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thinc.Bulletin – June 2023

June 2023 | thinc.Bulletin | 23/6


∞ Help us defend Israel
∞ Two states for two peoples? CBN-interview
∞ Looking back | Israel on Trial Conference
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The ”lawfare” campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel is an attack on the only place the Jewish people can call home. And it is undermining the possibilities of a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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One of our current projects is assisting certain governments to make submissions to the International Court of Justice to argue that the Court should not render an Advisory Opinion in response to the recent one-sided UN General Assembly request (see further below).

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Two states for two peoples?

Interview with Andrew Tucker – CBN NEWS

Since the 1970s, the EU has been the leading advocate of the establishment of a fully sovereign Palestinian state in eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza as the only possible solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This policy has failed the test of history. Today, EU policy no longer aligns with the realities on the ground or the EU’s own interests. Addressing the historical, legal and political dimensions of the “Two-State” policy, thinc. published a report in December 2022 which provides a thorough reassessment of the EU’s Middle East policies.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief, interviewed Andrew on the question if the two-state solution could actually bring an end to the bloody Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Click here to see the interview from 12:24


In recognition of Israel’s 75th anniversary, we recently organized the inaugural Israel on Trial conference in The Hague (29-30 March). Legal experts from around the world gathered to deliberate on the phenomenon of “lawfare” against Israel. It was concluded that the one-sided criticism and condemnation of Israel is not only unfair, it undermines Israel’s right to territorial integrity, misplaces the causes of conflict, and only serves to harden extreme positions on all sides. International institutions such as the ICJ and ICC should refuse to allow themselves to be used as instruments in politically-motivated proceedings that undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel.

Today, we are pleased to share with you two more speeches:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bock addresses ‘Palestinian statehood: fallacies of the EU’s approach to international law’. In his speech, he highlights different misconceptions that have been adopted by the international community that distort the correct understanding of Israeli and Palestinian statehood and self-determination. These misconceptions include the fact that UN resolutions are presented as law, that the Palestine Mandate is losing authority, the tenet of the ‘legal second’ – the void of one second between the passing of the mandate and the establishment of the State of Israel which transferred authority to the Palestinian people, and the dogma that argues that sovereignty doesn’t require any sort of process, but is intrinsic in the individual.
Naomi Linder Kahn, director of the International Division of Regavim, addresses the Israeli and Arab activities in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria since the Oslo Accords. In her speech, she zooms in to the actual and physical expressions on the ground of the war of attribution in Judea and Samaria, and the many ways Israel’s sovereignty and (international) law are being violated. One of the primary worrying markers is Israel’s significant loss of land in area C, over 20% to date. In her speech, Kahn addresses the reasons for this land loss and general Palestinian practices aimed at breaking, stopping, or reversing Israeli landownership in the West Bank (e.g. illegal construction, environmental terrorism, agricultural land seizure, etc.) In her final remarks, Kahn underlined the fact that Israel created this situation by refraining from imposing Israeli law under the pressure of the international community. Therefore, according to Kahn, it is Israel that can correct it.


The clock is ticking on a potentially catastrophic decision for Israel at the World Court. There are seven weeks left to meet the deadline for UN member states to make submissions to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague concerning sanctions against Israel.

Just a few months ago, the UN General Assembly in New York passed a resolution in support of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) campaign to secure an ICJ legal opinion in favor of anti-Israel sanctions. The resolution passed, even though it was supported only by a minority of member states (87 out of 193).

Continue reading >> here <<

“European lawmakers: EU labeling policy is antisemitic” – A delegation of parliamentarians and policymakers from 10 European countries, among whom our own Andrew Tucker, gathered in Prague to denounce the E.U. policy of exclusively labeling goods made in Israeli territory, calling it a violation of the universally recognized definition of antisemitism. Click >> here << to continue reading.

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