Is UNRWA (UN Palestinian refugees agency) violating international law?

Introduction During the current Gaza conflict, several incidents gave rise to a serious suspicion that UNRWA is repeatedly violating international law by aiding Hamas in its armed conflict against Israel. Below I will describe what can be done about the aforementioned suspicion and what are the UN’s legal and moral obligations in handling the case. Legal Personality…

Putin and Obama Round Two

In my last blog post about the Obama administration’s foreign policy, titled Obama’s Red Wedding, I reviewed the administration’s policy in the Middle East and its power play with Putin’s Russia on the background of the Syria chemical weapons fiasco. In the aforementioned post I wrote the following lines, which in light of recent events in…

The Residents of the “West Bank”: A Second Look

Introduction It is very popular worldwide to object to what is often called “The Israeli Settlements” in the regions of Judea and Samaria  (what some call the “West Bank”, hereinafter the “Territories”). At first glance those towns and cities may seem similar to well known cases of western oppression from recent history, allegedly the same…

EU Ban on Israeli Entities Beyond the 67 Armistice Lines – Guidelines for Peace or Apartheid?

On the background of the recently renewed US brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (“PA“), the EU has published an official document titled Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014…

Obama’s Red Wedding

When examining US foreign policy, or almost any other country’s foreign policy for that matter, it quickly becomes clear that most of it is not guided by morals but by interests covered by a moral rhetoric. Following are a few examples: threatening to strike Syria allegedly because of the use of chemical weapons, while ‘living’…