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A collection of articles about the Palestinian elections in early 2006.

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Oct 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM Hamilton Declaration 6815
Oct 08, 2007 at 12:00 AM Closing NGOs undermining Abu Mazen government 5338
Jul 03, 2007 at 02:12 PM Mairead Corrigan Maguire's Address to EU Parliament 4762
Mar 02, 2006 at 12:00 AM Middle East Democracy - The Hamas Factor 5137
Feb 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM On Hamas Victory 4936
Feb 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM Statement on the results of the Palestinian Election 4350
Feb 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM Respect of Election Results is the Only Way Forward 4807
Feb 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas to give up arms if Israel leaves West Bank 6239
Feb 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster 5929
Feb 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM Democracy and Violence 6236
Feb 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM CNI Calls on U.S. to Deal With New Democratic Forces in Middle East 5706
Feb 08, 2006 at 12:00 AM Letter from the World Council of Churches to "The Quartet" 5815
Feb 08, 2006 at 12:00 AM Why Hamas won and what the victory means for Palestinians 6211
Feb 07, 2006 at 12:00 AM Why Hamas Won 7175
Feb 05, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas: A Discussion 7589
Feb 02, 2006 at 12:00 AM In the Footsteps of Arafat - An Interview with Hamas' Ismail Haniya 7318
Jan 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM The End of a Political Fiction? 6828
Jan 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas Statement 6595
Jan 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM The reality of democracy 7495
Jan 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Problem with Democracy 7385
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Palestinians' democratic choice must be respected 7211
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM Sharon's Last Victory 6732
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM Barghouthi: Israel no longer only democracy in Middle East 6769
Jan 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Hamas Election Victory 6825
Aug 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM The New Hamas: Between Resistance and Participations 7254
 
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In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law
The verdict on the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie absolved Israel of any wrongdoing, essentially blaming the victim for her death. The trial revealed Israel’s approach to the most fundamental principles of international law, and especially to the duty to protect non-combatants.

By Jeff Halper

For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day. Not surprising, but still sad and bitter. The judge who decided the case, Oded Gershon, absolved the army of all blame, despite massive and internally contradictory testimony to the contrary. Moreover, he essentially blamed Rachel for her own death, commenting that a “normal person” would have run away from the bulldozer rather than confront it.

Palestinians and Israel human rights activists have learned that justice cannot be obtained through the Israeli judicial system. The Haifa District Court, in which the trial was held, could not have ruled other than how the state wanted. For the past 45 years of Israeli occupation, the Supreme Court has excluded from its rulings all reference to international humanitarian law and to the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular, which protects civilians living in conflict situations and under occupation. Only Israeli law applies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – military law and orders – and the courts have restricted even that form of law by declaring that in instances of “security,” they defer to the military. As in Rachel’s case, the IDF thus has carte blanche to commit war crimes with impunity, with no fear of accountability or punishment.

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