Laws are For Emergencies, not Vice Versa - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • MPR
    • 18.09.11 | 01:22 (IDT)

    When a nation pledges to respect human rights, it promises to uphold the dignity of mankind at all times, not just when it's easy. A nation like Israel that claims to be a liberal democracy has the responsibility to provide security for its citizens while at the same time respecting the rights of its people. Of course a government will respect people's rights when there is no dissent; the real test is whether or not the state will hold to its own laws when the situation is serious. If a nation regularly curtails the rights of its citizens to provide security, it isn't living up to its mandate. If Israel curtails the rights of prisoners for this period, it is consciously opening up the door to a large number of human rights violations, and showing the true priorities of Israeli lawmakers.

    from the article: Israel mulls emergency laws to handle Palestinian riots in West Bank
    First published 00:32 18.09.11 | Last updated 00:32 18.09.11
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