OpEdNews – Lawrence Davidson – Israel And The Erosion Of International Humanitarian Law – 5 August 2014

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Part I — The Precarious Status of International Humanitarian Law

By the end of the 19th century it was recognized by those concerned with human rights that the nation-state was a destructive anachronism. It was an entity that seemed addicted to periodic spasms of mass violence, particularly in the form of war carried on with little or no regard for non-combatants or other restraining factors. As a consequence, efforts began to create instruments of international law — treaties, conventions and other agreements — to modify state behavior in such areas as the treatment of prisoners and the victimization of civilian populations.

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