Monday, February 04, 2013

Israel and crimes against humanity

Something that's occasionally thrown at people who take an interest in the Israel-Palestine issue is the notion that it's none of our business, that we're not related to either side, it's something that's been going on for a long time, so stay out of it. Well, the existence of the International Criminal Court, as well as the accompanying idea of "Crimes against humanity" says otherwise. To understand the legal terminology, when a crime is committed, it's the state that prosecutes it, because the state understands the crime not to be just a personal wrong done by one individual against another, but to be an act that threatens society as a whole. Crimes, in this case, are by definition crimes not just against individuals but against society. The concept of a Crime against Humanity takes that notion and expands it. There are certain things that folks can do that aren't just a crime in their own society, but are big enough crimes that humanity itself is threatened by allowing them to go unpunished. Because of this, you don't have to be immediately involved to take an interest in it.

Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia, these were situations where what was going on interested humanity in general. I think the same can be said of the situation in Palestine.

It makes sense, that is, unless Israel and Israelis no longer want countries to come to the aid of minorities that are being persecuted, deferring instead to the issue being a personal issue that should be settled by the people involved. 

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