In an interview with Rashid Khalidi, Jadaliyya co-editor Noura Erakat speaks about her new book Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.
Justice for Some offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures—from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza—Noura Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. Over the past century, the law has done more to advance Israel's interests than the Palestinians'. But, Erakat argues, this outcome was never inevitable.
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Middle East Institute of the School of International and Public Affairs. Khalidi is the former President of the Middle East Studies Association, and the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. His recent works include Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013) and Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009). Khalidi's writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Vanguardia, The London Review of Books, and The Nation.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. Noura is an editorial committee member of the Journal for Palestine Studies and a co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya, an electronic magazine on the Middle East that combines scholarly expertise and local knowledge. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019).
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