When we last met several weeks ago (lots of holidays in between), we had planned to discuss Trump’s legal issues and their impact on his candidacy.
Another regular member of the group has suggested that we discuss the genocide allegations against Israel in connection with its activities in Gaza. Here’s his suggestion:
The scope and intensity of Israel military retaliation against Hamas in Gaza has led to Israel being accused of genocide by South Africa in the Hague. I’ve attached links to a N.Y. Times opinion piece by Bret Stephens, a consistent apologist for Israel, who disputes the genocide charge, calling it totally political, but he avoids the question of Israeli war crimes. The Economist piece [not included, behind a pay wall] agrees that the genocide charge is without basis and politically motivated, but does raise the possibility that war crimes have and are being committed by Israel. The last three links are to the proceedings in the Hague. The ICJ records are quite long – – filled with court room formalities and French language portions. The South African accusation runs to 85 pages, and I confess, I’ve read only a portion of it.
NYT/Stephens: The Genocide Charge…
ICJ Case Files 1
ICJ Case Files 2
ICJ Case Files 3
With Ron DeSantis dropping out of the Republican primary race, my guess is that we’ll have plenty to discuss.
There’s an opinion piece in today’s (18 December) New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/18/opinion/trump-election-2024.html?mwgrp=a-mbar&smid=em-share) that I think is related to the topic Steve Kramer suggested for our next meeting on 8 January. It tries to make the case that Trump is a political moderate and pragmatist. Whether it does so successfully might be part of the conversation next time.
Tomorrow, we’ll continue the discussion of free speech (and its limits) in the university environment, focusing in particular on students’ speech.
And on universities’ “codes of conduct” for students and the repercussions for violating them.
There has already been the beginnings of a discussion via email amongst last week’s participants; we’ll continue in person (and via Zoom) tomorrow.