Connections Episode 48

The International Court of Justice and Palestine

Mouin Rabbani Interviews Norman Finkelstein

On Wednesday, 14 December Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani spoke with Norman Finkelstein about the International Court of Justice and Palestine. This episode of Connections focuses on the Palestinian initiative to obtain an ICJ advisory opinion confirming the illegality of Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and its multiple legal and political dimensions.

Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship.  


Norman Finkelstein received his doctorate from the Princeton University Politics Department and taught for many years.  His many books, including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, and Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, have been translated into more than 60 foreign editions. In 2020, he was ranked the fifth most influential political scientist in the world for the years 2000-2020.


Mouin Rabbani
 has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.

Previous Episodes

Connections Podcast Episode 1: The Biden Administration and the Middle East with Noam Chomsky

Connections Podcast Episode 2: The Politics of Holy Cities with Mick Dumper and Maha Samman

Connections Podcast Episode 3: Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein

Connections Podcast Episode 4: Israel-Palestine: A Turning Point? with Nathan Thrall

Connections Podcast Episode 5: Investigating Israel with Lori Allen

Connections Podcast Episode 6: The US Congress, Israel, and the Palestinians with Lara Friedman

Connections Podcast Episode 7: Palestine at the Crossroads with Hanan Ashrawi

Connections Podcast Episode 8: Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict with Anders Persson and Diana Buttu

Connections Podcast Episode 9: Lebanon in Crisis with Nadya Sbaiti

Connections Episode 10: Crisis in Tunisia with Houda Mzioudet

Connections Episode 11: A Planet in the Balance with Jeffrey D. Sachs

Connections Episode 12: Focus Afghanistan with Benon Sevan

Connections Episode 13: Asylum in the USA with Basileus Zeno

Connections Episode 14 - Digital Espionage: A Global Pandemic with Marwa Fatafta

Connections Episode 15: The Lasting Legacies of US Torture with Lisa Hajjar

Connections Episode 16: Whither Yemen? with Helen LackConnections Episode 17: A Decade of Upheaval with Nabih Bulos

Connections Episode 18 — Iran: Domestic and Foreign Politics with Ali Vaez

Connections Episode 19 - Special Episode: The Coup in Sudan with Khalid Medani
Connections Episode 20: The Invention of Palestine with Zachary Foster
Connections Episode 21: Terrorizing Human Rights with Raja Shehadeh

Connections Episode 22: Narrations of Palestine with Alison Glick and Nora Lester Murad

Connections Episode 23: The Global Far Right with Cas Mudde

Connections Episode 24: Crises in The Maghreb with Samia Errazzouki

Connections Episode 25: War Economies with Mark Taylor

Connections Episode 26: Libya in the Balance with Claudia Gazzini

Connections Episode 27: Israel's Sacred Terrorism with Remi Brulin

Connections Episode 28: Tunisia's New Autocracy with Mohammed Haddad

Connections Episode 29: Crisis in Afghanistan with Ali Latifi

Connections Episode 30: Yemen’s Endless War with Safa Al Ahmad

Connections Episode 31: Sudan Today with Khalid Mustafa Medani

Connections Episode 32: Protecting Cultural Heritage with Heghnar Watenpaugh

Connections Episode 33: The Struggle for Human Rights in the Middle East with Sarah Leah Whitson

Connections Episode 34: Palestinian Textbooks with Martin Konečný

Connections Episode 35: The Libya Intervention Revisited with Ian Martin

Connections Episode 36: The War in Ukraine with Nabih Bulos

Connections Episode 37: Shireen Abu Akleh with Dalia Hatuqa

Connections Episode 38: Tunisia’s Constitutional Referendum with Monica Marks

Connections Podcast Episode 39: Armenia Attacked with Eric Hacopian

Connections Episode 40: Uprising in Iran with Manijeh Moradian

Connections Episode 41: Class and Identity Politics in Egypt with Hesham Sallam

Connections Episode 42 - Palestine: The Right to Self-Determination with Francesca Albanese

Connections Episode 43: Another Israeli Election with Mairav Zonszein

Connections Episode 44: Another US Election with Rick Perlstein

Connections Episode 45: Inside the Legal Campaign Against US Torture with Lisa Hajjar

Connections Episode 46: Twitter Madness with Marwa Fatafta

Connections Episode 47: From COP27 to The World Cup with Laleh Khalili