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O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 January)

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Image by Kathleen T. Rehm.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Law From Inside Prison, a Terrorism Suspect Shares His Diary, Scott Shane The New York Times covers a recently published diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee at Guantanamo, detailing the brutal daily life inside the detention center. Who Is Wesam El-Hanafi? New York Man Sentenced o Fifteen Years in Prison ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 January)

[U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team sit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before a meeting in Paris, France, on February 19, 2014. Image by US Department of State.]

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]   Charlie Hebdo Israel Moves Quickly to Exploit Paris Attacks, Ali Abunimah Abunimah speculates about potential political motives behind Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's presence at a rally in Paris for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French Police Storm Hostage Sites, Killing Gunmen, ...

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Israel’s “Jewish State” Bill: Does it Really Change Anything?

[The Knesset building, Jerusalem, Israel, on Independence Day. Taken from the south, from The Israel Museum. Image by Beny Shlevich.]

The debate taking place in Israel on the bill for a Basic Law titled Basic Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People has seen ebbs and flows since the idea was first floated in 2011. The bill, which aims to emphasize Israel’s Jewish character, is revived periodically and different Members of Knesset proposed different possible versions for it. If approved by the Knesset it would become part of Israel’s partial constitution- a number of Basic Laws that the Supreme Court has declared to have constitutional status even though they were enacted by the Knesset in the same manner as all other legislation. Several prominent figures expressed their skepticism of the ...

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مذكرة الى الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور عن المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور

[صدر المذكرة التالية من قبل مجموعة من المواطنين الليبيين المعنيين لالهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور في 20 آب 2014 فيما يتعلق بحق المرأة الليبية على نقل الجنسية لأبنائها.]  14 أغسطس 2014 إلى: الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور الموضوع: المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور السادة أعضاء الهيئة بعد التحية نود تهنئتكم على انتخابكم للهيئة التأسيسية لصياغة مشروع الدستور في ليبيا وإلى الأمل والثقة التي ألهمت العديد من الموطنين في ليبيا إلى غاية الآن. تحت قيادتكم تنتظر كافة الأمة الليبية بقلق ما يعتقد أن يكون نقطة تحول في ضمان الحقوق والحريات المدنية للشعب الليبي ودعم ليبيا في تحقيق أساس الاستقرار الذي سيساهم في إعادة ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nimer Sultany, Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism

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Nimer Sultany, “Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism.” Emory International Law Review Volume 28, Issue 1 (2014). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Nimer Sultany (NS): The article is part of a larger project that originates in my dissatisfaction with both the English-speaking scholarship on shari’a and constitutionalism in Muslim-majority states, as well as the post-Arab Spring debates on constitution-making, specifically in Egypt. As a secular Arab person, I found little space for a discussion that eschews the binary polarizations that dominate these discussions. Existing scholarship vacillates between those who ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 November)

[Protest for victims of US drone strikes, downtown Chicago, Illinois. Image by Debra Sweet.]

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]   Rasmea Odeh Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud, Julianne Hing ColorLines covers the trial and conviction of Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh for falsifying information on an immigration application. Rasmea Odeh: Guilty for Resistance, Rasmea Defense Committee The ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 November)

[Islamic State territorial control as of 1 November, 2014. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Spesh531.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Israel-Palestine "Let the Police Mow the Lawn": Israeli Right-Wing Demands Stronger Crackdown as Netanyahu Increases Attacks on East Jerusalem, Dan Cohen Mondoweiss reports on the Israeli right-wing reaction to recent police repression against Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Will US Demand Truth ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (Audio Recording)

George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute welcomed four international law experts to discuss the political and legal implications of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. This discussion was held on Monday, October 20, 2014. In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and one Israeli child. Of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents, 475,000 are living in temporary shelters or with other families because their homes have been severely damaged. The ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (20 October)

[Crop of image from Slide presentation from Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room. Fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States attacked modular oil refineries in eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Sept. 25, 2014.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Israel-Palestine The Back of the Gazan Economy has Been Broken, Bettina MarxInterviewing US academic Sara Roy for Qantara, Marx discusses how the most recent war has destroyed the middle class in Gaza, placing people into further destitution, and causing people to flee outright from the Gaza Strip as the ...

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Short Skirts and Niqab Bans: On Sexuality and the Secular Body

[Non A L'islamisme. Image by Tangi Bertin]

Introduced in Québec in March 2010, Bill 94 proposed requiring women to unveil their faces if they wanted to work in the public sector or access public services, including hospitals, universities, and public transportation. The bill was eventually tabled and was followed in November 2013 with Bill 60, which demanded in more generalist language the removal of conspicuous religious signs in order to dispense or use public services in the province. These Québécois bills—which have not passed—echo the logic of the April 2011 French law targeting the niqab (face veil) and banning the “dissimulation of the face” in public spaces. Both French and Québécois proponents of these ...

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Arab Bank Case Sets Limited Precedent

[Arab Bank Headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Jean Pierre X.]

On Monday September 22, 2014, a jury in the US District Court of Brooklyn found that the Arab Bank is liable for financing terrorism. This is the first jury trial to find a bank liable for financing terrorism under the 1990 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The Arab Bank contends that the case was riddled with errors that should be rectified upon appeal before the Second Circuit. The Central Bank of Jordan has come out in support of the Bank, whose earnings constitute a quarter of the country’s stock market portfolio. The decision, dubbed as a “trial against Hamas,” has been welcomed by some Palestine advocates. They are hopeful that this means, Israeli or US banks can be ...

