# 126 Paul Harris - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 04.05.07 | 12:33 (IDT)

    Dear Paul, Yes, you are right, there are other abuses in the world, and they are often more despicable than anything that Israel is doing. And yes, I believe that I would enjoy far more rights living in Israel than I would anywhere else in the Middle East. So would most of us from the privileged world. The reason I focus on Israel is at least there is a debate there, which confirms many of the things that you are saying about democracy in Israel. And I agree, all the big powers ignore laws which don?t suit them. The only defence against these omnipotent nation states are ordinary citizens. If we cannot get Israel, the US and the UK to abide by their obligations, morally under the UDHR and legally under the two covenants the ICCPR and the ICESCR, then there is no way on Earth that we are going to persuade any of the basket case nations. The Holocaust was a globally significant event of historic proportions that has given us the UDHR. It is of potentially far greater significance than the Magna Carta, the American Declaration of Independence, or the symbolism of the French Revolution, combined. It must be the central document of any global constitution. Unfortunately nation states are intent on destroying it because it constrains their powers. I am stunned to discover for example that the US has a law in place which now makes it impossible to put the Nazis on trial. This is a denial of the Holocaust, and as such it is a backward step for democracy, as is the Occupation.

    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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