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thinc.Bulletin – May 2023 (B)

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∞ Two states for two peoples? Event at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
∞ Looking back | Israel on Trial Conference
∞ Current developments | Reading recommendations
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“Israel is an apartheid state”. “Israel is a racist, colonial enterprise”. “Israel was established at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians”. These are the allegations made daily on university campuses and in the secular media.

  • A member of the Parliament in New South Wales (Australia) recently declared that the State of Israel was established at the expense of the Palestinians. “Israel was established, and the indigenous Palestinians were erased as a consequence.”. Moreover, he argued, “since 1967 the Palestinians have been denied their right to statehood.”
  • On 12th May, City University of New York (CUNY) law school gave a platform to Fatima Mousa Mohammed to vilify Israel, accusing Israel of indiscriminately murdering Palestinians, condemning “settler colonialism”, and calling for boycott and sanctions against Israel.

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Two states for two peoples?
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Discussion Event on May 14

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.

On May 14, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs hosted Andrew Tucker, our director. Amb. Alan Baker moderated the discussion. Andrew summarized the conclusions of thinc.’s new book Two States for Two Peoples: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, International Law and European Union Policy, co-authored with Profs. Wolfgang Bock and Gregory Rose, to an audience of Jerusalem Center fellows, scholars, and associates.

Click here to read an article by JNS about the event
Click here to buy the report ‘Two States for Two Peoples?’


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 a taster of the conference, as well as two more speeches, by Steven Zipperstein (thinc.) and Natasha Hausdorff (Barrister, UKLFI)

Speakers and participants speak about their experiences at the ‘Israel on Trial’ conference
Steven Zipperstein, Lecturer in the Global Studies program at UCLA, visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University Law School and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, discusses the Arab-Jewish conflict, framing of the conflict, and statehood proposals. In his speech, he argues the Palestinian legal case is weak due to the lack of political rights granted, as well as the repeated renunciation of statehood proposals by the Palestinian Arabs throughout. Zipperstein argues that the Palestinian insistence on invoking transformational legal framing and the injustice/victimhood narrative has become so overwhelmingly identified with the Palestinian politico-national movement that little or no room remains for serious discussion of the future task of state-building. Zipperstein suggests that the way to move forward is for the Palestinians to return to the negotiations table instead.
Natasha Hausdorff, a barrister in London and a Director of UK Lawyers for Israel, addresses the question ‘What are the border of the State of Israel?. In her speech, she argues that Israel’s international standing has been harmed by the application of double standards and the continuing misrepresentations of international law. The universal rule for determining borders for emerging states dictates that such states are established with the same boundaries of the prior administrative entity in that land unless otherwise agreed. The rule has been consistently applied. Under this principle of international law, Hausdorff argues, Israel automatically inherited the mandatory boundaries as its own borders. While parts of these territories (e.g. the Westbank) are politically disputed, the correct legal principle to be applied is clear and the term “annexation” is fundamentally misconceived as a State cannot annex its own sovereign territory.


Biden’s antisemitism plan adopts the IHRA definition – by Arsen Ostrovsky and Mark Goldfeder. Last Thursday, the Biden administration released its long-awaited National Strategy to Combat Antisemitism. The plan is bold, comprehensive and impressive, but one point must be immediately highlighted. Continue reading >> here <<

Does Israel have a legitimate claim of sovereignty over the West Bank? – By John Strawson and Natasha Hausdorff. Two experts voice their opposing views on the status of Israel’s possible annexation of the Westbank. Continue reading >> here <<

Legal Framing and Lawfare in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – by Steven Zipperstein and published in the Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs. Continue reading >> here <<

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