2 thoughts on “Comment is Free: Holding Israel Accountable for Gaza War Crimes – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. War crime investigations must be viewed as a very necessary exercise where certain matters are concerned but, by themselves, they do suffer comparison from shutting the stable door long after the horse has bolted. Assigning blame, usually with some considerable period of time having elapsed, tends to impact only marginally on the present and future conduct of those involved or on others predisposed toward a similar course.

    If such investigations are to maintain any lasting effect or achieve some real resonance upon whatever framework they happen to deliberate, then their outcome should be able to command results far more palpable and immediate than all those we’ve previously experienced.

    Judgement without justice is rarely effective. But human justice is often compromised and coloured by our inability to sustain true impartiality towards the events and actions of our fellowman. So little is straightforward in this life; its complexity always defeats or delays what should be the appropriate response. And retaining the ability to keep the world’s attention on such matters has never been the easiest of tasks.

    Maybe, in the interests of some final justice, something more tangible – and more entertaining – can be employed to focus everyone’s awareness on this scene and others of similar character.


    ‘Bread and circuses’ still hold their value in the world’s estimation. As ‘bread’ has ceased to have much relevance in this region, it may be that ‘circuses’ can yet suffice to carry the day, the year, the generation.

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