Krauss on International Law Violations

Professor Michael Krauss, currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, disputes Saudi Arabia's claim that Israel is held to a different standard with respect to violations of international law.

Writing in American Thinker, Krauss cites criticisms contained in a January 2 statement by Saudi Prime Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and takes exception to the Prime Minister's allegation that Israel is not subject to accountability or punishment for perceived infractions of international law.

In fact, says Krauss, his experience in Israel bears witness to the country's many freedoms. He further cites illustrations of Saudi government actions that he believes are clear violations of international law on that nation's part.

Saudi Arabia: Spoilt Child of the Middle East, American Thinker, January 5, 2010. By Michael I. Krauss.


"Orwellian Newspeak can take hold only if the population stops protesting when the language is misused. The Saudi minister's declaration easily qualifies as Newspeak, and I'm calling him on it. 

"I am currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Haifa. Every day, I bear witness to the extraordinary free speech in Israel. My students are Jewish, Druze, and Muslim. Political protest of all stripes is allowed. The Israeli courts are open to all; just this week, the Israeli Supreme Court overturned as discriminatory and contrary to Israeli human rights an army rule prohibiting Arab residents of Judea and Samaria from using an Israeli highway on which dozens of Jews had been shot dead by passing Arab motorists. Meanwhile, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended new construction of Jewish residences in Judea and Samaria, pending resolution of the legal status of those territories. As Peter Pham and I have shown elsewhere, Israel has easily the strongest legal claim to these areas -- though, of course, it may choose to renounce the majority of its claim if ever it finds a peaceful negotiating partner. In Israel's intensely overcrowded capital, Jerusalem, the government has just approved new housing for seven hundred Jews and five hundred Arabs -- but the Saudis cannot stand that Jews be allowed to live in the capital city. As for the 'war crimes' accusation, it doubtless refers to the infamous U.N. Human Rights Council's 'Goldstone Report' on the Gaza campaign, which Harvard's Alan Dershowitz has decisively shown to be an anti-Israel (and possibly anti-Semitic) screed.

"Israel is condemned just for existing, not to mention for defending itself as an outpost of freedom in the Middle East. On the other hand, if there is a spoilt child in the international community, Saudi Arabia (followed closely by the Palestinian authority) easily qualifies for the epithet."

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