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    • harzion
    • 04.10.11 | 13:19 (IST)

    Often times we see Israel arrest or otherwise go after a Hamas man even though that man may have committed no crimes. Hamas has committed crimes and the man is a member of Hamas, therefore he is a criminal. At least this is the logic. From the Palestinians point of view and also the international point of view, the IDF has also committed crimes. They slaughtered more than 1000 Palestinian civilians during the Gaza op. The IDF has a substabtial string of civilian deaths over the years. Shalit is a member of the IDF. Since the Palestinians have no way of knowing exactly who in the IDF committed the crimes, then, like Israel, membership in the criminal organization is enough to go after any member. Has Shalit personally committed a crime? We have no way of knowing, but every IDF member is a potenaitl criminal if not an actual criminal. The swapping of IDF prisoners for Hamas prisoners is equitable. The IDF prisoner is worth more because it is much more difficult for Hamas to capture them and it is as easy as pie for the IDF to arrest and jail Palestinians. Hope this helps!

    from the article: Report: German mediator arrives in Cairo for Shalit talks
    First published 08:43 04.10.11 | Last updated 08:43 04.10.11
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