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Human Rights as a Security Threat: Lawfare and the Campaign against Human Rights NGOs

Neve Gordon
Law & Society Review
2 years 8 months ago
In this article, I show how the term lawfare is being deployed as a speech act in order to encode the field of human rights as a national security threat. The objective, I claim, is to hinder the work of human rights organizations that produce and disseminate knowledge about social wrongs perpetrated by military personnel and government officials, particularly evidence of acts emanating from the global war on terrorism—such as torture and extrajudicial

What Can Pro-Democracy Activists in Arab Countries Expect from the European Union? Lessons from the Union's Relations with Israel

Neve Gordon and Sharon Pardo
Democracy and Security
3 years 10 months ago

In this article, we analyze the European Union’s (EU) approach to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, showing that there is a wide gap between its normative opposition to the occupation, Israel’s expanding settlement project, and the EU’s foreign trade policy. Our argument is not only that there is no evidence of norm diffusion from the EU to Israel, but that within the EU itself there is no diffusion from the normative political stance to the EU’s economic interests. The Israeli case suggests that

The Geography and Political Context of Human Rights Education: Israel as a Case Study

Neve Gordon
Journal of Human Rights
4 years 5 months ago

Studies have shown that human rights education (HRE) can help promote democracy
and social progress by empowering individuals and groups and pushing governments to
fulfill their obligations towards residents. Assuming that such assessments are accurate,
I argue that the successful application of human rights education requires much more
than what is generally discussed in the scholarly literature: adjustments to curriculum,
additional resources, and adequate teacher training programs. Using Israel as a case

Western Interests, Israeli Unilateralism, and the Two-State Solution

Neve Gordon and Yinon Cohen
Journal Of Palestine Studies
4 years 7 months ago

This essay analyzes the impact of Israeli unilateralism—specifically that of its settlement project—on the two-state solution. After exploring the relationship between unilateralism and power, the authors show, inter alia, that in-migration has accounted for about half the settlement growth since the international embrace of the land-for peace formula in 1991, that the level of in-migration does not fluctuate according to government composition (right or left), and that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have spurred rather than inhibited settlement expansion.

A Villa in the Jungle: The Arab Awakening through the Lens of the Israeli Media

Neve Gordon
Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 105–117
5 years 3 months ago

In the Israeli media, the message conveyed to Hebrew-speaking audiences has been that the uprisings in the Arab world are clashes between ethnic, religious or tribal groups. This depiction fits well within the representational framework of Israel as an island of civilization surrounded by savages. Th is conceptual framework serves to determine Israel’s regional policies, both with many of its neighboring countries and with the Palestinians.

Democracy and Colonialism

Neve Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

For some time now I have been pondering the closely knit relationship between democracy and colonialism. Notwithstanding the widespread
conception among democracy theorists that there is a contradiction between the two, in this paper I contend that colonialism has served as a
crucial component in the historical processes through which modern democracies were created and sustained.

The Political Economy of Israel’s Homeland Security Industry

Neve Gordon
8 years 1 month ago

“No other advanced technology country has such a large proportion of citizens with real time experience in the army, security and police forces,” reads a glossy government brochure entitled Israel Homeland Security: Opportunities for Industrial Cooperation.

The Political Economy of Transnational Regimes: The Case of Human Rights

Nitza Berkovitch and Neve Gordon
International Studies Qaurterly
8 years 7 months ago

Focusing on the flow of funding to human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we begin in this article to broach one of the least studied issues pertaining to transnational regimes—namely, their material underpinnings.

From Colonization to Separation: exploring the structure of Israel's occupation

Neve Gordon
Third World Quarterly
9 years 1 month ago

Much has changed during Israel’s 40 years of occupation of Palestinian territory. Within the past six years Israel has, on average, killed more Palestinians per year than it killed during the first 20 years of occupation. Those who help manufacture public opinion within Israel claim that the dramatic increase in Palestinian deaths results from the fact that the Palestinians have changed the methods of violence they employ against Israel, and that Israel, in turn, has also begun using more violent means.

Of Dowries and Brides: A Structural Analysis of Israel's Occupation

Neve Gordon
New Political Science
9 years 2 months ago

In this article I attempt to uncover some of the causes leading to the dramatic changes that have taken place over the past four decades in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Drawing attention to the way in which the Palestinian inhabitants have been managed, my central thesis is that the occupation’s very structure, rather than the policy choices of the Israeli government, has led to the shifts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.