This is my letter in July 4, 2006 edition of Gulf News, United Arab Emirates.
Israel's war crime
Israel's response to the capture of Corporal Gilad Shalit is immoral and inhumane. Destroying bridges, arresting government officials and plunging an urban population into darkness should spark international outrage.
It is legal to capture an enemy soldier and detain him under the provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention.
Shalit is no hostage, but was captured on the battlefield in Israel in offensive operations against an occupying power.
All prisoners of war must be treated humanely and may be returned upon the termination of hostilities or through a prisoner exchange.
Engaging in collective punishment of Palestinians is a war crime.
From Dr P.N. Kirstein