Another really thought provoking re-post.
This time on Israel’s “Lawfare” legal campaign to prevent the International Criminal Court from taking cases of their violations of human rights in warfare. We have heard a lot recently about;
- the lack of concern for civilian lives in Gaza – a violation of the ‘Principle of ‘Distinction’
- the disproportionality of the Israeli attacks on Gaza – a violation of the Principle of ‘Disproportionality’
Both violations if proven in the court would constitute grave breaches of international law – these are the principles Israel wants to see ‘eliminated’ or ‘significantly watered down’ by creating new terms – “non-legitimate actors” such as “terrorists,” “insurgents” and “non-state actors,” together with the civilian population that supports them – so that anyone resisting state oppression can no longer claim protection. see article below by Jeff Halper