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Orde F. Kittrie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263577.001.0001

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Palestinian NGOs and Their Allies Wage Lawfare Against Israel

Palestinian NGOs and Their Allies Wage Lawfare Against Israel

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(p.239) Chapter 6 Palestinian NGOs and Their Allies Wage Lawfare Against Israel
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Lawfare
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Orde F. Kittrie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263577.003.0006

This chapter addresses lawfare against Israel by Palestinian NGOs and their allies. Section I analyzes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), including EU guidelines restricting grants to Israel; BDS citing Israeli “war crimes” as justification for damaging Israeli-affiliated businesses; and lawfare by Israel supporters combating BDS. Section II describes attempts to generate “universal jurisdiction” prosecutions of Israelis in third countries for alleged war crimes. Section III analyzes efforts to instigate legal action against non-Israeli companies in third-country courts for allegedly “aiding and abetting” Israeli “war crimes.” Section IV discusses Israeli responses. Section V compares the Palestinians’ sophisticated waging of lawfare with the PA’s and Hamas’s poor compliance with international law and the rule of law. Section VI assesses lessons learned and the future of lawfare by the PA and Palestinian NGOs and their allies, as well as future Israeli responses.

Keywords:   lawfare, non-governmental, Palestinian Authority, boycott, divestment, sanctions, war crimes, universal jurisdiction, Israel

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