Ivar # 43 It's More Complicated Than That - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jeff Northridge
    • 25.12.07 | 16:41 (IST)

    Howdy Ivar; In first place, the vast majority of Palestinian prisoners do not qualify for POW status. They fall into the more general categories of "enemy combatant" or "battlefield detainee" which include irregular armed forces like guerrillas, partisans, "resistance" fighters, etc. which do not answer to an established government and which seldom wear "insignia recognizable at a distance". Being a soldier does not make one immune from being charged with a crime if the alleged act falls outside of the generally accepted rules of war. It is OK for a soldier to kill enemy soldiers and even to kill a few civilians provided that it is unintentional or is consistent with the Princple of Proportionality. However, deliberately targeting noncombatants with no immediate military objective nearby is terrorism and murder. Generally, prisoners are released at the conclusion of a peace treaty, but not necessarily all of them. For example, the U.S. executed 5 German POWs 3 months after V-E

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    First published 00:00 25.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.12.07
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