Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Gaza and the Lonely Death of Just War Theory

Just war theory is arguably at the heart of both the international normative and legal order, and Western political thought about the justified use of military force. Certainly, just war theory is woven into the UN Charter, humanitarian law and … Continue reading

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The Problem with Gaza

The problem with Gaza is that when we see its suffering, we know that our commitment to human rights stops at the Israeli border; it hurries past the apartheid wall. We do not, it seems, believe in universal human rights … Continue reading

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If Israel’s war on Gaza was a rugby match…

If Israel’s war on Gaza was a rugby match, it would be like the All Blacks playing a small provincial team from one of the poorer Pacific Islands – after kidnapping them, rendering them to New Zealand, and forcing them … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pointless war

I can barely bring myself to check the internet or watch the news because it’s so painful to watch this utterly pointless war, to see the inhumanity of it, its loud, dazzling suffering broadcast to the whole world. In this … Continue reading

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If Wales was the West Bank…

If Wales was the West Bank, domestic law covering the whole of the UK would codify English as the preferred identity, and English people would have full collective and civil rights, while all other people, including the Welsh, Scottish and … Continue reading

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How I Came to Support the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel

When I was a teenager, I believed that the boycott of South Africa was the wrong way to oppose apartheid. I thought it would hurt the wrong people, close down dialogue and result in a siege mentality that would prolong … Continue reading

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