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Everything About The Tlaib/Omar Story Is Terrible

Posted on August 18, 2019

Everything about the story of Representatives Omar and Tlaib’s aborted visit to Israel is terrible. No one in the whole affair has acted well. And the political motive for the whole fiasco—Donald Trump’s attempt to drive American Jews into the arms of the Republican Party—is so venal, so transparent, and, I hope, so doomed to failure that it makes me despair.

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Case of the Day: Doğan v. Barak

Posted on August 6, 2019

The case of the day is Doğan v. Barak (9th Cir. 2019). I wrote about the district court decision in 2016, and I have also written about another case in the “Gaza flotilla lawfare” genre, Schermerhorn v. Israel, three times (when it was filed, at the district court, and in the DC Circuit). Ahmet and Himet Doğan, both Turkish nationals, were the parents of Furkan Doğan, a US citizen who took part in the Gaza flotilla’s attempt to run the blockade of Gaza and who was killed in the fighting that occurred when the IDF boarded the flotilla vessels after they refused to turn back. They sued Ehud Barak, then Israel’s Minister of Defense, under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act,…

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Israeli Supreme Court Overrules Government In Alqasem Case

Posted on October 24, 2018

The Israeli Supreme Court has overturned the government’s decision to refuse permission to enter the country to Lara Alqasem, a Palestinian American and a former advocate for the BDS movement. Alqasem had traveled to Israel on a student visa to begin studies at Hebrew University, and she said she no longer supported BDS. She was stopped at Ben Gurion Airport and would have been sent home immediately, but she sought a hearing and a stay, and she has now prevailed.

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