#55 Jay. Not a legal expert on siege warfare - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ron
    • 23.12.09 | 02:43 (IST)

    Your views on the definition of, and legality of a blockade, may be interesting to some, but they are not relevant to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Historically, international law has determined a blockade's only legitimate objective is to weaken military forces of the enemy. In this context, Gaza is not a fortified city, fort nor castle. The Israeli blockade does not target armed forces but an entire population. That's a violation of international law. Throughout the history of siege warfare, there were never a UN and international laws protecting innocent civilians. There are now. Israel is in violation of article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention. Article 33 forbids collective punishment of a civilian population. Violation of the article is considered a war crime.

    from the article: Rights groups: World has betrayed the citizens of Gaza
    First published 04:19 22.12.09 | Last updated 11:11 22.12.09
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