LAW VERSUS PROPAGANDA
It is said that “truth is the first casualty of war.” Every war sees propaganda put out by each party for domestic consumption, enemy consumption (comprising an aspect of psychological warfare), and international consumption, and this recent genocidal project is no different. But noticeably absent from any commentary or news reporting is how the Laws of War are being followed or broken. Accusations without evidence simply constitute propaganda, however, there is ample evidence of violations of the Laws of War in this genocidal war on Gaza that Israel call in Hebrew “Operation Strong Cliff.” Continue reading Gaza: the Laws of War in context→
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted to ensure that all peoples – of every race, creed, colour and nationality were granted equal rights under international law, even where those peoples were formerly oppressed by warlords, colonial regimes or militarily occupied or otherwise deprived of rights due to war or the like. While many people have a dim view of the United Nations, this instrument of international law is a giant leap forward for those who had been deemed unworthy or in other ways denied basic rights that should be afforded to all by virtue of being born a human being. Continue reading Universal Declaration of Human Rights→
CEPR – Israel seized East Jerusalem during the 1967 war, in which it completed its occupation of all Palestinian land. Israel unilaterally expanded the boundaries of Jerusalem by annexing [via passing a domestic law] some 70 sq kms to the municipal boundaries of the West Bank area and evicting over 6,000 Palestinians from the Old City’s Mughrabi Quarter in order to create a plaza in front of Al-Buraq (the Western Wall). Israel then declared Jerusalem its capital. [Jerusalem was not claimed or designated its capital when Israel declared independence. – ed] Continue reading Attempted annexation of Jerusalem rejected as invalid→
When a territory is placed under the authority of a hostile army, the rules of international humanitarian law dealing with occupation apply. Occupation confers certain rights and obligations on the occupying power.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) –Letters of accession for 15 international multilateral treaties and conventions were handed to the relevant parties on Wednesday after being signed by President Mahmoud Abbas a day earlier, Palestinian officials said.