# 10 David Nigel Braham. Legality of insurrection - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 03.05.07 | 19:16 (IDT)

    Dear David, You demand that Hamas leaders should also be tried in court. On what grounds? It can?t be constitutional ones. The whole of the American Constitution upholds the right of oppressed men to fight back. The US might abhor the means by which they do fight the Israelis, but resisting an occupation is clearly a rebellion. This has democratic legitimacy going back to at least John Locke. It is the oppressors, in this case the Israelis, who act illegally. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights aims at identifying those acts of oppression and tyranny that compels ordinary men and women to take up arms. Israel is in breach of many of the articles in the UDHR, as well as the international covenants that are legally binding. What is disturbing is that the US has turned its back on the democratic ideology of its own founding fathers. One has to seriously question whether the US has any commitment to the democratic aspirations of others. I doubt it. This blatant refusal to try a war crime only adds to the evidence.

    from the article: U.S. District Court in Manhattan clears Dichter in war crimes suit
    First published 00:00 03.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.05.07
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