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Mapping the Scholarly Commentary on Israel-Gaza Wars 2008-2014

John Louth, Editor-in-Chief of Academic Law Books, Journals and Online content at Oxford University Press has produced another one of those impressive Debate Maps that they have been creating over the last year or so. This one is about the Israel-Gaza Wars from 2008 to 2014 and it: “. . . maps scholarly commentary on the international law aspects of the armed conflict(s) between Israel and Gaza since Israel withdrew from the territory. Sources in the map include commentary published in English language law blogs and newspapers, and free content from OUP’s online services other free repositories. A later update of this map will include consideration of a referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court. Whereas previous maps attempted to provide comprehensive coverage of blog commentary, this map is more selective due to the time period covered. Comments from readers pointing out important issues and perspectives that have not been included can be sent to john.louth {at} oup(.)com.”…

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Apartheid in Occupied Palestine: A Rejoinder to Yaffa Zilbershats

   John Dugard (pictured left) is Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Leiden and Honorary Professor in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. John Reynolds (pictured right) is the EJ Phelan Fellow in International Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. ‘Upper Nazareth is a Jewish city and it’s important…

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Differentiated Statehood? ‘Pre-States’? Palestine@the UN

Nothing is ever simple in the Middle East in general, and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular. The rather tired parable of the frog and the scorpion as applied to this arena (‘This is the Mid East, not the Mid West’, says the scorpion to the frog as they both drown) would be funny if it were not so…

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Some Observations on the Turkel Report and the Investigation of Wrongdoing by the Armed Forces

Alon Margalit is Research Associate, Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, SOAS, University of London. The long awaited Turkel report which examines Israel's practice of investigating allegations of wrongdoing during armed conflict by its security personnel was published in early February 2013.  The report (see original…

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Daniel Barenboim on Israel and Palestine

The great Daniel Barenboim has a very frank interview with Al Jazeera, dealing largely with his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which readers might find of interest. His diagnosis of the conflict as being in many respects asymmetrical, but in one aspect being “perfectly symmetrical, and that is the lack of curiosity about the other…

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