Last night I caught Raji Sourani, the human rights leader in Gaza, speaking at the CUNY Law School in Queens. More of what he said at the end of this post. But this week and next if you’re on the east coast you have a terrific opportunity to see this giant of international law alongside Shawan Jabarin of al-Haq in Ramallah speaking. Here are the dates:
-Tonight, 4/12, 6:30-8:30– Sourani, Jabarin and Amira Hass, NYU Law School
-Wednesday, 4/13 1:00-2:30, UN Church Center, Sourani and Jabarin and Katherine Gallagher of Center for Constitutional Rights
-Wednesday, 4/13 6:30-8:30, NY Society for Ethical Culture, Sourani, Jabarin, Rashid Khalidi and Katherine Franke,
· Thursday, April 14: Harvard, with Sara Roy. 12:30 PM.
· Wednesday April 20, Washington DC. Washington College of Law.
· Wednesday April 20: Washington. New America Foundation, 3-4:30 PM.
Max Blumenthal reports that the rightwing group NGO Monitor is pressuring Columbia University to shut the event down tomorrow because of the association of Code Pink, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and other groups. Crazy.
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) April 12, 2016
Here was some of Sourani’s statement last night, about why he works in military courts.
We used to do active work under occupation. Sometimes you pay and you pay dearly for the legal work you are doing. Including imprisonment. And detention, administrative detention for no legal reason whatsoever….
Why we work under occupation? Why we work in Israel military courts? Do we have any illusion about justice or equality that can be achieved under occupation? Do we think that law practice is productive for those we represent? We never ever were under such illusion of the Israeli criminal military occupation. But we wanted to be the eyewitness.