Nazi Germany’s Planned War on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

Dec. 13 2016

A favorite trope of anti-Semites, especially on the left, is that there was an underlying affinity between Zionists and Nazis (both wanted to get Jews out of Europe), and that Zionists were somehow guilty of collaboration. Like so many libels, this one contains a grain of truth: the Zionist leadership negotiated with the Nazi regime to get permission for over 30,000 German Jews to come to Palestine. But in reality this was but a desperate measure on the part of the Yishuv to save some Jews when the world was closing its doors to refugees. Furthermore, explains Samuel Miner, Nazi Germany was not at all well-disposed to the establishment of a Jewish state, and was eager to kill Jews in the Middle East:

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More about: History & Ideas, Holocaust, Mandate Palestine, Nazism, World War II

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

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More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank