10.7.06

Bush-sanctioned Israeli War-Crimes

Middle East Online:

The 1949 Geneva Conventions state, in article 54 of its second additional protocol: 'Starvation of civilians as a method of combat 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 nothing less than a war crime. It includes the blockade of the civilian population and their collective suffering; bombing Gaza's $150m power station, depriving 750,000 Palestinians of electricity in the intense summer heat; and, the West Bank kidnapping of 64 members of the political wing of Hamas, including eight cabinet ministers and 22 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. And on 5 July, the Israeli government said it would expand its military operation in Gaza.

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