Terrorism and International Law in Palestine

T.J. Petrowski

Image Credit: Getty image by Mustafa Hassouna

Israel is once again bombarding Gaza in response to Palestinian protests against the illegal eviction of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli attacks on the al-Aqsa Mosque. Whenever Israel commits such acts of ethnic cleansing and its genocidal policies makes international news headlines, it is often claimed by Israel’s right-wing supporters, both liberals and conservatives, that Israel has the right to self-defence against terrorist attacks by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. This is a grotesque misuse of these terms. When Hamas, the democratically elected government in Gaza and the offspring of the Israeli Right, fires rockets at Israelis, it is condemned for committing an act of terrorism, even though these rockets are rarely powerful enough to cause any significant number of deaths or property damage. When nuclear armed Israel slaughters the people of Gaza, it is acting in legitimate self-defence, even…

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