Saturday, December 19, 2015

House Demolitions 2.0

Eliav Lieblich,

Image from, with caption: The file photo shows Israeli bulldozers demolishing a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Throughout the years, Israel’s public diplomacy takes pride in the judicial review of the Supreme Court over government action in the Occupied Territories. Whether this oversight is in fact effective in promoting human rights or chiefly serves to legitimize the occupation is debated among scholars. Be that as it may, the Court’s jurisprudence concerning house demolitions is particularly troubling considering the extent to which it bends international law in light of perceived security interests. More than anything, it exemplifies how the language of counterterrorism, whenever and wherever it is used, can defang international law by legitimizing legal interpretations far removed from its object and purpose. ...

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