Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ethnic Cleansing (1994)

1994 Dry Bones cartoon - Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine
The Year was 1994.
The World was upset about "Ethnic Cleansing".
A UN Commission of Experts was set up to enquire into "grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and other violations of international humanitarian law".
To avoid any misunderstandings the UN Commission defined ethnic cleansing as:
"a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas." - more

School children might think that this would include the Palestinian attempts to remove the civilian Jewish population from "certain geographic areas" by violence and terror.
I felt the need to clear up this misunderstanding.

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