151 Reading Discussion Week 9

151 Reading Discussion Week 9 - While the international...

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Noah Greenberg Section: Wednesday @ 2 March 2, 2009 This week’s piece “Erased In A Moment,” covers a broad spectrum of social and legal issues surrounding suicide attacks in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. Giving both legal perspectives that of those who accuse Israel of crimes against humanity, and that of the Israeli government. The article discussed the opposing interpretations of the Geneva Conventions and Common Article 3 concerning how to label terrorists and those who aid them. While the law makes only two distinctions of people, that of combatant and civilian, the Israeli High Court of Justice distinguished their enemy in a new category, that of “unlawful combatant.” What is very interesting about the argument is that the debate deals with two different understandings of the same situation.
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Unformatted text preview: While the international community recognizes only civilians and combatants, they see terrorists as criminal civilians as they do not wear uniforms, are not part of a ranking army, are perfidious with weapons, and commit war crimes. The HCJ sees the same people as unlawful combatants as they are regularly fighting, and should be able to be targeted not only while they are bearing arms and active in combat. These two different distinctions of the same situation has created a very interesting legal debate, and one that will need to be resolved in order to bring order to the situation in Israel/Palestine. Question: Should Israel have to make retributions to those who suffer when Israel makes attacks based on false information and do not kill any of their targets?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2010 for the course LAWSO 151 taught by Professor Hajjar during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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