The international law on tendering to the needs of occupied populations is questionable. The benevolent treatment of the surrendered population is very different from actually providing for it. An obligation to provide for only applies to interned populations and POWs, and even then is scarcely adhered to. The population in general is free to go on with its normal life after surrender.
In the case of Gaza, there is no surrender. The official, duly elected ruling party of Gaza—Hamas—rejects ceasefire, and the level of hostilities launched from Gaza clearly defies the notion of surrender. Indeed, Hamas routinely proclaims its hostility toward Israel. There is no moral or legal reason for Israel to supply Gaza with water and electricity.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Are we responsible for Palestinian Water Supply?