Are police officiers who have pledged loyalty to a terrorist organization non-combattants? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben
    • 09.11.10 | 20:00 (IST)

    Using Western standards doesn't work on Palestinian militant organizations by design. This is especially true for Hamas who have done everything possible to blur the line between political parties, armies, and charitable organizations. For American readers, try to imagine an amalgamation of the Red Cross, the GOP and Blackwater. In Western style democracies (like Israel) there is a clear distinction between political parties and militias. There is a clear distinction between national defense forces and forces of civil order. None of that exists in Gaza. And, even if it did, there would need to be mutual recognition of those divisions. Under rules of war would the Gaza police be allowed to engage invading IDF forces?

    from the article: Hamas admits 600-700 of its men were killed in Cast Lead
    First published 11:24 09.11.10 | Last updated 11:24 09.11.10
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