International Law & Ethics (Israel Democracy Institute) (Gaza 2014)


For what it’s worth, here’s a legal brief, which you can read here, relating to the current military operation in Gaza. It was prepared at the Israel Democracy Institute, and hews pretty closely to the 4th Geneva Convention, about which I’ve posted below. Like all legal documents, this is a a bloodless one, indicating the strained relationship, the disjoint, actually, between legal norms and the awfulness of lived reality and political practice. It’s probably the case that this strained disjoint is basic and unavoidable. Unable to close the gap, at the very best, law can only constrain some of the harshness that defines that reality, but it can’t really resolve those inherent tensions or do away with the misery it seeks to mollify.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to International Law & Ethics (Israel Democracy Institute) (Gaza 2014)

  1. dmf says:

    as publics we don’t do well with the tragic and mourning, something about the epic scales of these problems is involved but not sure of how to get a grip on it, reminds me of Judith Butler asking what do we do with the suffering of strangers on our tv sets in our living rooms, we are ill equipped…

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