Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Debunking the ‘Disproportionate Force’ Charge - by Simon Plosker

The next time Israel is accused of disproportionate force, consider whether the charge is clearly defined and based on international law or if it’s simply hyperbole designed to delegitimize Israeli self-defense.

Simon Plosker..
Honest Reporting..
06 March '19..

It’s unequivocal that greater numbers of Palestinians than Israelis have been killed or injured during periods of intense conflict. This has repeatedly led to accusations that Israel has employed “disproportionate force” for security measures and during military operations over the years.

The term has has been abused by activists, journalists, non-governmental organizations and politicians who have employed it without bothering to research precisely what disproportionate actually means in terms of international law. One thing it does not mean an imbalance in casualty figures proves Israeli disproportionate force.

So what does it mean? Here are some explanations.

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