Justice is a concept involving the fair, moral, and impartial treatment of all persons. In its most general sense, it means according individuals what they actually deserve or merit, or are in some sense entitled to. Justice is a particularly foundational concept within most systems of "law". From the perspective of pragmatism, it is the name for a fair result.
Rachel Corrie's family loses appeal to Israel's Supreme Court
Family of U.S. peace activist wanted Israel to pay civil damages for her 2003 death after being run over by military bulldozer in Gaza.
By Hussein Abu Hussein | Sep. 2, 2012 | 10:13 AM | 16
Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision on civil damages in the case of U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003 by a military bulldozer.
The high court on Thursday upheld a ruling by the Haifa District Court exempting Israel from paying civil damages for wrongful death to Corrie’s family since the incident occurred in a war zone.
Corrie, 23, a pro-Palestinian activist from Olympia, Wash., was wearing an orange vest and attempting to stop a bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home in Rafah in the Gaza Strip when she was killed. The army said that the area where the incident occurred was named a closed military zone; the claim has been disputed.
An Israeli army investigation following Corrie’s death found that the driver of the bulldozer could not see Corrie and did not intentionally run over her. The report accused Corrie and the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement of “illegal, irresponsible and dangerous” behavior.
Witnesses say that Corrie was clearly visible and that activists shouted for the bulldozer to stop before it hit the college student.
The Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a separate lower court decision, however, on the possible mishandling of the autopsy on Corrie’s body, which will require further investigation by the court into the autopsy and the possible misplacement of some of Corrie’s remains.
The Corries lost a lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc., the U.S. company that manufactured the bulldozer that killed their daughter.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported Wednesday that the one-woman play “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” based on the activist’s journal writings, will be staged Off-Broadway in April at the Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village. The play was last performed in New York a decade ago amid great controversy in the theater and Jewish communities.
U.S. Federal Jury Finds PA And PLO Liable For Israel Attacks
A federal jury has found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable for attacks that occurred in Israel more than a decade ago. The plaintiffs, who are U.S. citizens, were awarded more than $218 million. The amount could be tripled under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act.
What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He writes in the February 2015 Atlantic Magazine that “We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. First, we tend to see jihadism as monolithic, and to apply the logic of al‑Qaeda to an organization that has decisively eclipsed it. The Islamic State supporters I spoke with still refer to Osama bin Laden as “Sheikh Osama,” a title of honor. But jihadism has evolved since al-Qaeda’s heyday, from about 1998 to 2003, and many jihadists disdain the group’s priorities and current leadership.” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-reall...
It seems to me as well as to Wood that the West/United States in its careless disrespect for ISIS because it is composed mostly of the former colonized peoples of color, that we have underestimated them in power and effect. We therefore allow our chief Ally in the Middle East, Israel, to place a dangerous propaganda game.
The United States allows Israel carte blanche to irresponsibly murder Americans, Rachel Corrie is only one case. Following the Corrie decision in Israel, an American court in New York City holds the Palestinian Authority libel in the injury of American Jews in the West Bank. ISIS I am sure benefits from both decisions in it recruiting of Western Jihadis.
THE HOLOCAUST IS OVER AND JUSTICE MUST REIGN
Avraham Burg in The Holocaust Is Over, We must Rise From its Ashes (2008) tries to convince American Jews that Hitler is dead. Burg writes that it seems that more than six decades after his death, Hitler retains his influence over American Jews. Vulnerability can be felt in the most impressive community the Jews have ever built, a Jewry more glorious than those of Babel and Spain, even more so that German Jewry that existed between the time of Mendelssohn and the Shoah. The potential is there for Jews to change the world for the better, if they only free themselves from the Nazi shackles.
Fear—Hubris and Political Power
Burg posits that he does not know the details of the Jewish American experience, but He knows the leadership pretty well. The Jewish masses are diverse and have a much more sophisticated agenda than presented and expressed by their leadership. The destruction of the Shoah seems to have been burned into the leaders’ minds. One result is that Jewish American leaders tend to justify their government’s wars and support the most right-wing foreign policies, especially vis-à-vis Israel and the Middle East. They are against everybody, including Germany, Russia, and the Arab countries. Furthermore, the official, organized Jewish voice is a power to reckon with in every election campaign. It is very difficult to be elected to high office in America against the wishes of the Jewish lobby.
Financial and organizational resources, public support, legitimacy—and not least, the damage the Jewish lobby can cause to unwanted candidates [and laws]—turn Jewish involvement in American politics into a factor with strategic international consequences.
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Prospects For An Agreement To Limit Iran’s Nuclear Program
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes handswith U.S. State Secretary John Kerry on Jan. 14 in Geneva. Kerry was preparing Feb. 22 to sit down for two days of talks with Zarif, whose country denies its nuclear program has military objectives. RICK WILKING/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Some progress was made, but there’s “still a long way to go.” That’s how one U.S. negotiator summed up the latest round of talks with Iran. The U.S. and its partners — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — are seeking proscribed limits on a possible nuclear weapons development program. In exchange, Iran is bargaining for relief from economic sanctions currently crippling its economy. Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu remains an outspoken critic of the talks. He’ll likely detail these concerns in an address to Congress next week, a visit the White House does not endorse. Please join us for an update on talks with Iran.
Aaron David Miller vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and former U.S. Middle East adviser in Republican and Democratic administrations.
Trita Parsi president of National Iranian American Council and author of "A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran."