Who is an enemy? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • arieh zimmerman
    • 01.01.10 | 03:25 (IST)

    The seriousness of an error is dependent on the number of people it affects and the subsequent degree of pain thereby inflicted upon them. By that measure, there is no contest; collective punishment is the most critical and injurious error that can be made by a victor lucky enough to have emerged from a conflict as the winner. With that one step, from victor to conqueror, he loses any credit he might have justifiably had before and during the conflict. The perception that we Israelis have, that is that we are the victim of Palestinian terrorism, is blurred and tested by our willful and willed confusion between terrorists and innocent civilians. We are found wanting by any objective ethical measure. We are also in contempt of article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which in large part was forged in response to Nazi crimes against the Jews. I am ashamed that we so sinfully ignore the lessons of our recent past.

    from the article: Israel's 10 worst errors of the decade
    First published 08:15 31.12.09 | Last updated 11:35 31.12.09
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