[Marxism] Petition to Cancel Israeli Invasion Advisor's Visit to NYU Law

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 13:24:53 MST 2014


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*Text of Petition: *

To the NYU Law Federalist Society and NYU Law Professor Ryan Goodman,

We call on the Federalist Society to rescind your invitation to Israeli
Military Lieutenant-Colonel-Doctor Eran Shamir-Borer to speak at the Law
School this coming Thursday; and we call on Professor Ryan Goodman to
cancel your participation in the same event.

Hosting an Israeli military officer to field questions about the legality
of Israeli war crimes goes beyond discussing the matter in an academic
fashion to whitewashing and normalizing those who violate international
law’s core tenets most brazenly.

Shamir-Borer’s supporters describe him as the legal advisor for Operation
Protective Edge, the Israeli military codename for this summer’s Israeli
invasion of Gaza, which killed over two-thousand Palestinians -- most of
them civilians, including roughly five hundred children. Shamir-Borer’s
role is to shield Israel from accountability for war crimes.

There is a virtual international consensus that Israel committed grave
violations of the laws of war during its Gaza invasion. Most human rights
watchdogs, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, as well
as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights Navi Pillay, concluded that Israel perpetrated a number of war
crimes during this campaign, including deliberately targeting civilians and
civilian infrastructure, medical facilities, and shelters, the use of
weaponry incapable of distinction in densely populated areas, generally
failing to distinguish between civilians and combatants, and conducting
disproportionate attacks, among other grave breaches of the Hague
Regulations, Geneva Conventions and customary international law.

Shamir-Borer, who is on tour to justify Israel’s massacres at universities,
has already met with considerable backlash elsewhere. His visit to Tufts
University has sparked over 1200 individuals to petition that university to
cancel the event. Around the country, students are standing up to a culture
of impunity for Israeli atrocities.

This event would continue NYU Law’s unfortunate and irresponsible behavior
in the aftermath of this summer’s tragedy. As you may know, NYU Law
enthusiastically embraced the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society this
August, despite Forum Director Thane Rosenbaum’s abhorrent statement that
Palestinians “forfeit [their] right to be called civilians”. He based this
on how some Palestinians voted in an election, echoing the rationalizations
for violence against civilians used by terrorists.

Individuals who are responsible for such blatant crimes of war deserve to
be heard at their trials. Shamir-Borer’s appropriate venue for this
presentation is at the Hague, not at a law school under the guise of
academic exchange.

Signed,

[The undersigned]



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