Catastrophe and Utopian Ideology: Nakba Day and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, May 18, 2012

May 15, 1998 marked the 50th anniversary of the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, and the creation of the State of Israel. It was nearly five years after the signing of the “Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements,” better known as the Oslo Accords, between Israel and the PLO that led to [...]

UNRWA-nomalous: Part III

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, May 2, 2012

In the previous parts of this series, the history of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, has been traced from its origins as a genuine attempt to deal with a humanitarian crisis to a politicized agency whose continued existence helps ensure that the Palestinian refugee camps will remain in [...]

UNRWA-nomalous: Part II

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, April 25, 2012

Part I of this series showed how the United Nations sought to provide for refugees resulting from Israel’s independence and successful defense against its attacking neighboring states by creating a specialized refugee works and relief agency. This agency in question is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, better known since as [...]

UNRWA-nomalous: Part I

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, April 20, 2012

The continued existence of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli Conflict for decades, but not necessarily a positive one. In fact, the title of a 2008 Jonathan Spyer piece puts UNRWA’s role succinctly into perspective: UNRWA: Barrier to Peace. Yet UNRWA was not [...]

The Temporary Victory at the ICC Points to a Difficult Road Ahead

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, April 3, 2012

On January 22, 2009 the Palestinian Authority attempted to bring war crimes charges against Israel by accepting the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over the West Bank and Gaza, despite the fact that the PA is not a state. Today, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo declined to find that the ICC had jurisdiction, because the [...]

Jerusalem: Eternal City, Transitory Attacks

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, March 30, 2012

Jerusalem has been in the news even more than usual this past week, beginning with a US Supreme Court ruling that clearly repudiated a State Department claim of sweeping power over foreign policy and Jerusalem, and ending with the latest attempt to stir up global sentiment against Israel, this time not with a flotilla or [...]

The Al Dura Hoax Continues: Truth and Technicalities in French Court

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, March 13, 2012

By Aaron Eitan Meyer Many around the world were shocked and horrified in 2000 when France 2 broadcast a brief video purportedly showing a young Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura being supposedly shot by Israeli forces in a 55-second video clip taken on September 30, 2000, at the beginning of the deadly Second Intifada against [...]

Disinformation and Lawfare: the Al-Dura Cases

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, February 16, 2012

Wars have rarely been won by using a single tactic, and this holds true for current non-military campaigns, including those waged by the use of legal warfare, or lawfare. When the goal of a campaign is to widely disseminate disinformation, legal intimidation is often an effective means of silencing inconvenient facts that would disrupt the [...]