Gaza: beyond international law?

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Gaza OLS 2019

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Ben White will question the role – and rule – of international law in Gaza.

He will explain that “since the 2005 withdrawal of settlers, Israel has claimed that the Gaza Strip is no longer under occupation – a claim rejected by the United Nations and other bodies. Over the last 14 years, Israeli authorities have repeatedly promoted ‘innovations’ in international law to justify a variety of political and military policies, including blockades and bombings.”

So for Palestinians in Gaza, does international law offer protection from occupation and assault – or has it become another tool of oppression?

Ben is a writer and analyst, specialising in Palestine/Israel. He has written for Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Independent and others - and has published four books, the latest of which is Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel. He has appeared on TV and radio, and spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Amnesty UK, and universities in the UK, Canada and the USA.