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Sharing the Nile Waters According to Needs

[The Nile in Egypt. Image courtesy of greenprophet.com]

A ministerial-level meeting in Khartoum including Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to establish mechanisms for further investigations of the consequences of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) downstream has concluded, on Tuesday 26 August. The gathering took place two months after Egypt and Ethiopia had issued ajoint communique that stressed the importance of the contested water of the Nile River for the two countries and outlined general principles for future moves to resolve disagreements. The statement was a result of an encounter between Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, during the African summit in ...

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Call for Submissions: Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for Submissions Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2015 The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and ...

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Who Is Afraid of the International Criminal Court?

Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) deliver the justice Palestinians have struggled to realize for well over a century? The pursuit of accountability at the ICC is one venue of this struggle. But any sustainable vision of Palestinian liberation must account for the confines of the courtroom in particular international law more broadly. As should be clear to all observers of international law, the odds are stacked against Palestinians in that courtroom. The challenge ahead is to innovate not simply ...

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حول تفكك الدولة اللبنانية. محادثة لـ" الوضع" بين رانية المصري وشربل نحاس

يناقش شربل نحاس في هذه المقابلة المؤلفة من أربعة أجزاء:  ١- غياب الحكم في لبنان: من الاستقلال حتى اليوم   ٢- مفهوم الدولة المعطلة ومعانيها الضمنية    ٣- لبنان اليوم: الانتخابات، الموازنة الوطنية، الإعلام وصناعة القرار    ٤- استجابة المواطن ولجنة تنسيق النقابة في لبنان    السيرة الذاتية  تخرّج شربل نحاس من كلية الفنون التطبيقية والكلية الوطنية للجسور والطرق بشهادة في الهندسة، وحصل على الدكتوراه في الأنثربولوجيا الاجتماعية، ...

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Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process

On 13 August 2014, a US federal court declined to enforce a 123 million dollar judgment issued by a Moroccan court in 2009 against Texas native John Paul DeJoria. In Dejoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 13 August 2014), the court laid out various reasons for refusing to recognize the verdict, focusing on the absence of an independent judiciary and the unlimited influence of the Moroccan royal family, especially King Mohammad VI, on the country’s judicial system. In opining ...

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The Quest for a Way Out of Tunisia’s Constitutional Quagmire

Successfully passing the tests of democracy while the whole region seems to be doomed to a chronic state of turmoil, Tunisia is considered to have set a good example for the “Arab Spring” countries and is expected to prove that a happy ending is actually possible. In fact, Tunisia has come a long way from the shadows of the police state to the perspective of a sustainable democracy. And it is Tunisian political life that has witnessed the biggest shift from a vegetative state to an interesting and ...

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة

منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية/ فلسطين: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة تطلُّ علينا منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كلَّ يوم تقريبًا بمبادرةٍ دولية جديدة للاعتراف بها "كدولة" أو لإنهاء الحكم العسكري الإسرائيلي. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، أعلنت المنظمة أنها تعتزم استصدار قرارٍ من مجلس الأمن الدولي يحدد مهلة ثلاث سنوات كموعدٍ أخير لإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لأراضي عام 1967. ويأتي هذا الإعلان بعد عامين من الجهود الرامية إلى الحصول على اعتراف البلدان الأخرى "بدولة فلسطين" – وهي جهود أثمرت ...

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14 منظمة حقوقية مستقلة تنتقد توسيع اختصاصات القضاء العسكري

بيان صحفي مشترك تعرب المنظمات الموقعة على هذا البيان عن قلقها البالغ إزاء قانون تأمين وحماية المنشآت العامة والحيوية، والذي صدر هذا الأسبوع وجعل عددًا هائلًا من المنشآت العامة في حكم المنشآت العسكرية، مما يترتب عليه توسيع مجال اختصاص القضاء العسكري على نحو يعرض حق المواطنين في محاكمات عادلة للخطر، ويفاقم من أزمة منظومة العدالة التي تشهدها مصر حاليًا. وتطالب المنظمات الموقعة السيد رئيس الجمهورية بسحب هذا القرار بالقانون في أسرع وقت. وكان الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي قد أصدر في 27 أكتوبر قرارًا بالقانون رقم ...

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Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies

[The following report was authored by Noura Erakat [1], Bianca Isais [2], and Salmah Rizvi [3]. It was published by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at American University of Beirut on 9 October 2014.] Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies Introduction On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The terms of the agreement look almost identical to those established in November ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014)

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014) Johnson Center, C October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM   George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute welcome four international law experts to discuss the political and legal implications of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. This discussion ...

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Panel Event -- Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (GMU, 20 October 2014)

Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs Operation Protective Edge:  Legal and Political Implications  of ICC Prosecution October 20, 2014 4:00-6:30PM  George Mason University Johnson Center, Room C Featuring David J. Luban, Georgetown University Margaret deGuzman, Temple University George Bisharat, UC Berkeley Noura Erakat, George Mason University ...

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Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi

In this interview, attorney Dima Khalidi, who founded and directs Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), discusses what it means to provide legal defense to protect Palestinian rights activists in the US from suppression and criminalization. Khalidi describes the perpetrators behind attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and provides an overview of the kinds of attacks they face, including pressures placed on universities to discipline and punish students and faculty for their speech ...

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After The Ceasefire: Searching for Accountability

On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups  entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The agreement looks almost exactly like the November 2012 ceasefire, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. The vague terms leave to question whether the Gaza Strip and its besieged population will be adequately rehabilitated. Worse, if the parities fail to make the agreement more precise, it will be no more than a holding position until the next Israeli assault.   The ...

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