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Was the Hostage Rescue Disproportionate?

The June 8th rescue of four hostages from Gaza was celebrated throughout Israel as joyful family reunions were broadcast throughout the country. Unfortunately, the rescue also resulted in numerous Palestinian casualties. This led to accusations that Israel had used disproportionate force in rescuing the hostages. For example, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it …

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If Israel’s Leaders Would Just Shut Up Everything With the ICJ Would Be Fine

Unlike what some media have reported, the International Court of Justice’s May 24th ruling was hardly an indictment of Israel. The main operative clause ordered Israel to, ‘Immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring …

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Are Criminal Indictments of Israeli Leaders on the Way?

These last few days the press has been abuzz with rumors that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the verge of issuing indictments against Israeli leadership, and that Israel is engaged in furious behind the scenes diplomacy to head this off. Of course no one, including me, knows the exact truth about what’s happening, …

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Third ICJ Decision a Warning to Israel: Similar on the surface, but a big shift in the court’s view

On March 28th The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on South Africa’s third and most recent request, asking that it impose additional measures on Israel to prevent what South Africa claims is genocide in Gaza. The court did in fact issue two new measures, but they are quite similar to the ones already in …

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Weapons Sales to Israel: Questions For Those Advocating a Ban

Mary Lawlor, a UN Special Rapporteur, recently wrote that there is no moral justification for continued weapons sales to Israel. She says that Israel’s conduct in Gaza is disproportionate and therefore illegal, cites numerous allegations of Israeli war crimes, and says countries which continue to supply Israel with weapons are failing in their obligation to …

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UNRWA: Illegal To Fund, Illegal Not To Fund. Can Both Sides Be Right?

Two lawsuits were recently filed about the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN body charged with assisting Palestinian refugees. One, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeks to compel Germany to give UNRWA money and says any country that stops funding UNRWA is complicit in genocide. The other, filed in U.S. District …

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Sanctions No Replacement For Israeli Justice

Recently the U.S. government announced sanctions against four Jewish residents of the West Bank. They will be prohibited from entering the United States, and also any assets they have in the U.S. will be frozen. Shortly after that Britain followed suit, and then France banned 24 West Bank settlers from entering the country. The reason …

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Why Criticize Israel’s Targeted Raid on a Jenin Hospital?

Last week an undercover team of Israeli soldiers, disguised as doctors, patients, and even a woman carrying a baby, snuck into a Jenin hospital, entered a patient’s room, and killed three people Israel claims were terrorists. This brought international condemnation and accusations of war crimes. Usually we associate war crimes with targeting civilians or causing …

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