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The Human Right to Dominate$
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Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199365012.001.0001

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The Human Right to Kill

The Human Right to Kill

(p.71) Chapter 3 The Human Right to Kill
The Human Right to Dominate

Nicola Perugini

Neve Gordon

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the Israeli military, government officials, security think tanks and liberal human rights NGOs all concur that international humanitarian and human rights law should be the framework for judging the morality of war and describes how these bodies of law are used to rationalize and legitimize lethal violence. The prominence attained by human rights in the global arena led to an institutional change in liberal militaries—where international legal departments have grown and their status has risen—and in the nongovernmental sector. Focusing on the concept of human shields and its deployment in the 2014 Gaza war, the authors examine how Israel uses international humanitarian and human rights law to justify the killing of Palestinian civilians. They go on to demonstrate that liberal human rights NGOs actually mirror state actors and invoke international law in a way that serves to rationalize the human right to kill.

Keywords:   human shields, Thomas Hobbes, human rights NGOs, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, political violence, Gaza, Israel, Palestinians

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