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    • Dutch
    • 21.05.06 | 17:58 (IDT)

    Dear Gideon, I feel the Court's decision was a great miscarriage of justice against the Palestinian people. How can the indigenous people of Palestine ever be considered aliens? That seems unconscion- able. Surely, the Israelis would best fit into this category as before 1948 they didn't exist as a people and had no country. In addition, it seems to me the real problem here with Barak's letter and with the justices is that they fail to reflect what is fair and just for both people. Thus their rulings are lopsided. How can the justices allow their military to launch massive attacks and offensives against a civilian population whose rights they are supposed to uphold and protect? The military operations caused many unnecessary deaths and injuries. Now you mentioned the justices failed to condemn home demolitions which I feel are barbaric. That was very wrong. What could be more central to all animals as their home for shelter, security and comfort? And isn't that why we give local aid and send massive aid overseas? I am not sure why the justices fail to act on the illegal settlements as the ICJ has deemed them in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the terms couldn't be clearer: "The occupying power shall not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." The same goes for the military occupation and the UN Resolution 242 , which calls for "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories occupied in the recent conflict" and the "inadmissibility" of the acquisition territory by war." Now that leaves the issues of targeted killing & torture which I feel should have no place in a civil society. Man's call to civilization was to forgo his urge to act out in a violent way and to settle his dispute in a court of law. Thus it seems to me the justices fail to reflect the principles of our civil and democratic societies. I feel history will judge them to be terribly unjust. Dutch

    from the article: Barak's mail to Yale
    First published 00:00 21.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 21.05.06
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