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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 13.11.10 | 19:58 (IST)

    Gilad Shalit is not a POW. Israel lists him as kidnapped. Israel refuses to treat Palestinians as POWs and the Palestinians act in kind. Were Shalit a POW he would have to be allowed Red Crescent access and regular communications with his family as well as packages from them. This is what should be, but Israel set the precedent and is not in any position to demand that Shalit be treated decently as a Prisoner of War. Officially there is no 'war' with Palestine. Thus there are no Prisoners of a War that does not exist. Officially Palestine - including Gaza - is "Occupied" {or in Israeli parlance 'disputed') Territory. Thus all actions against Israel are criminal acts, and all acts against Palestinians are necessary to maintain order and suppress criminal actions against Israel and it's citizens. Thus Palestinians are not Prisoners of War subject to international law concerning such prisoners; nor, alas, is poor Gilad Shalit.

    from the article: Carter: Hamas agrees to deliver new Gilad Shalit letter
    First published 08:38 13.11.10 | Last updated 08:38 13.11.10
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