Wednesday, April 29, 2015
McKinney Conference Room
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During Israel’s 2014 operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza, human shielding became a central trope in the semiotic warfare surrounding the military campaign. Israel repeatedly claimed that Hamas uses human shields and therefore it is to blame for the killing of hundreds of civilians during the military campaign. Why is human shielding a prominent topic of discussion in relation to Israel/Palestine and almost completely absent when analyzing violence in other countries where warfare extensively involves civilians? What does the legal concept human shield do? And why does the accusation of using human shields apply only to certain actors?