Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack By Stephen Zunes

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By Stephen Zunes
Foreign Policy In Focus
June 10, 2010

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in the streets of Tel Aviv last weekend against their right-wing government’s attack on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla sailing in international waters. International condemnation of the raids continued in foreign capitals. Meanwhile, in Washington, Democratic congressional leaders were lining up alongside their Republican colleagues to defend the Israeli assault. Countering the broad consensus of international legal scholars who recognize that the attack was in flagrant violation of international norms, prominent Democrats embraced the Orwellian notion that Israel’s raid, which killed at least nine activists and wounded scores of others, was somehow an act of self-defense.

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Prof. Stephen Zunes on “Occupation and the Attack on International Law” (2005)

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Talk by Prof. Stephen Zunes on “Occupation and the Attack on International Law” given December 9, 2005 in Seattle.

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