Monday, March 3, 2008

World Court on Israel Palestinian Conflict.

Finkelstein at Birkbeck College (University of London) "How can we help the Palestinian cause?"01.23.2008 Indymedia UKOn Wednesday 23rd January, The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) hosted a workshop entitled "How can UK Residents Help the Palestinian Cause?" The guest speaker was Norman Finkelstein, and this audio is a record of the event. The first part consists of Finkelstein's Introductory remarks, and Part 2 is a recording of the workshop, and a short Q&A session.
Finkelstein's introductory remarks - mp3 (58MB)How can we help the Palestinian cause? - mp3 (79MB)During the workshop, Norman Finkelstein recommends 4 books as good introductory texts to the conflict. They are:1) Noam Chomsky - Fateful Triangle2) Robert Fisk - Pity the Nation3) Benny Morris - Righteous Victims ("good up until 1956")4) Zeev Maoz - Defending the HolylandIf you're thinking of reading them, try ordering them through your public library.Link to the Hebron report referred to by Finkelstein:

The "World Court," officially known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
We found the information by simply typing "world court" into the Yahoo! search box and making our way to the resulting International Court of Justice Yahoo! category. There we found the official ICJ site.
The ICJ began work in 1946 when it replaced the Permanent Court of International Justice. According to the site, its functions include:
Settling in accordance with international law the legal disputes submitted to it by States.
Giving advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized international organs and agencies. The Court is composed of 15 judges and can't include more than one judge of any nationality. The judges are elected to nine-year terms by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.
Check out the web site for some of the ICJ's most important decisions and its current docket. In addition, the web site features a comprehensive guide (based on a booklet prepared for the Court's 50th anniversary in 1996) to the history, composition, jurisdiction, procedure, and decisions of the ICJ.