# 84 Peter SM. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 08.06.07 | 04:30 (IDT)

    Dear Peter, Thank you for taking the time to reply to my posts. I have no quibble with your definition of slavery, except to say it is not wide enough. The opposite of slavery is freedom. If someone is not free, that is, they are held captive, against their will, then that is also a form of slavery. Slaves do not have freedom of movement, nor the freedom of choice. Their lives and working conditions are decided by the mercy of their overseers. A simple perusal of the Palestinians? living and work conditions is all that is needed to assess very rapidly that they are held captive. They are denied access to 50% of the physical space of the West Bank, their own land, and their movements are controlled everywhere by a massive system of checkpoints and road blocks. All of their actions are overseen by the Israelis who can beat, harass, arrest and jail without charge, and even kill them, with absolutely impunity. The Palestinians have few if any legal safe guards against the inhumanity of their overseers. That is slavery. No simplistic definition from a dictionary is going to hide that. A far more authoritative source is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the two international covenants that spring from it. They outline in an extensive manner the terms that constitute the loss of freedom. Briefly, anyone who is denied the right of self-determination is held captive, see ICCPR Article One. Regards

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    First published 00:00 07.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 07.06.07
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