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Making Sense of the Arab Responses to Israeli War in Gaza

Responses by the Arab States to the war in Gaza give an indication of changing geopolitics in the region and its corresponding impact on their behaviour. If seen closely, there is a hint of a departure from the passivity vis-à-vis Palestine acquired in the last few decades to a stance marked by accommodation of popular will expressed in the protest mobilisations that oppose the war and demand strict actions against Israeli occupation.

The UNSC Resolution and Israel’s US-granted Impunity

The international community must conceive possible diplomatic actions that subvert the hegemonic veto powers and make Israel comply with legal and moral norms.

Israel’s War on Gaza

Israel’s relentless bombing of Gaza has brought the Palestine question into the global consciousness. The reason for hope is the indefatigable Palestinian people and their resolve for freedom. The changing geopolitical environment of multipolarity and the possibility of independent diplomacy provide an opening.

Eyeless in Gaza

Israeli military actions in the narrow strip of land that is Gaza have deliberately created “human debris” of the people living in it. The significant aspects of the terrible conditions of Gaza are a denial of Palestinian statehood, continuing Israeli military occupation and, most importantly, refugee status that stretches back to the past of the Nakba.

 

Need for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

An unconditional establishment of peace must proceed further towards ensuring justice.

The Perpetual Problem of Palestine–Israel: A Legal Analysis

Constant violence has marred the relations between Palestine and Israel for more than six decades. Recent tensions arose due to evictions by Israeli police and the ensuing damage to a Palestinian mosque. Clashes with the public made matters worse and a ceasefire was possible only after many days of relentless bloodshed. Many term the Israeli occupation of territory as “belligerent,” especially when weighed on the scales of international and humanitarian law. It, therefore, becomes imperative to understand the conflict and subsequent actions from a legal point of view. This article tries to understand the various international laws and agreements which apply to the conflict and also aims to understand the approach of judicial bodies towards this dispute.

Violent Occupation, Unreasonable Restrictions, Collective Punishment: A Reading List on the Israel–Palestine Crisis in Gaza

Continued violence and non-recognition of basic rights have marked the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The self-governed Gaza Strip has faced “collective punishment” and “retaliation” by Israel in response to Palestinian resistance to occupation. The international community’s failure to hold Israel to account is marked by the non-recognition of the Palestinian claims to justice.

A ‘Greater Israel’ in the Making?

Trump seems to be bent on jettisoning the “two-state solution” to the Arab–Israeli conflict.

Gaza, the Ruin

Gaza Unsilenced edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad, Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015; pp 320, $21.

Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp 422, Rs 2,722.98.

The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza by Max Blumenthal, New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2015; pp XXV +261, Rs 325.

Shell-Shocked: On the Ground under Israel's Gaza Assault by Mohammed Omer, New York: OR Books, 2015; pp 304, $20.

Israel-Palestine Conflict and India's Role

From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity edited by Githa Hariharan; New Delhi: Left Word Publications, pp 210, Rs 350.

India and the Israeli War on Palestine

India's reaction to the latest attacks by Israel on Palestinians in the Gaza strip betrays a poor understanding of the acts of an occupying power against a colonised people.

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