Gaza Genocide: An Introductory Critical Legal Reading List

by | 1 May 2024

We asked Jessica Whyte, Goldie Osuri and Marina Velickovic to put together a resource pack of the most important critical (legal) work on the on-going Gaza Genocide. We hope this will be of use in teaching, researching and generally understanding the terrible events that are unfurling before our eyes. Generally the texts are blogs and shorter articles, but there are also some deeper dives and further resources.

Abusalim, Jehad. “Gaza: A Model of Exclusion and Its Implications for Global Politics.” The Jerusalem Fund (blog), February 21, 2024. https://thejerusalemfund.org/2024/02/gaza-a-model-of-exclusion-and-its-implications-for-global-politics/

Allan, Lori. “The Rorschach test of Palestine in international law”, Mondoweiss, January 29, 2024. https://mondoweiss.net/2024/01/the-rorschach-test-of-palestine-in-international-law/

Asad, Talal.  “Reflections on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Humanity Journal (blog), March 21, 2024. https://humanityjournal.org/blog/reflections-on-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/

Baars, Grietje. “The Uses of Marxist Theory of Law during a Genocide.” Critical Legal Thinking (blog), February 19, 2024. https://criticallegalthinking.com/2024/02/19/the-uses-of-marxist-theory-of-law-during-a-genocide/

Baconi, Tareq. “Gaza Without Pretenses.” The New York Review of Books (blog), October 11, 2023. https://www.nybooks.com/online/2023/10/11/gaza-without-pretenses/

Erakat, Noura. Genocide and Accountability in Gaza: The Limits and Potential of International Law, 14 February, 2024. https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/genocide-and-accountability-gaza-limits-and-potential-international-law

Luigi Daniele. “A Lethal Misconception, in Gaza and beyond: Disguising Indiscriminate Attacks as Potentially Proportionate in Discourses on the Laws of War,” EJIL: Talk! (blog), November 7, 2023, https://www.ejiltalk.org/a-lethal-misconception-in-gaza-and-beyond-disguising-indiscriminate-attacks-as-potentially-proportionate-in-discourses-on-the-laws-of-war/

De Waal, Alexander. “Famine Expert Alex de Waal on Israel’s Starvation of Gaza,” January 18, 2024 https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/interview/2024/01/18/israel-icj-gaza-famine-starvation-de-waal

Erakat, Noura, Li, Darryl and Reynolds, John. ‘Race, Palestine, and International Law’ 2023 AJIL Unbound 117, 77-81, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4405348

Esmeir, Samera. “To Say and Think a Life beyond What Settler Colonialism Has Made.” Mada Masr, https://www.madamasr.com/en/2023/10/14/opinion/u/to-say-and-think-a-life-beyond-what-settler-colonialism-has-made/

Gurmendi, Alonso. “In Defence of the Defenceless.” Opinio Juris (blog), October 20, 2023. https://opiniojuris.org/2023/10/20/in-defence-of-the-defenceless/.

Haddad, Muna, and Neve Gordon. “The Road to Famine in Gaza.” The New York Review of Books (blog), March 30, 2024, https://www.nybooks.com/online/2024/03/30/the-road-to-famine-in-gaza/

Hammouri, Shahd. “‘How Many Martyrs Left until Liberation?’ Mass Atrocity as International Law’s Price for Emancipation.” TWAILR, February 20, 2024. https://twailr.com/how-many-martyrs-left-until-liberation-mass-atrocity-as-international-laws-price-for-emancipation/

Haque, Adil Ahmad. “Enough: Self-Defense and Proportionality in the Israel-Hamas Conflict.” Just Security, November 6, 2023. https://www.justsecurity.org/89960/enough-self-defense-and-proportionality-in-the-israel-hamas-conflict/

Hirak. “Invasion Day: Palestinian and First Nation Liberation as One.” https://www.newarab.com/. The New Arab, January 26, 2024. https://www.newarab.com/opinion/invasion-day-palestinian-and-first-nation-liberation-one

Iraqi, Amjad. “Unilateral Actions.” The New York Review of Books (blog), March 2, 2024. https://www.nybooks.com/online/2024/03/02/unilateral-actions-gaza-rafah/

Jamshid, Maryami. “Biden Executive Order on West Bank Violence More Likely to Be Used against Palestinians than Israeli Settlers.” Mondoweiss, February 5, 2024. https://mondoweiss.net/2024/02/biden-executive-order-on-west-bank-violence-more-likely-to-be-used-against-palestinians-than-israeli-settlers/

Kattan, Victor. “The Implications of An ICJ Finding That Israel Is Committing the Crime Against Humanity of Apartheid.” Just Security, March 20, 2024. https://www.justsecurity.org/93403/the-implications-of-an-icj-finding-that-israel-is-committing-the-crime-against-humanity-of-apartheid/

