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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 12:31 AM
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Editorial in Wall Street Journal says: "Israel Is Committing War Crimes"
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It's big news when the WSJ is prepared to allow this thesis to be stated. A reassessment of total US support for Israel needs finally to start - though apparently neither the Senate nor the House have noticed.

This is an American issue! Billions in US tax dollars every year go to support Israel and its policies in Gaza.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123154826952369919.html...


By GEORGE E. BISHARAT

Israel's current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense. Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Senior Israeli political and military leaders may bear personal liability for their offenses, and they could be prosecuted by an international tribunal, or by nations practicing universal jurisdiction over grave international crimes. Hamas fighters have also violated the laws of warfare, but their misdeeds do not justify Israel's acts.

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But on June 19, 2008, Hamas and Israel commenced a six-month truce. Neither side complied perfectly....

Israel then broke the truce on Nov. 4, raiding the Gaza Strip and killing a Palestinian. Hamas retaliated with rocket fire; Israel then killed five more Palestinians. In the following days, Hamas continued rocket fire -- yet still no Israelis died. Israel cannot claim self-defense against this escalation, because it was provoked by Israel's own violation.

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Israel has also failed to adequately discriminate between military and nonmilitary targets. Israel's American-made F-16s and Apache helicopters have destroyed mosques, the education and justice ministries, a university, prisons, courts and police stations. These institutions were part of Gaza's civilian infrastructure. And when nonmilitary institutions are targeted, civilians die. Many killed in the last week were young police recruits with no military roles. Civilian employees in the Hamas-led government deserve the protections of international law like all others. Hamas's ideology -- which employees may or may not share -- is abhorrent, but civilized nations do not kill people merely for what they think.

Israel should be held accountable for its crimes, and the U.S. should stop abetting it with unconditional military and diplomatic support.

Mr. Bisharat is a professor at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

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