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Dual Occupations

September 17th, 2004

IF IT IS WRONG IN PALESTINE, WHY IS THE US DOING IT IN IRAQ?
Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in 1967. The United States occupied Iraq in 2003. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, both the Palestinian and Iraqi peoples are “protected” populations. Yet for 37 years, Israel has engaged in practices that are grave breaches of international law. These include extra-judicial assassinations, torture, extended curfews and other forms of collective punishment, house demolitions and the destruction of agricultural land and civilian property, expulsions, and illegal imprisonment. Since November 2003 the US has imported into Iraq many of the repressive measures that have failed to bring “security” to Israel and have turned the West Bank and Gaza Strip into a tinderbox. Increasingly, the two occupations are coming to resemble each other, as the occupiers actively collaborate to put down indigenous resistance.

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