The Israeli government has defended its attacks on ostensibly civilian targets in Gaza, such as UN schools and a TV station, because the sites allegedly were being used by Hamas fighters or were part of the Hamas infrastructure, even as the international community recoils at the carnage.
Institute for Policy Studies analyst Phyllis Bennis comments on the implications of international law for such a conflict and why the UN Security Council appears so powerless to protect even its own facilities.
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Bennis notes that while some UN officials have spoken out against the violations of international law, the power structure of the Security Council – particularly the influence of the United States – has prevented any definitive action.
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