An Incitement to War Crimes
Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 28th September, 2007
There is an extraordinary article in today’s edition of the ‘Jewish Chronicle’, by Geoffrey Alderman, calling on Israel to cut off Gaza’s water-supply, in addition to the curbs on fuel supplies and the movement of people in and out of the territory that are already in place. This suggested collective punishment would not just be against international law, but could justly be described as a war crime, were it to be put into action. I quite understand why Israelis (and Jews elsewhere) are angered by indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants based in Gaza, and by the rhetoric of Hamas. But to suggest cutting water off from the civilian population of an already impoverished and overcrowded Gaza reminds one of medieval sieges, or, much more recently, the treatment of Jewish ghettos in war-time Europe. I am amazed that Mr Alderman and the ‘Jewish Chronicle’ do not realise what huge damage publishing an article like this does to their cause, and how counter-productive it is to the sort of dialogue and rapprochement that needs to take place if there is ever to be peace in Israel/Palestine.