CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham spoke to a group of over 40 students at Kent Law School as part of a panel last Wednesday. At the event, titled “Human Rights in Gaza: What is Happening Now, and What Can Change for Tomorrow,” Abraham discussed Israel’s actions in Gaza within the context of international law.
Abraham argued that Israel’s decision to use force in Gaza was illegal. Under international law, the issue of whether a state may justifiably use force at all is separate from how a state may treat populations when using force. Additionally, she maintained that Israel’s targeting of civilians, UN sites, ambulances and schools were violations of the laws of war.
The other panelists at the event were Lynn Pollack and Vivian R. Khalaf. Pollack is an active member of both the Jewish Voice for Peace and the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Khalaf is a partner at the Law Offices of Khalaf, Abuzir & Mitchell, PC, and a member of the American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Muslim Bar Association, and the Arab American Bar Association.
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