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Island Connections – A Visit to Occupied Palestine
Oct 14, 2013

Recorded on October 11, 2013
Host: Ibrahim Aoude – Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Guest: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English – UHM
Summary:
Professor Franklin shares her experiences during her visit to occupied Palestine. She describes Palestinian lives under occupation and the cruelty of the Israeli settler-colonial state in its treatment of the indigenous Palestinians.
Island Connections is a monthly television program produced by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoaʻs Department of Ethnic Studies that deals with local and global issues and their impact on Hawai’iʻs people.

THE LEGALITY OF ROCKET AND SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS

DR. FRANKLIN & DR. AOUDE

PARTIAL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

(A Visit to Occupied Palestine)

Franklin: “….sometimes people will seize on …. what about the rockets, what about, you know, suicide bombers…”

“…when you are under that kind of violent occupation , it is actually your legal right to resist it in any way you can -“

“however the resistance happens at … there is a human right to resist ….”

Aoude: “the United Nations is clear about that – and the international law is clear about that “

Franklin: “exactly”

Aoude: “so you can resist in any which way … is … you know, effective”

ESTABLISHED LAW

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

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“All the rockets used by Palestinian armed groups are unguided projectiles which cannot be accurately aimed at specific targets and are inherently indiscriminate; using such weapons is prohibited under international law and their use constitutes a war crime.”

ACTION ON ARMED VIOLENCE

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“One of the fundamental principles of International Humanitarian Law is the prohibition of the targeting of civilians.”

Targeting civilians as opposed to military targets is – needless to say – entirely contrary to IHL. Yet many suicide attacks in recent years have targeted civilians in locations that are undeniably civilian in nature. Markets, places of worship and schools are inherently civilian locations. And yet time and again they are targeted by suicide bombs.”

“Knowingly carrying out indiscriminate attacks can – as such – constitute a war crime.”

“Perfidy, or pretending to be a civilian, in order to kill or wound is also unlawful under IHL. Suicide bombers nearly always pretend to be civilian in order to perpetrate attacks, and in so doing commit perfidy.”

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

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“(Gaza, November 1, 2002) – The people responsible for planning and carrying out suicide bombings that deliberately target civilians are guilty of crimes against humanity and should be brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today.
The 170-page report is the first full-fledged examination of individual criminal responsibility for suicide bombings against civilians in Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories. The report, Erased in a Moment: Suicide Bombing Attacks against Israeli Civilians, also provides the most thorough study to date of the suicide bombing operations of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the groups that have claimed responsibility for almost all recent suicide bombings.
“The people who carry out suicide bombings are not martyrs, they’re war criminals, and so are the people who help to plan such attacks,” said Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. “The scale and systematic nature of these attacks sets them apart from other abuses committed in times of conflict. They clearly fall under the category of crimes against humanity.”
Palestinian armed groups and their supporters have pointed to repeated Israeli attacks that have killed and injured Palestinian civilians as justification for the suicide bombings and other attacks on Israeli civilians. The report concludes that these arguments in no way justify reprisals that target or indiscriminately attack civilians.
“The prohibition against targeting civilians doesn’t depend on the behavior of one’s adversary,” Roth said. “Even in the face of Israeli violations of international law, Palestinian armed groups must refrain from deliberate attacks against civilians.”

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

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“(New York) – Hamas’s latest claim that its rocket attacks against Israel are not war crimes is factually and legally wrong, Human Rights Watch said today.”

“Hamas prepared its report in response to the findings of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, headed by Justice Richard Goldstone. The Goldstone report said that rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups constituted war crimes and perhaps crimes against humanity.”

THE RIGHT TO RESIST

DR. FRANKLIN

“…when you are under that kind of violent occupation , it is actually your legal right to resist it in any way you can -“ (VIDEO)

HAMAS

“They [HAMAS] claim the Palestinians have the “right” to use all the means at their disposal. (MEIR AMIT)