John Reynolds is a legal researcher for Al-Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists
Israel’s most recent large-scale offensive against the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, initiated on 27 December 2008 and continuing until 18 January 2009, generated an unprecedented level of debate in the media and public domain over questions normally confined to the obsessions of lawyers and legal scholars.
Commentary—ranging from the well-versed to the uninformed—on issues such as grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, the doctrine of proportionality, and the legality of the use of force under the UN Charter, pervaded newspaper and website coverage on a daily basis, and continues to do so.1
This is broadly reflective of the fact that opposition to war in the 21st century, be it in the context of the invasion of Iraq, South Ossetia or Lebanon, has increasingly been framed in legal terms. In contrast to World War II or Vietnam, the strategy of opponents of such conflicts has been to denounce the initiation and conduct of hostilities less on the basis of their immorality, and more on the basis of their illegality. At the same time, the military establishments of the States involved are acutely aware of the ‘legalisation’ of the vocabulary through which war is analysed, and the consequent need to find ways to justify their actions as compliant with international law.
|Sat Nov 29 @12:00AM - 11:59PM|
UN Resolution 181and International day of Solidarity with Palestinian People (1947) صدور قرار الامم المتحدة رقم 181 القاضي بتقسيم فلسطين ويوم التضامن العالمي مع الشعب الفلسطيني
|Mon Dec 08 @12:00AM - 11:59PM|
Establishment of UNRWA to provide assistance to Palestinian refugee until they return to thier homes (1949) تأسيس وكالة الأمم المتحدة لاغاثة وتشغيل اللاجئيين الفلسطينين
|Tue Dec 09 @12:00AM - 11:59PM|
Start of the 1st Palestinian uprising (intifada) (1987) ا انطلاقة الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الاولى
|Wed Dec 10 @12:00AM - 11:59PM|
International HUman Rights Day الاعلان العالمي لحقوق الانسان
|Thu Dec 11 @12:00AM - 11:59PM|
Anniversary of UN general Assemply Resolution 194(III) and establishment of UNCCP (1948) صدور قرار الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة رقم 194-قرار حق العودة وتاسيس لجنة الامم المتحدة