offensive in the occupied territories amounts to war crimes; it includes the blockade of the civilian population and their collective punishment, the bombing of Gaza’s $150m power station, depriving 750,000 Palestinians of electricity in the intense summer heat, and the kidnapping on the West Bank of 64 members of the political wing of Hamas, including eight cabinet ministers and 22 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. On 5 July the Israeli government said it would expand its military operation in Gaza.

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