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    • Johnboy
    • 03.07.10 | 07:20 (IDT)

    The IDF claim on the "legality" of its actions is here http://www.mag.idf.il/592-4071-en/patzar.aspx Two things stand out. (1): The IDF claims (correctly) that a blockade is legal during an "armed conflict", but it then defines that armed conflict as being.... operation Cast Lead! Logic therefore dictates that if Cast Lead is the "armed conflict" that legalizes the blockade then a continuation of that blockade AFTER Jan 2009 (i.e. when a ceasefire ended Cast Lead) must be illegal. (2): The IDF claims (incorrectly) that 67A of the Sanremo manual allows it to capture a ship that is "attempting to breach a blockade", when every quote it gives actually says that you can capture a ship that is "breaching a blockade". The quotes from the U.S Navy "Commander's Handbook" actually underline that point (and undercuts the IDF) because it explicitly states that "breaching a blockade" has a different definition to "attempting to breach a blockade". Section 67A of Sanremo refers to the former - not the latter - and so the IDF's argument must be false. Just thought you'd like to know, because I'd be pretty certain the IDF lawyers won't bring any of that to your attention

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    First published 06:24 03.07.10 | Last updated 06:24 03.07.10
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