Li, Darryl, “Imperialism’s Shell Game”, LPE Project (blog), Accessed May 1, 2024. https://lpeproject.org/blog/imperialisms-shell-game/

Li, Darryl. “The Charge of Genocide.” Dissent Magazine (blog). Accessed April 8, 2024. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/the-charge-of-genocide/

Maharmeh, Ihab. “Palestinian Workers’ Resisrain the Age of Neoliberal Settler Colonialism.” Critical Legal Thinking, April 23, 2024. https://criticallegalthinking.com/2024/04/23/palestinian-workers-resistance-in-the-age-of-neoliberal-settler-colonialism/

Mazer, Noah. “Liberal Poem for Palestine.” Protean Magazine, March 1, 2024. https://proteanmag.com/2024/03/01/liberal-poem-for-palestine/

McNally, Ed. “Against Solutionism.” NLR/Sidecarhttps://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/against-solutionism

Mishra, Pankaj. “The Shoah after Gaza.” London Review of Books, March 1, 2024. https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v46/n06/pankaj-mishra/the-shoah-after-gaza

Moses, A. Dirk. “More than Genocide.” Boston Review, November 14, 2023. https://www.bostonreview.net/articles/more-than-genocide/

Francesca Albanese, OHCHR. 2024. “Anatomy of a Genocide: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 to Human Rights Council” – Advance unedited version (A/HRC/55/73). March. https://www.un.org/unispal/document/anatomy-of-a-genocide-report-of-the-special-rapporteur-on-the-situation-of-human-rights-in-the-palestinian-territory-occupied-since-1967-to-human-rights-council-advance-unedited-version-a-hrc-55/

Palestinian Feminist Collective. “A Feminist Praxis for Academic Freedom in the Context of Genocide in Gaza,” Mondoweiss, April 11, 2024. https://mondoweiss.net/2024/04/a-feminist-praxis-for-academic-freedom-in-the-context-of-genocide-in-gaza/

Saad, Bassem. “Palestine’s Martyrdom Upends the World of Law • Protean Magazine.” Protean Magazine, January 27, 2024 https://proteanmag.com/2024/01/27/palestines-martyrdom-upends-the-world-of-law/

Saba, Dylan and Romm, Jake. “Acts Harmful to the Enemy,” N+1 (blog), January 12, 2024, https://www.nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/acts-harmful-to-the-enemy/.

Segal, Raz. “A Textbook Case of Genocide”, Jewish Currents, October 13, 2024, https://jewishcurrents.org/a-textbook-case-of-genocide

Segal, Raz, and Luigi Daniele. “Gaza as Twilight of Israel Exceptionalism: Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Unprecedented Crisis to Unprecedented Change.” Journal of Genocide Research 0, no. 0 (2024): 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2024.2325804

Serisier, Heidi Matthews-Tanya. “Bombing Gaza Isn’t Fighting Sexual Violence.” CounterPunch.org, January 16, 2024. https://www.counterpunch.org/2024/01/16/bombing-gaza-isnt-fighting-sexual-violence/

Shalbak, Ihab. “An Unreliable Witness: The International Court of Justice Has Exposed the Inadequacy of International Law for Palestinians.” ABC Religion & Ethics, February 19, 2024. https://www.abc.net.au/religion/ihab-shalbak-icj-ruling-gaza-genocide-limits-international-law/103485820

Tatour, Lana. “How Human Rights Organizations Are Aiding the Israeli Assault on Gaza.” Mondoweiss, December 12, 2023. https://mondoweiss.net/2023/12/how-human-rights-organizations-are-aiding-the-israeli-assault-on-gaza/

Velickovic, Marina. “International Law and Failure in the Context of Gaza.” Critical Legal Thinking (blog), April 2, 2024. https://criticallegalthinking.com/2024/04/02/international-law-and-failure-in-the-context-of-gaza/

Weizman, Eyal. “Exchange Rate”. London Review of Books, 2 November 2023 https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v45/n21/eyal-weizman/exchange-rate

​​Whyte, Jessica. “A ‘Tragic Humanitarian Crisis’: Israel’s Weaponization of Starvation and the Question of Intent.” Journal of Genocide Research 0, no. 0 (2024): 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2024.2339637

Winant, Gabriel. “On Mourning and Statehood: A Response to Joshua Leifer.” Dissent Magazine (blog). Accessed April 8, 2024. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/a-response-to-joshua-leifer/

Want to read more? Start here!

Allen, Lori. A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2021.

Erakat, Noura. 2019. Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

“Writings on Palestine, 2019-2023: A TWAILR Ebook.” TWAILR, November 29, 2023. https://twailr.com/writings-on-palestine-2019-2023-a-twailr-ebook/

Further Resources:

Law for Palestine: https://law4palestine.org/

International Law and the War on Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nykrwUreqbY

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  1. Thank you for this. Much needed.

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