1 August 2014   Leave a comment

Much has been made of the right of self-defense in the current Gaza conflict.  Self-defense is not an abstract concept, but it does require a context which has been sadly missing from most of the media presentations of the current fighting.  The most relevant bit of information concerns the status of the people living in the Gaza: since 2009, they have been living under an Israeli Blockade and Closure Policy.  Blockades are acts of war, so the people of the Gaza have been living in a state of war since that time.  In short, they have had the right to invoke the right of self-defense since that time.

The most comprehensive legal analysis of the blockade was written by Elizabeth Spelman and it is entitled “The Legality of the Israeli Naval Blockade of the Gaza Strip.”   It is a dense read, but I recommend it highly.


Posted August 2, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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