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Geneva Conventions and the Palestinian Rocket problem

Reader comment on: Can Persuasion End Palestinian Rocket Attacks?

Submitted by Michael (United States), Aug 12, 2008 09:41

There is only one sure-fire way of ceasing the Palestinian rocketting crisis. Stemming from the Third Geneva Convention (or GCIII), Article 2 states, "...Although one of the Powers in conflict may not be a party to the present Convention, the Powers who are parties thereto shall remain bound by it in their mutual relations. They shall furthermore be bound by the Convention in relation to the said Power, if the latter accepts and applies the provisions thereof."

Therefore, if Hamas, as the representative of the Palestinian people (for example) accepted and applied the behaviors laid out in GCIII, then Israel would be obligated to honor those terms in their treatment of Hamas and the Palestinians they represent. Since Hamas has never accepted nor applied any principles of GCIII in its dealings with Israel, then Israel has NO obligations to follow the GCIII with respect to Hamas and their people. Israel can therefore perpetrate any acts against Hamas or its people, without violating GCIII provisions. Israel can devastate their homes, Mosques, infrastructure, commit any and all manner of horrors, and not be held to GCIII standards.

Now THAT would obviate the Palestinian rockets quickly.


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