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Noura Erakat
Noura Erakat is a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and Badil's U.S.-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator. Most recently she served as Counsel for a Congressional Committee in the House of Representatives. Noura has appeared on national and international television programs including Al Jazeera International, MSNBC, NBC’s “Politically Incorrect” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” Noura is a Co-Editor of

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Obama's Drone Leaks: New Imminence, Old Tactics

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 9:42 AM

The Senate Armed Services Committee did not mention drones a single time during Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings last week. That oversight, however, says a lot more about the politics surrounding the hearings than it does about the enduring salience of drone technology to...

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The Tea Party and Race in America

(42) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 9:38 PM

What began as a laughable spectacle of Americans reenacting the Boston tea party across the country in early 2009 has congealed into a viable and tangible political force. Early midterm election results indicate as much as Tea Party Senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Marc Rubio ascended to victory in Kentucky...

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Collective Punishment or Not, Gaza Blockade Illegal

(279) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 12:52 PM

Israel's blockade of Gaza is illegal irrespective of the manner in which it is imposed because a blockade is an act of war and an occupying power cannot declare war upon the territory it occupies. To do so would conflate the right to initiate war (jus ad bellum) with the...

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Endless Negotiations: Palestinian Quicksand

(243) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 2:30 PM

News of resumed peace talks have hit the headlines -- on September 1st, international leaders will break bread and on September 2nd, ostensibly well-rested and full-bellied, they will resume direct peace negotiations. Sadly, the photo opportunity will provide little more than the occasion for spectators to juxtapose this photo alongside...

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Its Either Me or the Settlements: A Marriage on the Rocks?

(39) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 4:27 PM

Recurring Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu met with President Obama in Washington this week and, without flinching, attributed the stalled peace process to the U.S. Administration's concern with illegal settlements and not to Israel's violation of the peace process's terms, which unequivocally mandate the cessation of settlement expansion. In absurd...

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Delusional Self-Defense, Delusional Congressional Vote

(121) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 4:43 PM

By Jimmy Leas and Noura Erakat

The 344-36 House vote last week condemning the Goldstone Report, which encourages Israel and Hamas to conduct "credible" independent investigations of war crimes committed in Gaza, may help Israeli leaders avoid prosecution in the short-term. However, the House vote and the negative US votes...

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The Gross Nature of Israel's Violations

(95) Comments | Posted July 8, 2009 | 6:28 PM

June 2009 in Gaza marked two years since the beginning of a blockade of basic goods and six months since the end of one of Israel's most gruesome military onslaughts. The territory, already under occupation and on the steady road towards de-development even before the pummeling strikes of "Operation Cast...

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Paving New Paths to Accountability

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 11:56 AM

On February 24th, Al Haq, a human rights organization based in the West Bank, filed suit against the United Kingdom for breaching its duty as a High Contracting party to the Geneva Convention. The suit alleges that the UK failed to prevent "persistent violations of fundamental principles of international...

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Investigating War Crimes on our Fact Finding Mission to Gaza

(30) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 12:02 PM

In early February Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, released a study concluding that Israel did not violate the laws of war during its 22-day offensive against Gaza. Upon returning from a National Lawyers Guild fact-finding mission in Gaza, I believe it is of the...

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