While BDS has gotten most of its successes with low-hanging fruit like British academic unions and pop singers, the anti-boycott efforts are getting an enthusiastic reception in real governments, on the state and federal level. And that is because the message of the BDS movement – Israel as a uniquely villainous state – is fundamentally rejected by the vast majority of Americans.
Two talks on Israel and international law in the D.C. area.
You read about today's attack by Iran on a Singaporean tanker first - last week at the Volokh Conspiracy.
Iranian and Swedish ships are trying to test two different blockades today. One is Saudi Arabia's devastating blockade of Yemen, which has half of the country on the very of famine. The other one is widely described as illegal.
Libya has attacked a Turkish ship flagged by the Cook Islands. The Cooks have a similar defense pact with New Zealand as the Marshall Islands, whose ship was seized by Iran recently, has with the United States.
The release of the Maersk Tigris through what amounts to the payment of ransom means this will not be the last time Iran takes civilian shipping hostage.
Iran's purported legal justification for seizing the Maersk Tigris is paper thin. Strangely, many standard-bearers for the international rule of law have been rather quiet about this breach.
Israel has laws banning opinion polling near elections. These would be clearly unconstitutional in the U.S., but notions of free speech differ across countries. But the laws that are likely to come after the elections are truly hard to reconcile with free speech principles.
Here is the full video of my testimony in Congress last week on the Palestinian efforts to join the International Criminal Court, with a particular emphasis on the precedential implications for the U.S. (My testimony starts at about 1:04:00 into the hearing.) The written testimony is here.
Next Wednesday, Feb. 4th, I’ll be testifying at a hearing of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Middle East & North Africa Subcommittee, about the Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. The hearing is open to the public. (That evening at 7:30 I will also be speaking at Georgetown University about piracy and the […]