'On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we ought to discuss our ability to uproot the seeds of intolerance, violence, self-destruction and moral deterioration,' says Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.23:41 04.05.16 | 0 comments
The Fourth Geneva Convention (GIV) wisely provides that an agreement between occupying government and government of the occupied is void insofar as it seeks to void protections offered by that Convention to civilian persons living under occupation. The drafters of GIV knew (as we all do) that the powerful occupier can easily twist the arm of the weak occupied. By analogy if not in law, pressure by Israel to get the PA to drop charges of war crimes against Israel lodged with the International Criminal Court should be ineffective by action of law. For the punishing of civilians (as wanton unlawful killing would seem to be) without regular trial is forbidden by GIV. Needless to say, Gaza is as much occupied territory in 2008-2009 as it has been since June 1967, for the Israeli army controls its borders, its imports and exports, etc. The mere (occasional) removal of Israel's soldiers from Gaza does not mean that those soldiers fail to exercise whatever control they care to exercise.