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Gaza End Game?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.

Last week’s news that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have entered into a new pact with former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan appeared to signal a new phase not only in Palestinian politics but in the wider Palestinian-Israeli and Arab regional arena. What once seemed unthinkable has become a reality, as the balance of power shifts due to the current Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis with Qatar.

Terrorism

EDNY Dismisses Suits Against Facebook on Hamas Attacks

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed two lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook liable for the use of its platform to coordinate and encourage violent attacks by users linked to Hamas in 2015, holding that Facebook was protected from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The opinion grants Facebook's motion to dismiss in two cases, Cohen v. Facebook and Force v.

Omphalos

A Critical Analysis of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Despite the many tumultuous events that have transpired in both the Middle East and the rest of the world since 2014, the conflict that erupted during that summer between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, particularly fighting involving Hamas in Gaza, continues to have importance with respect to the politics of the region, as well as the law and policy in the conduct of armed operations by all sides.

Omphalos

Gaza Aid Workers, Hamas, and the Immunity of UN Officials

Israel has recently signaled that it intends to increase its efforts to disrupt Hamas’ attempts to tap into the funds and resources of international aid organizations operating in Gaza. But the criminal proceedings initiated by the Israeli authorities against two aid workers accused of helping Hamas have been met with international criticism, and in one of the cases, with a UN legal challenge. In this post, I consider the UN’s claim that a UNDP official charged with assisting Hamas should be granted immunity from prosecution.

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