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Noura Erakat and Rania Madi


UN Committee 2012 Session Concludes Israeli System Tantamount to Apartheid

[The West Bank Wall, a point of contention with the Committee. Image from Flickr.]

[The following was originally published in BADIL's al-Majdal.] Between mid-February and early March 2012, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held its 80th session, in which it evaluated the compliance of several states with the 1966 International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Among these states was Israel, which became a party to the Convention in 1979. The Committee’s concluding observations and ...

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Noura Erakat and Rania Madi


Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently an adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University and is the US-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including Arab Women Arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). Noura has appeared on Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her publications include: "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts" in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, "Arabiya Made Invisible: Between the Marginalization of Agency and the Silencing of Dissent" in a Syracuse Press anthology, and "BDS in the USA: 2001-2010," in the Middle East Report. She is a Co-Editor of Noura is currently completing her LLM in National Security at Georgetown University Law Center. You can follow her on Twitter at @4noura. 

Rania Madi is an attorney and activist. She is the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights' Geneva-based Legal Advocacy Consultant.