Saturday, July 12, 2014

Israel's obligation to protect the civilians under its occupation

Debate (it is hardly a debate, she wipes the floor with him, although there is no reason for her to blame Hamas for the tiny rockets) between Noura Erakat and Joshua Hantman (my emphasis in red):
"What’s happening right now amounts to a massacre. It is not a war. And we should all be concerned.
Israel claimed that it has the right to self-defense, but an occupying power does not have the right to self-defense; it has an obligation and a duty to protect the civilians under its occupation. Even if it fails to meet that duty, it must abide by humanitarian law, principles of distinction, proportionality, of necessity. It has not abided by any of those. What’s happening in Gaza amounts to war crimes. It’s a repeat of what happened in 2008 and 2009. It’s a repeat of what happened in 2012.
Unfortunately, we can see this repeated again, unless Israel is held to account under international humanitarian law mechanisms, under international criminal law, under sanctions by other governments, in order to stop these massacres—not just now, but in the long run—and more importantly than that, to address the root causes of these flareups or symptoms of a much deeper problem, which is the structural violence of occupation, of apartheid and of settler colonialism."
More here:  "No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory":
"A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is “foreign” and poses an exogenous national security threat. In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law. "

The occupied status of Gaza:  "Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under international law, its violations and implications for EU policy"

"Israel’s Gaza Genocide Redux" by Professor Francis A. Boyle

The way ZOG forces American officials to talk makes Hagel sound like he's had some kind of stroke.

"Hostilities in Gaza and Israel, UN Situation Report as of 11 July 2014"

"Human Rights Watch, taking Israel’s side (again)"  What a jokeAmnesty goes the everybody-is-to-blame route, but is significantly better.

"Do you feel safer now Israel after you bomb the hell out of a orphanage killing disabled kids"

"The Latest From Gaza"

"Steven Erlanger and Isabel Kershner falsify the words of Khalid Mish`al on purpose: New York Times BLATANTLY distorts the words of Khalid Mish`al"
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