The ICJ’s Vice-President Explains What’s Wrong with Its Recent Ruling against Israel
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It should be obvious to anyone with even rudimentary knowledge of the Gaza war that Israel is not committing genocide there, or anything even remotely akin to it. In response to such spurious accusations, it’s often best to focus on the mockery they make of international law itself, or on how Israel can most effectively combat them. Still, it is also worth stopping to consider the legal case on its own terms. No one has done this quite so effectively, to my knowledge, as the Ugandan jurist Julia Sebutinde, who is the vice-president of the ICJ and the only one of its judges to rule unequivocall ..read more
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Hamas’s Claims of Moderation Are an Old Ploy
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While Hamas watches international institutions accuse Israel of imaginary war crimes and world opinion condemn Israel for a successful strike on Hamas operatives, some of its spokesmen are suggesting that it is considering moderating its goals. Neomi Neumann and Matthew Levitt explain that such rhetoric is entirely disingenuous: Within a month of the [October 7] attack, the Hamas Shura Council member Khalil al-Hayya . . . floated the idea of a truce with Israel that could last five years or more based on the pre-1967 ceasefire lines, envisioning a unified Palestinian government that includes H ..read more
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To Combat Campus Anti-Semitism, Cut Off Funding from Qatar
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On Thursday, college presidents again found themselves being grilled by Congress about disruptive protests and rising anti-Semitism on campus. Among them was Northwestern University’s Michael Schill. Charles Asher Small, drawing on extensive research he has done into the subject, takes a closer look at what has gone wrong at that particular institution: There is no doubt that the anti-Semitism on our campuses must be stamped out. To stem its spread, it is not enough just to tackle the Jew hatred on display at anti-Israel and anti-American campus protests. If we want to extinguish the hate, we ..read more
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Understanding Hitler’s Rise to Power
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So often have political conversations cited the Nazis’ subversion of the democratic institutions of the Weimar Republic that “What if a Hitler comes along . . .” seems a standard challenge to any set of constitutional arrangements. Yet the story of how Adolf Hitler came to power is a complicated one, which Timothy Ryback tells in a new book called Takeover. Clare McHugh, in her review, writes that this book relies heavily on newspaper reports, diaries, and memoirs to recount in vivid detail how the infighting between cocky, short-sighted members of the Prussian establishment eventually opened ..read more
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Only Hamas’s Defeat Can Pave the Path to Peace
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Opponents of the IDF’s campaign in Gaza often appeal to two related arguments: that Hamas is rooted in a set of ideas and thus cannot be defeated militarily, and that the destruction in Gaza only further radicalizes Palestinians, thus increasing the threat to Israel. Rejecting both lines of thinking, Ghaith al-Omar writes: What makes Hamas and similar militant organizations effective is not their ideologies but their ability to act on them. For Hamas, the sustained capacity to use violence was key to helping it build political power. Back in the 1990s, Hamas’s popularity was at its lowest poin ..read more
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The ICC’s Case against Israel Exposes the Dangers of International Law
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On Monday, Karim Khan, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced that he is seeking arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as for three senior Hamas leaders. Kyle Orton examines some procedural flaws in Khan’s case, and argues that the ICC’s investigation, with which Israeli officials cooperated, was in fact a “sham.” He then turns to the bigger picture: The prosecutor, the judges, and the rest of the ICC bureaucracy are drawn from an international layer of highly ideological academics and lawyers committed to ..read more
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A Proposed New York Law Would Stop Americans from Sending Money to Israeli Charities
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Like international law, domestic law too can be employed in less-than-legally-coherent ways. One example is the “Not in Our Dime Act,” introduced to the New York State legislature by two lawmakers aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). A Congressional ally of the DSA, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has recently thrown her support behind the measure. To Dan McLaughlin, it is both bad policy and bad law: The bill aims to ban not-for-profit corporations in New York from engaging in “unauthorized support of Israeli settlement activity.” . . . Notice that you do not need to engage pers ..read more
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The Complex and Bloody History of a Medieval Manuscript
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Around 200 CE, a group of rabbis produced a digest of legal opinions, together with some theological ones, known as the Mishnah. This was the first attempt (or the first attempt that survived) to put what these rabbis called the Oral Torah into writing. At some point, a parallel text, containing alternative opinions, was also put to parchment and given the name Tosefta—Aramaic for “addition.” Michael Satlow considers the oldest extant manuscript of the Tosefta, which once belonged to the Jewish community of the German city of Erfurt: The Erfurt manuscript is the earliest and best witness to th ..read more
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Ancient Near Eastern Pagans May Have Practiced Child Sacrifice
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In 1956, Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” ensured that the demonic figure of Moloch would be known even to those who are not careful readers of the Hebrew Bible. Generally assumed to be a Canaanite deity, Molech (as the name is spelled in Jewish Bibles) is mentioned in the book of Leviticus, which states, “thou shalt not give any of thy seed to set them apart to Molech.” The Tanakh elsewhere refers to the same pagan ritual as “passing one’s son or daughter through a fire.” Both rabbinic commentators and modern scholars debate whether this is a reference to literal child sacrifice or symbolically p ..read more
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Podcast: Haisam Hassanein on How Egypt Sees Gaza
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The foreign-policy expert explains how Egypt assesses its own interests, what its goals are in Gaza, and the future of its peace treaty with Israel ..read more
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