# 106 John - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 02.07.07 | 20:43 (IDT)

    Dear John, Thank you for your reply. Yes, I accept that Israel has signed a number of treaties. I accept that many countries recognize Israel. But ultimately Israel will have to work out an arrangement with the indigenous peoples, the Palestinians. In the meantime there are a number of tools for tackling the Israeli tyranny using non-violent methods. One of these is to point out for example how by its actions Israel loses democratic legitimacy as explained by the philosopher John Locke and his ?legitimacy of rebellion?. His political philosophy also underpins the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its two covenants are international law and we will need to use these to prosecute Israelis for their crimes against humanity. At the moment it is almost impossible to get any charges laid through the UN because of the US veto. But there are other courts with the potential jurisdiction where it may soon be possible. However, under a final settlement, the Palestinians may forgo prosecuting Israeli crimes, which as I have said, means ultimately the Palestinians are the ones who decide the legitimacy of Israel. Regards.

    from the article: Fatah is waiting for Israel
    First published 00:00 02.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.07.07
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