Archive | Israel Occupation

Law – Fini

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series BDS and International Law

One of the most powerful objections one could raise to the critique I’ve been making regarding Israel and international law would be that it is a “shooting the messenger” – style argument.  “So what if the institutions condemning Israel as being in violation of international law are flawed or even corrupt?” the argument goes.  “If […]

Continue Reading

Law – 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series BDS and International Law

It’s easy to criticize and even condemn multi-national institutions, even the most successful of them. For example, today historians agree that NATO represents one of the most successful political and military alliances in human history.  But during its entire history, many leaders (American and European, Right and Left) complained bitterly about the institution, decrying it as […]

Continue Reading

Law – 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series BDS and International Law

Until very recently, “international law” consisted of agreements (treaties, alliances, trade deals) negotiated between individual nations to cease hostilities, form alliances, or define political and economic spheres of influence.  While “nations” might refer to tiny city states of a few hundred thousand people or empires ruling millions, the treaty – a binding contract between the specific […]

Continue Reading

The Beinart Effect

While this year has mostly been dark clouds for the forces of BDS, both small (failure at the Park Slope Food Coop), medium (another year of getting nowhere on college campuses) and large (the Methodist Church rejecting divestment yet again), there is a silver lining for them that we in the boycott-fighting business should take […]

Continue Reading

PennBDS: Palestine in International Law

This is part of a series of articles based on the program of the upcoming PennBDS conference.  Check out this landing page to find out more. I’ve been trying to write something new for each session on the PennBDS agenda, but with regard to “Palestine in International Law,” I’ve pretty much already said all I need to here. The […]

Continue Reading

Fantasy Island

A couple of weeks back, I was sitting with some friends at work talking about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) forces that had set up camp within about 15 minutes from our office. Apparently, the day before the OWS group had obtained a court order that would temporarily prevent their forced eviction. And, in celebration, […]

Continue Reading

Off With Their Heads!

I once carried on an exchange with the interesting thinker who went by the name of Abu Nopal at this now-defunct but still available blog (I particularly recommend the second entry on the page titled “Yes, but can he hit?”). Our conversation was about his proposition that a forum designed like a jury trial, complete […]

Continue Reading

Well that didn’t take long

You can almost set your watch to the time interval between when some sort of progressive political project gets off the ground and when the “Friends of the Palestinian People” decide this new entity’s only purpose is to be used. Given that the “Occupy Wall Street” etc. movement is leveraging the only word the BDSers […]

Continue Reading

You Dee? Aye!

Boy, you vacation for a week in a place without Internet access and lo and behold your mailbox is full when you get back (imagine that)! In this case, many of my unread messages involve sending letters of protest or signing petitions against UDI. At first I was bewildered as to why so many people […]

Continue Reading

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes