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Passing the tipping-point of opinion

Israeli actions have gone beyond what is seen as reasonable, says Paul Vallely

Israel is under attack, and has a right to defend itself. But the argument "They fire rockets at us; so we fire back" is not enough. A morality of equivalence is not enough in determining whether a war is just.

Classically, there are six criteria for a Just War. The first three demand that there must be just cause, good intention, and legal authority. Israel can claim all those, although lawful authority is incomplete; Israel may be a democracy, but many Palestinians in the region ...

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Tue 26 Jul 16 @ 10:13
RT @BBCBreakingTwo hostage-takers at church near Rouen shot dead, French media report https://t.co/bDrdFDa4n3

Tue 26 Jul 16 @ 10:00
RT @LukeCoppenLe Figaro says a priest, two Sisters and two faithful are being held hostage in the church: https://t.co/JNUIlVV7SB https://t.co/zCV5BLze3Z