Panel at George Mason on the ICC and Palestine

Panel at George Mason on the ICC and Palestine

I will be participating next week in what should be an excellent event at George Mason University on the ICC and Palestine. The other participants are all excellent — David Luban, Meg DeGuzman, George Bisharat, and the organizer, Noura Erakat. Here is the flyer:

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I hope at least some Opinio Juris readers will be able to attend and hear my dire prognostications in person. (If you do, make sure to come say hello.) The event will be live-streamed for those that do not live nearby.

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Mugisho
Mugisho

Dear Kevin, how can we get to the live-streamed link?

Ben Mugisho
Ben Mugisho

Thanks Kevin

Eugene Kontorovich

And did did not invite GMU’s own distinguished scholar Prof. Jeremy Rabkin! A shame, would have been a better panel.

Jordan
Jordan

Rabkin? probably intentional

Jon
Jon

This will clearly be an anti-Israel fest and an academic joke. Besides the lack of balance in the panelists the intro describes the injury count on both sides which has the absurd implication that because Israel was highly successful in minimizing its casualties it is somehow “to blame”. The intro on the flyer demonstrates manifestly the nature of the conference and its agenda. The aggressors were hamas and the civilian hits in gaza were both proximately and “but/for” caused by the firing of rockets into Israel.
Dont fire rockets – no retaliation. Fire rockets – you deserve what you receive. No nation would allow another actor to fire rockets and not hit back.

Jon
Jon

Need I say more – from the program announcement:

“Join the Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs for a panel discussion on Israel’s offensive, Operation Protective Edge, against the Gaza Strip.”

What a shock, the sponsors are fanatically anti-Israeli and no mention whatsoever of the fact that hamas was firing rockets into Israel. Yeh, this will be balanced. Kevin, this is low even for you.

idan
idan

.kevin you are grasping

Jurist 1942
Jurist 1942

Jon Thank you for pointing these out. It is shocking that so many biased parties could even attempt to portray a balanced debate. The fact it clearly states “Israel’s offensive, Operation Protective Edge, against the Gaza Strip” is indicative of the oft one sided discussions that take place. Kevin I dont think any balaced neutral observer would disagree with the points Jon is making. If it were not for Hamas firing rockets at indiscriminately at Israeli towns/cities there would have been no need for OPE. Describing him as an “Israel apologist” only brings further attention to the bias that exists in some of these forums and only contributes to the arguments Jon is making.You comments can be simply translated into the following – I do not approve of any narrative contrary to one which views Israel as an aggressor and therefore will brush off such narratives as those of a “desparate Israel apologist”. It would be nice to have seen a more constructed rebuttal of Jon’s claims. Possibly by refering simply to the websites of the sponsors and parties involved and whether they in fact do show a history of balanced views and activities. Eugene I am interested as to… Read more »

Jurist 1942
Jurist 1942

The program begins

“Join the Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs for a panel discussion on Israel’s offensive, Operation Protective Edge, against the Gaza Strip.”

As Jon has already pointed out. This clearly lays the focus of this panel discussion out in plain English for all to see.

Shame really.

talknic

@ Jon “..the intro describes the injury count on both sides which has the absurd implication that because Israel was highly successful in minimizing its casualties it is somehow “to blame””

You’re obviously seeing things Jon

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 damaged. The extent of
destruction has raised questions around culpability for war
crimes on all sides of the conflict … ……. … investigate war crimes conducted in Palestinian territory, This
investigation would bring Israel and Palestine under scrutiny

“The intro on the flyer demonstrates manifestly the nature of the conference and its agenda” Indeed, BOTH sides…

“No nation would allow another actor to fire rockets and not hit back”

No nation would allow illegal settlements, in territory illegally acquired by war and illegally annexed or never annexed at all!