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Gaza: Is Israel fighting a just war?

Grasping the ethics of the crisis requires us to understand properly the concept of proportionality

By Jeff McMahan  

© Israel Defense Forces

Introduction: setting the terms of the debate

Thus far in the war in Gaza, more than 1800 Palestinians have been killed, most of them apparently civilians. Sixty three Israeli soldiers, two Israeli civilians, and one foreign worker in Israel have also been killed. The great disparity between the casualties on the two sides…

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