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Israel and the Struggle Over the International Laws of War

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In recent years, the term lawfare has come to describe the use of international law as a political weapon. The Goldstone Report, which was published by the United Nations in September 2009, and the Gaza flotilla controversy, which erupted at the end of May 2010, are examples of it. In both cases, UN officials, distinguished lawyers, and diplomats put forward weak or indefe ...more
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Published April 1st 2012 by Hoover Institution Press
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Michael Connolly
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Article 12 of the United Nations Charter assigns matters of war to the Security Council only, and not the General Assembly. According to the UN rules, the General Assembly can make recommendations only at the request of the SC, and not on its own initiative. The Human Rights Council (HRC) is under the General Assembly. Therefore, the Human Rights Council should not get itself involved in disputes regarding war crimes. But it did get itself involved in the fight between the Israeli
Peter Berkowitz presents a clear and concise analysis of the arguments over Israel's late 2008/early 2009 incursion into the Gaza Strip ("Operation Cast Lead") and their overall naval blockade of the same area, and very quickly diminishes them all into the thoughts of fools through a well-developed and obvious analysis of international law's norms and actual written doctrine.

He heavily quotes from actual U.N. documents to demonstrate that not only are the opponents to Israel's aforementioned ac
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