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After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel

Protective Edge

The 50-day Israeli military operation that killed over 2100 Palestinians, wounded another 11,000, and undoubtedly traumatized the entire Gazan population of 1.7 million also took the lives of 70 Israelis, of which 65 were soldiers. This last violent encounter has ended without a clear victory for either side. Despite this, Israel and Hamas are each insisting that ‘victory’ was achieved.

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Palestine; Israel’s Arms Testing Lab

weaponsIsrael had turned Palestinian occupied territories, especially Gaza Strip, into a laboratory for refining, testing and showcasing its own weapons systems as well as other countries’ new experimental and illegal weapon systems. Israel is satisfying the military testing needs of mainly western hegemonic states, thus guaranteeing their political support to gain immunity for its continuous war crimes against Palestinians. These hegemonic states would not exert any real pressure on Israel to give up the Palestinian occupied territories or to finalize or accept any peace negotiations with Palestinians or with any Arab state.

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International Law vs U.S. Democratic Practice

International LawThe Importance of International Law

International law is vital to the welfare of every man, woman and child on this planet, although the vast majority of them do not know this is so. The vital aspect lies in the fact that the universally applicable nature of human rights - which prohibit such actions as the use of torture, arbitrary arrest and detention while supporting freedom of movement, conscience, cultural rights and the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, among other things - has its primary foundation in international law. Examples of this can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the various Geneva Conventions.

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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Palestinian fatherWestern culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, and omitting altogether the dreadful, the appalling, the macabre, or the terrifying. It was not always so.

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Troika Guarding American Foreign Policy

obama-dronesSo the financial markets are getting a breather this weekend, hoping that the powder keg lit by this century’s version of the Keystone Kops (NATO) in Ukraine a few months ago can be diffused. Well, perhaps with a little luck and some true diplomacy, the US-EU can convince this Napoleon (Putin) not to cross the Elbe (Dnieper).

However, America’s unarmed, untrained top cop appears to be making a much bigger mess of things. Or, at least, his handlers are!

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