Sleep easy, war criminals

Britain’s insulting new rules on arrest warrants will only encourage Israel’s view of itself as above international law

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish

Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who saw three of his children and a niece killed when Israeli shells smashed into his home in Gaza. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/Associated Press

Israel has violated innumerable UN resolutions and international laws over the past 50 years without any sanction being incurred – whether legal, economic, political or military. Most blatant is its disregard for the overwhelming opinion of the international court of justice in The Hague, which in 2004 declared the erection of a wall through the occupied territories to be unlawful. If you add the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, continued extension of illegal settlements, forced evictions and house demolitions, requisition of water resources, Gaza blockade and illicit use of cloned passports to facilitate an assassination outside Israel, anyone might be think that this is a state that regards itself as above the law.

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