The Legal Ramifications of Extending Israeli Sovereignty to West Bank Communities

Pursuant to the Trump peace plan, Jerusalem is now considering fully applying civil law to areas of the West Bank that have no Palestinian residents, and which would remain under Israel’s control in any foreseeable version of the two-state solution. Such a move, often described as “annexation,” has been widely condemned in advance. But, Dore Gold argues, Israel’s exertion of sovereignty over territory granted to it by international law does not meet the legal definition of annexation. (Video, 4 minutes.)

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More about: International Law, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, West Bank

The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism

Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus