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International Law and the Fighting in Gaza (JCPA) JERUSALEM CENTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS) Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell January 2009)Source: http://www.jcpa.org/text/puzzle1.pdf JCPA-Jerusalem Center Public Affairs JCPA-Jerusalem Center Public Affairs Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Introduction

Palestinian terrorists in Gaza continue to launch rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli civilians and, in response, Israel has re-imposed a number of controls at its border with Gaza. At times Israel has responded to the projectile and terrorist attacks emanating from Gaza by reducing the fuel and electricity that it supplies to that region. An upsurge in Palestinian attacks led to more intensified Israeli military action in Gaza which commenced as this study went to press.

As with every flare-up of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the air is thick with accusations of violations of international law. The halls of the United Nations resound with voices objecting to the alleged illegality of Israel’s behavior, and legal “experts” have taken to the airwaves to raise accusations of wrongdoing.5 For instance, UN Under- Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes asserted that “the effective Israeli isolation of Gaza…amounts to collective punishment and is contrary to international humanitarian law.”6 Similarly, organizations such as Amnesty International have issued erroneous and misguided criticism, including “condemning” Israel’s imposition of all “blockades” on the Gaza Strip as “collective punishment.” Jeremy Hobbs, Director of Oxfam International, called on Israel “immediately [to] lift its inhumane and illegal siege.”

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