Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine

Noura Erakat (Author)
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Description

The struggle for Palestinian sovereignty has been a quest for inclusion in-and recognition from-a world order that left them behind. Sovereignty has become a trap for Palestinians and getting out is a matter of political vision and will. The law does not determine any particular outcome, it only promises the contest over one. While Jewish and Palestinian sovereignty are incommensurable, their belonging is not. The law is not just and justice is not rule-based.

Product Details

Price
$30.00  $27.60
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.2 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780804798259

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About the Author

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University. She has served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura's research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.

Reviews

"Through a brilliant and bracing analysis of the Palestine question and settler colonialism, Noura Erakat offers a compelling story of how the antinomies of structure and indeterminacy shaped international law and its possibilities. Justice for Some is a vital lens into movement lawyering on the international plane. At once tragic and inspiring, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in decolonization and the politics of international law."--Vasuki Nesiah, New York University "founding member of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) "
"Noura Erakat brings a sophisticated understanding of the role of international law over the last century in the Question of Palestine. This brilliant book will be of great interest to anyone seeking to understand why the outcome, thus far, to the disposition of the Palestine problem has not been a just one."--Rashid Khalidi "author of The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017 "
"Anyone wondering how and why international law has failed so miserably to curb Israeli violations in Palestine and the deleterious effect this has had on the law itself should read this book. Noura Erakat communicates...with the skill of a lawyer and the passion of an activist. Justice for Some is both enriching and inspiring."--Raja Shehadeh "founder of Al-Haq, author of Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine "
"A radical rethinking of the role of law and legal advocacy in the struggle for Palestinian rights. Noura Erakat tells how a refugee problem became a national liberation movement, and the tragic story of how initiative and momentum were squandered after Oslo. Brilliant, inspiring, coldly realistic--and hopeful."--Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence Emeritus "Harvard Law School "
"Noura Erakat's incisive exploration of the role of law in shaping the development of Israel/Palestine reveals the consistent genuflection of international legal institutions to Israel's reliance on well-established colonial practices. She also forcefully argues that the skillful use of international law as a tool of struggle can be generative of hope and possibility--for Palestine and the world. Justice for Some is precisely the book we need at this time."--Angela Y. Davis "author of Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement "
"Without any doubt, Justice for Some is the best book on the law and politics of the Palestine/Israel struggle--sophisticated, learned, humane, and creative. Noura Erakat makes a profound contribution to our general understanding of the paradoxical role of law in the contemporary world."--Richard Falk "Former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, author of Palestine's Horizon: Toward a Just Peace "
"[Erakat] meticulously reveals how Israel ignored international law, the laws of war, duties of an occupying power, and efforts brought through the United Nations to censure its actions....The book will interest those concerned with the law and ethics of war, international law, terrorism laws, and observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its treatment by international bodies. Highly recommended."--S. Zuhur "Choice "
"Erakat's dissection of these legal and political histories is careful and captivating....This book asks that the Palestinian liberation struggle and Jewish-Israeli society each reckon with the impossibility of a two-state future, reimagining what their interests are--and what they could become. In rejecting the zero-sum formula's inevitability, Erakat sees, and demands, an alternative."--Amanda McCaffrey "Jewish Currents "
"[A] major scholarly contribution to the critical literature devoted to resolving the Israel/Palestine struggle in line with the dictates of justice....[I] urge a careful reading of Justice for Some by all those interested in the Palestinian struggle as well as those curious about the way law works for and against human wellbeing."--Richard Falk "Mondoweiss "