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Israel is changing the rules of war

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Israel is Changing the Rules of War

by George Bisharat

The extent of Israel’s brutality against Palestinian civilians in its 22-day pounding of the Gaza Strip is gradually surfacing. Israeli soldiers are testifying to lax rules of engagement tantamount to a license to kill. One soldier commented: "That’s what is so nice, supposedly, about Gaza: You see a person on a road, walking along a path. He doesn’t have to be with a weapon, you don’t have to identify him with anything and you can just shoot him."

What is less appreciated is how Israel is also brutalizing international law, in ways that may long outlast the demolition of Gaza.

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Paralysed palestinian girl fights against Isarael order

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Two years ago, Maria was paralysed from the neck down when Israel missile stroke the car she was travelling in Gaza as her mother, grandmother and older brother were killed.

Paralysed from the neck down in an Israeli attack, six-year-old Palestinian Maria Amin is fighting an order to move her from a rehabilitation centre in Israel to the occupied West Bank.

Maria can move around in a wheelchair controlled by a joystick she guides with her chin, but her Israeli doctors say her life would be in danger if Israel’s Defence Ministry sends her to the West Bank city of Ramallah.


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