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Monday, November 26, 2012

Video: Israel's borders in international law

Here's a video of a talk by Professor Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University about the international law issues related to Israel's borders.

This is a little bit long (about 46 minutes), but well worth your time. 

Let's go to the videotape. I'll have a final comment after the tape.

Watch on TorahCafé.com!

I am in touch with Professor Kontorovich (I got this video from him and not from a Google search), so if any of you have questions or would like Professor Kontorovich to come speak on your campus or at your synagogue, please drop me a note at israelmatzav@gmail.com and I will be happy to pass it on to him.


I have contacted Professor Kontorovich regarding one of the comments below, and he responded as follows:
The mandate specifically says that that Palestine shall be "a Jewish national home."  That will be achieved by allowing Jewish immigration (which the British did not do). While all residents can become citizens, the Mandate only speaks of a "Jewish national home."

The Partition Plan has no legal effect, it is a GA resolution.

Israel had no definite "borders" when it was born, aside from the Mandate. The armistice lines were not borders by their very definition.

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At 12:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have question. First of all, I am entirely pro Israel but I just do not have a legal background to dismiss these claims that I will reference.

See this website, http://talknic.wordpress.com/unsc-resolution-242-did-not-call-to-negotiate-borders/

Within it there exist two basic claims. The first is that Israel's sovereignty does not exist beyond the recognized borders when it declared itself (basically UNRES 181). Land other than that has not been annexed, so it is not Israel. Therefore Israel is obligated to retreat to its UN recognized borders as established when it was born.

Claim two is that the British Mandate did not speak of a Jewish State but a State of Palestine for all of its citizens (a one state solution).

Article 7 The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine.

Interestingly, this website also claims that he will remove any claim that can be proven false. So please do.


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