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Yet again in violation

Jordan Times

January 19, 2008

The killing in Gaza continues and has now been complemented by the illegally imposed collective punishment of preventing humanitarian aid and food supplies from reaching this impoverished strip of land.

Israel, yet again, stands in breach of international law governing the behaviour of occupying forces and, yet again, is allowed to get away with it.

The UN has protested. The Palestinian Authority has protested. Arab and Muslim countries have protested. But all of this is water off a duckĺs back with Israel. Until the EU and, more importantly, the US protest, clearly and unambiguously, Israel will continue the murder and the mayhem.

It is a joke, an absolute joke, for an American president to come and talk about peace in a year when the American administration will not even lift a finger to prevent the most egregious obstacles to such peace, namely outrageous violence and the most flagrant violations of international law, international humanitarian law and any reasonable definition of ethical behaviour.

Let us recount for the people who want to blame Hamas and other groups in Gaza and their homemade rockets. Since Tuesday, and an Israeli military incursion into occupied territory that kicked off this latest conflagration, 34 Gazans have been killed, at least ten of them civilians, one of whom a guest at a wedding when Israeli war planes bombed a building next to where celebrations were held. The building had been empty for months, but was in the middle of a residential area, and the incident shows not only that Israel takes absolutely no account of civilian lives when it plans its military operations, but also that its much vaunted intelligence network is not as good as its reputation, but doesnĺt have to be when overwhelming sheer force is used in any case.

In that same period, one Ecuadorean kibbutz worker was killed. Nearly 200 rockets were fired at Israel in response (and letĺs get this right: the Palestinians suffer a belligerent occupation. Any violence, justified or not, is a reaction to that occupation. The rocket attacks cannot be aggression. Only the occupation is) and little human or material damage resulted. There is no justification for such a level of Israeli violence.

The tiny sliver of hope from the Annapolis process is being destroyed right now. Considering that this was the brainchild of the US president, one would have thought that he would be more eager to do something about it.



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