The apartheid debate is no longer restricted to referencing specific South African practices. Instead, international law is increasingly becoming the guiding framework. By Ran Greenstein Thomas Mitchell raises an important methodological point in his article “Call it colonialism, call it occupation – just don't call it 'apartheid,'” which I address here. Unfortunately, in making this point he takes us through a confusing journey that obscures the issues at stake instead of clarifying them. Take for example his notion that Fascism was a term used to refer to a specific regime in Italy from 1922 to 1945, and similar European regimes in…Read More... | 78 Comments
Statements by Israel's prime minister give insight into the -- problematic -- way he views peace talks with the Palestinians. And Naftali Bennett's emptiest threat yet. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated one of the most problematic views that he and his government hold -- that any future Palestinian state, if there ever is one, will be a painful, albeit generous gift from him to the Palestinian people. Responding to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s intent to accede to 15 international treaties and conventions, Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting: “[The Palestinians] will achieve a…Read More... | 22 Comments
The violent takeover of the Mavi Marmara simply does not stack up to other violent mass executions of passive civilians. Referring a relatively minor incident to the ICC in the context of a highly politically charged conflict would confirm the suspicions that the court is no more than a political wolf camouflaged in the neutral trappings of criminal justice. By Noam Wiener On May 14, the Union of Comoros, represented by Turkish attorneys, sent the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) a referral requesting it commence an investigation into Israeli conduct, due to alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. The…Read More... | 33 Comments
How is this Palestinian Authority UN statehood bid different from last year's? What's an observer state? What does it mean for Oslo, or for the settlements? The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has the answers. The Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, recently announced that on 29 November [today] he intends to turn to the United Nations General Assembly, requesting to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status in the UN from an "observer entity" to a "non-member observer state." This initiative follows the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council in September 2011, asking to admit Palestine to the…Read More... | 19 Comments
The Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN has Israel especially worried about one implication from the move - Israeli conduct on Palestinian territory becoming subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. By Noam Wiener Tomorrow is November 29, a day that in my childhood memories is associated with a static recording reading: “Afghanistan, no; Argentina, abstain; Australia, yes” and with black and white photos of people dancing in circles in the streets of Tel Aviv following the approval of the Partition Plan for Palestine. But children today will have a different memory. Obviously many Israeli opinion makers…Read More... | 24 Comments
Luis Moreno Ocampo has a big decision to make: should he recognize the Palestinian territories as a state? One of the most important decisions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the near future could soon be made not by a local leader (not surprising), but by an Argentinian lawyer. Meet Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Israel, along with the United States and Sudan, ratified the Rome Statute which created the ICC - only to later “unsign” themselves. But this past week, Ocampo heard Israel’s case against a Palestinian strategic move that could change the…Read More...
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Reports of journalists barred from entering/existing Gaza, as Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv to push for ceasefire http://t.co/pTYs84WRtG
'Thank you for asking about us. It seems the rest of the world only cares when the bombs are falling' http://t.co/1Pe7bqIoch by @samwithaner
PHOTOS: Another day of destruction, death and displacement in Gaza http://t.co/lPv1zyTHAo by @activestills http://t.co/s1GLSda571
VIDEO: Four minutes of terror in Shuja'iyah as Palestinians flee their homes amid intense bombardment http://t.co/a1p83FYydO by @lisang
The Telegraph publishes the names of 132 Palestinian children killed so far in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge http://t.co/2h1Gj1Pjx3