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International Law and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

There are a number of international laws, treaties, and legal rulings pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  UUJME believes that the application of international law is one of the keys to the resolution of the conflict and the establishment of a just and lasting peace.  We feel it is essential for these laws to form the basis of negotiations to resolve international conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian one.  The alternative is to allow stronger parties to impose their will on more vulnerable ones, in the process subjecting the international community to the "Law of the Jungle", weakening hard-won human rights protections, and leaving people around the world more vulnerable to abuse and injustice.

International humanitarian law and human rights statutes were adopted in order to prevent such destructive and intractable conflicts as this one.  UUJME believes that upholding and enforcing international law in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will substantially reduce the human rights abuses and other injustices that created, fuel and prolong this conflict.

Relevant International Laws and Treaties:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Adopted December 10, 1948.

Fourth Geneva Convention, Protections of Civilian Persons in Time of War.  Adopted August 12, 1949.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  Adopted December 16, 1966.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  Adopted December 16, 1966.

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  Adopted December 10, 1984.

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Adopted July 17, 1998.