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Courting ConflictThe Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza$
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Lisa Hajjar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241930

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241930.001.0001

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The Face and Arms of Military Justice: Judges and Prosecutors

The Face and Arms of Military Justice: Judges and Prosecutors

(p.96) Chapter 4 The Face and Arms of Military Justice: Judges and Prosecutors
Courting Conflict

Lisa Hajjar

University of California Press

This chapter concentrates on military court judges and prosecutors. It specifically investigates their legal roles and practices and explores variations in their perspectives on the functioning of the military court system and the legitimacy of Israeli military rule over Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The issue of the judge's anger provided another narrative device to reflect on the influence of emotion in individuals' relations with others in the military court system. The intifada raised long-simmering concerns about the negative consequences of protracted military occupation on Israeli society. The tendency of judges to prefer prosecution evidence is openly acknowledged. Israel's continuing ability to prosecute and punish Palestinians took on new meanings under the changed political arrangements. There is a possibility that those Jewish Israelis who have been critical of the occupation in the past will be critical if it continues into the future.

Keywords:   military justice, military court system, judges, prosecutors, West Bank, Gaza, Israeli society, Palestinians

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