Tosefta # 74 What Difference Would It Make? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jeff Northridge
    • 26.12.07 | 01:15 (IST)

    Howdy Tosefta; Seeing as how Israel affords the same treatment and protections to all Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners regardless of whether they are designated or qualify as POWs, enemy combatants, battlefield detainees, or illegal combatants, what difference would it make to redesignate them all as POWs? After all, POW status is not a blank check for a soldier to commit a crime with impunity and it certainly doesn't mean that a POW can't also be a terrorist at the same time. Theoretically, POWs can be confined by the adverse party until an official ceasation of hostilities unless the prisoner has been convicted of a crime which falls outside of the generally expected behaviour for a soldier in accordance with the rules of war in which case they can be held until their sentences are up or even executed. Prisoner exchanges are possible before a final peace treaty but they are not required and even pardons can be issued for criminal combatants but that's unpopular in murder case

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