Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University, and she is the US-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including Arab Women Arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). She is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.
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Israel is Trying to Change the Laws of War

If not rebuffed legally and politically, Israel’s innovations could eventually come to be accepted as the norm. In summer 2014, Israel unleashed unprecedented violence against the Gaza Strip. Although it was the third such large-scale attack since 2008, the 14th military offensive since Israel’s unilateral disengagement in 2005 and the 22nd since former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon... Continue Reading

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Palestine and the United Nations

The recognition of Palestine by the UN General Assembly as a non-member observer state has diplomatically affirmed the Palestinian cause for self-determination, argues Noura Erakat. The bid will not, however, work to salvage the two-state solution, which has long been declared dead. The Palestinian UN bid for non-member observer status was certain to pass as the majority of UN member states... Continue Reading

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One Year Later: No State, No Bid, No Freedom

It is now the responsibility of the Palestinian people themselves, to deny the leadership legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority as well as to seek alternative paths forward to end the Israeli occupation, argues Noura Erakat. In early August 2012, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to renew the United Nations statehood bid in September: "Even if this step... Continue Reading

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