George E. Bisharat ; with Timothy Crawley... [et al.]
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Denver journal of international law and policy, Vol. 38, no. 1, Winter 2010, p. 41-114
Israel commenced an aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008 in a military operation it dubbed “Operation Cast Lead.” Israel augmented its attack with a ground invasion beginning on January 3, 2009. This article considers the possible violations of international humanitarian law entailed in Israel’s twenty-two day assault on the Gaza Strip. The main bodies of law applicable to the Gaza invasion are international humanitarian law, the central purpose of which is to minimize human suffering in times of armed conflict, and international criminal law, which establishes state and individual culpability for grave violations of international law, including for war crimes and crimes against humanity.