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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.


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.


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.


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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  -Editorial in Wall Street Journal says: "Israel Is Committing War Crimes" JackRiddler  Jan-10-09 12:31 AM   #0 
  - Rec'd nt  babylonsister   Jan-10-09 12:35 AM   #1 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-10-09 12:39 AM   #2 
  - A milestone, but I don't think those dying in Gaza feel much comfort from it  halo experiment   Jan-10-09 12:40 AM   #3 
  - I think we can mostly agree a line has been crossed, nonetheless NT  dmesg   Jan-10-09 10:32 PM   #29 
  - I have a feeling this discussion will end up locked or moved.  B o d i   Jan-10-09 01:28 AM   #4 
  - Just a correction: This is not an editorial. It's an opinion piece.  cali   Jan-10-09 01:31 AM   #5 
  - Definition of editorial...  JackRiddler   Jan-10-09 07:38 AM   #13 
  - your usage is sloppy and I've made my position on what Israel  cali   Jan-10-09 08:51 AM   #15 
     - Dislike reality? Argue semantics!  JackRiddler   Jan-10-09 10:02 AM   #16 
        - LOL! lame as can be.  cali   Jan-10-09 10:23 AM   #17 
           - I have no obligation to look up your posts.  JackRiddler   Jan-10-09 11:10 AM   #18 
              - The word you're looking for is obfuscation. A tried and true tactic  Malikshah   Jan-10-09 10:16 PM   #27 
  - Yes, published by the extreme right wing WSJ editorial board.  boloboffin   Jan-10-09 11:53 PM   #33 
  - Thank you, Professor Bisharat.  democrank   Jan-10-09 03:21 AM   #6 
  - Ditto  malaise   Jan-10-09 04:57 AM   #11 
  - to many in our government are enjoying the spectacle  madrchsod   Jan-10-09 03:53 AM   #7 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Jan-10-09 04:01 AM   #8 
  - IBTL!  bananas   Jan-10-09 04:22 AM   #9 
  - In Before The Lebanon? j/k, nt  B o d i   Jan-10-09 04:45 AM   #10 
     - LOL  L0oniX   Jan-10-09 11:13 AM   #19 
  - kik and recommended  Douglas Carpenter   Jan-10-09 05:31 AM   #12 
  - Kick  Scurrilous   Jan-10-09 08:29 AM   #14 
  - Spot On, And Most Surprising to See it in the WSJ  AndyTiedye   Jan-10-09 11:39 AM   #20 
  - Israel Is Committing War Crimes (Wall Street Journal)  IndianaGreen   Jan-10-09 09:01 PM   #21 
  - Hamas firing rockets did not break the truce  Duckhunter935   Jan-10-09 09:01 PM   #22 
     - Israel's prior incursions into Gaza didn't either.  baldguy   Jan-10-09 09:01 PM   #23 
     - Hamas didn't fire any rockets from June 19th till November 4th.  halo experiment   Jan-10-09 09:01 PM   #24 
        - Not really true  Lithos   Jan-10-09 09:45 PM   #25 
           - Would you mind explaining  delad   Jan-10-09 10:10 PM   #26 
           - The terms were  Lithos   Jan-10-09 10:28 PM   #28 
           - link please  delad   Jan-11-09 01:11 AM   #34 
           - One here  Lithos   Jan-11-09 02:24 AM   #36 
           - Do you have a link  azurnoir   Jan-11-09 01:26 AM   #35 
              - Nothing in writing  Lithos   Jan-11-09 02:47 AM   #37 
                 - Thanks I am disappointed though  azurnoir   Jan-11-09 03:08 AM   #39 
           - Maybe I can explain.  Shaktimaan   Jan-11-09 03:04 AM   #38 
           - The last soldier kidnapped was years ago  halo experiment   Jan-11-09 12:29 PM   #41 
  - Israel Is Committing War Crimes (Wall Street Journal)  IndianaGreen   Jan-10-09 10:42 PM   #30 
  - No More War Crimes  mathpol   Jan-10-09 10:42 PM   #31 
  - If the Wall St Journal believes that ...  bvar22   Jan-10-09 10:42 PM   #32 
     - The US excuse was...  ShadesOfGrey   Jan-11-09 08:35 AM   #40 
  - Yemeni lawyers to sue Israeli leaders in charge of war crimes in Gaza  Scurrilous   Jan-12-09 06:42 AM   #42 

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