International Political Theory

Law, Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine

Authors: Geva, Maayan

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  • Makes a contribution to a timely and topical issue: the debate surrounding the legality of Israel’s occupation of Palestine
  • Combines legal and political sciences discourses to build a strong argument about the use of international law
  • Draws upon original interview materials with key figures in the Israeli military establishment
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This book investigates the Israeli engagement with international law in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) between 1967 and 2009. Grounded in a field-based study of the military International Law Department, it examines the dynamic position and impact that international law has had in the OPT. By analysing the Israeli 2008/9 offensive in Gaza as an example of contemporary warfare, the author argues that law and military agenda have become intertwined in ‘lawfare’, a condition sanctioning new forms of law and violence. The military legal system is central to the Israeli management of the OPT, yet despite the great interest in the legal aspects of the Israeli occupation, scholarly accounts of this institution are scarce. This discussion also has wider international relevance, particularly in the backdrop of the contemporary prominence of international law in Western militaries’ operations. This book will appeal to researchers, practitioners and students interested in international relations, political theory, human rights, Middle Eastern politics, and legal studies.

About the authors

Maayan Geva is Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton, UK. She completed her PhD in Politics and International Studies at the Open University and has worked as a researcher for B’tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Maayan was selected as the runner up for the 2016 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize from the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies 


Reviews

“Maayan Geva brilliantly depicts the self-serving manipulation of International Humanitarian Law by Israel to expand the scope of permissible violence in combat situations. This book is an invaluable guide to the interplay of war and law under contemporary conditions, with implications reaching far beyond Israel/Palestine.” (Richard Falk, Emeritus Milbank Professor of International Law, Princeton University, USA)

“International humanitarian law is generally thought of as a constraint on harming civilians, but Maayan Geva challenges this conventional notion. Examining the unprecedented 2008-9 attack on Gaza, she develops a compelling case that Israel has pioneered the use of international law to enable violence against civilians. This empirically and theoretically rich account is essential reading for anyone interested in law, war and lawfare.” (Martin Shaw, author of “The New Western Way of War”)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Israel’s Management of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and International Humanitarian Law

    Pages 1-29

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  • Conceptual Framework and Research Methods for the Israeli Legal Field in the OPT

    Pages 31-73

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  • A Map of the Israeli Legal Field Operating in the OPT: Structuring Law, Structuring Power

    Pages 75-113

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  • Military Lawyers Making Law: The Contextual Transformations of the MAG Corps’ Legal Practice and the Constitution of Law

    Pages 115-136

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  • The International Law Department at War in Gaza

    Pages 137-166

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Law, Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine
Authors
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34153-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34153-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-34152-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81689-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 188
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