Palestinian self-determination and statehood

By Andrew Tucker The concepts of statehood and self-determination are at the center of the normative structure on which the international legal order is premised. The right to self-determination refers to the right of a people to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development. It is primarily a political concept. The concept of ‘statehood’, which is…

Together on the Golan

By Jeannette Gabay In order to give our children more freedom and to enable us to enjoy the great outdoors, we recently moved from Jerusalem to a small kibbutz on the Golan Heights. At times, that decision was met with skepticism, because the legal status of the area seems complicated. A brief history lesson: The…

Australia reverses its position on Jerusalem

By Andrew Tucker  The recently-elected centre-left government in Australia announced this week that it will no longer recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing a 2018 decision by the previous conservative government. The government announced that Australia recognizes Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, as Israel’s capital. It reaffirmed that Jerusalem’s status must be resolved in peace…

Where is the new, transparent Dutch governance culture when it comes to financing Palestinian organizations?

By Mr. Freek Vergeer The Dutch government must publish the Proximities investigation report on the links between the Palestinian NGO UAWC (Union of Agricultural Work Committees) and the terror organization PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). The report, commissioned by the Dutch Minister of Trade and Development in 2021, may answer the question…

Growing international criticism of UN Human Rights Council’s one-sided historical and legal narrative

By Andrew Tucker, Program Director, thinc. Earlier this week in Geneva, 22 UN member states (coordinated by the United States) signed a statement to the UN Human Rights Council expressing very strong legal and policy concerns with the establishment in 20221 of the Council’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The occasion…