Framing Israel: The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Spring 2018 Gaza Border Confrontations

(Lawfare) Geoffrey S. Corn and Peter Margulies - The UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry (COI) published its full report on March 18 on the border confrontation that occurred last spring between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and tens of thousands of Gaza residents who sought to force their way into Israel by breaching the security barrier. The COI framed these events as a series of demonstrations that were "civilian in nature." Israel and its Supreme Court framed the same events quite differently: as a new evolution in Israel's ongoing armed conflict with the terrorist organization Hamas. Consistency and common sense suggest that the Israeli High Court of Justice's framing is a more rational explanation of what occurred. Geoffrey S. Corn is a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Peter Margulies is a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law.

2019-03-19 00:00:00

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