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    • Michael Davison
    • 13.10.09 | 07:49 (IST)

    Mr. Avnery, your position is untenable. If Gilad Shalit is a POW, then whoever is holding him is guilty of violating the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of POWs. The Hamas demand for hundreds of prisoners gives the lie to the claim of his being a POW. There are international conventions for the trading of POWs: One soldier of equal rank or a finite number of soldiers of lesser rank. It works this way: A corporal may be exchanged for a corporal or for five privates; a sergeant may be exchanged for a sergeant or for ten privates, and so on. The moment the party holding the prisoner strays from this convention, demanding 1,000 of his personnel for one prisoner, that prisoner becomes a hostage, not a POW. The Geneva Conventions on the treatment of POWs guarantees regular visits by a neutral representative, regularly sending and receiving mail from his family through a neutral power and more. Hamas has met none of these conditions. He is a hostage, not a POW.

    from the article: Shalit wasn't kidnapped
    First published 02:59 12.10.09 | Last updated 08:46 12.10.09
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