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Women walking through rubble in Palestine (Image accompanying Al-Jazeera Article)
“… The designation sui generis literally places the West Bank and Gaza and their populations into a state of exception, outside the reach of IHL and thus open to any and all policies Israel may choose to impose, without fear of violating – at least according to Israel’s interpretations – international human rights and humanitarian norms. Of course, Palestinians and their leaders are accorded no similar freedom of action as long as Gaza awaits “the finalisation of permanent status negotiations”…”

Read entire article: International law, the Gaza war, and Palestine’s state of exception [Al Jazeera English].

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