Category International law

Interview on Gaza and Labour Antisemitism

In October 2017, I was invited by Tom Mills and Dan Hind to their excellent Media Democracy Podcast for a discussion about the Labour antisemitism controversy. I returned this week to talk about… the Labour antisemitism controversy. Good to see the political conversation has progressed over the past year. This time around, we also spoke […]

Israel Has No Right of Self-Defence against Gaza

Human rights groups and UN bodies have condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “disproportionate” use of force in Gaza. But this does not go far enough. In a new essay for Jacobin, Norman Finkelstein and I argue that Israel cannot claim a right to use any force in Gaza — whether moderate or excessive, proportionate or disproportionate; whether […]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: IMPOSE ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL

Amnesty International (27 April 2018): “The time for symbolic statements of condemnation is now over. The international community must act concretely and stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel.” “[M]any” Palestinian fatalities “were deliberately killed or injured while posing no immediate threat” “Israeli soldiers are using high-velocity military weapons designed to cause […]

WHY ISRAEL HATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

We didn’t want to establish a mechanism for conflict resolution by a third party, because when there’s a strong versus a weak partner, the third party tends to take the side of the weak. – Joel Singer, Legal Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, who helped formulate the Oslo Accords (1996) Source: Lev G. Grinberg, Politics and […]

JOHN DUGARD ON ISRAEL, APARTHEID AND RESOLVING THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT

The great John Dugard, former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and reputed father of human rights in South Africa, on… Israel’s apartheid: it’s very clear that apartheid is practiced within the Occupied Palestinian Territories . . . You cannot dispute it. It’s just so clear. (However, it is […]

INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS: USE IT OR LOSE IT

[Y]our governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the UN General Assembly this week. ‘There’s just no appetite to go toe-to-toe with Israel and deliver a really harsh indictment’, said one […]

WHAT RESONATES

Some years back I argued in Mondoweiss that the case for Palestine ought to be made on the basis of justice rather than national interest. This position received empirical support in a November 2015 U.S. poll, which found that respondents’ concerns about Israel-Palestine were principally related to ‘human rights or international law’ rather than ‘America’s interests’. This was particularly true of […]