Tag: Palestinian Territories

Security and insecurity in a police state: Security Sector Reform in the occupied Palestinian territories and the law of unintended consequences

As a wave of protests swept through the Arab world in 2010–11, the relative stability of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) largely escaped international attention. In a marked break with the unrest and massive sustained popular mobilizations of the past, no significant opposition emerged to challenge the status quo in the oPt, even though dissatisfaction with the status quo runs high in the territories.

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Breaking Cycle of Impunity in Gaza: Accountability is the Key, the ICC the Best Route

A little over a week ago, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisers on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (Adama Dieng and Jennifer Welsh, respectively) issued a joint statement on the situation in Gaza. The Special Advisers noted that Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas all shared the responsibility to protect the population in Gaza, and that the international community had a responsibility to assist in protecting the civilian population.

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A War Too Far: Israel’s Military Campaign in Gaza

Since 1948, Israel has fought seven regional wars, has had to deal with two intifadas (with the possibility of a third) as well as three localised conflicts in and around Gaza after abandoning the territory in 2005. While Israel has a right to defend itself, it also has a responsibility to understand why a significant portion of the Palestinian population is prepared to endure unspeakable suffering to obtain what it feels is just.

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A Response to ‘Policing in Palestine’

We are pleased that Henrik Malmquist, head of the EUPOL COPPS mission that is the subject of the recent SSR Issue Paper Policing in Palestine: The EU Police Reform Mission in the West Bank by Madeline Kristoff, has agreed to present what he finds are the shortcomings of the analysis. His reactions are pasted below, followed by a response to Mr. Malmquist by the author of the paper.

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