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Feb 02, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Both sides of the aisle are complicit in maintaining U.S. support for Israel’s separate and unequal regime.

In 1995, the U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called for Jerusalem to remain an “undivided city,” recognized only Israel’s claim to the holy city, and set aside funds for the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In effect, the act gave Israel’s conquest and military occupation of East Jerusalem an American seal of approval. It made no mention of Israel’s illegal annexation of the city or of the Palestinian presence there.

At the time, both the Senate and the House were controlled by Republicans. But it was not only America’s right-wing party that signed on to the Jerusalem Embassy Act. Most Democrats — 44 in the Senate and 153 in the House of Representatives — voted for the bill. Only one Democrat in the Senate, and 30 in the House, outright opposed the legislation.

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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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