Neve Gordon: "Securitizing Human Rights: Lawfare and the Assault on Rights Work in Israel/Palestine"
Neve Gordon, Professor of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University, and author of "Israel's Occupation" will give a lecture entitled "Securitizing Human Rights: Lawfare and the Assault on Rights Work in Israel/Palestine."A major campaign against universal human rights has been underway for the past decade. This campaign is intricately tied to the global war on terrorism and is part of a backlash against the mounting success of human rights organizations and cause lawyers in subjecting conflict and warfare to legal analysis and oversight. In this talk, Neve Gordon uses Israel as a case study to show how the term lawfare (a combination of law and warfare) is being mobilized by neoconservatives to securitize "rights work" so as to reconstitute the human rights field as a national security threat; the objective, he claims, is to restrict the utilization of universal jurisdiction worldwide.Neve Gordon's visit is part of the "Rethinking Israel" series, which is generously sponsored by the Sara and E.J. Evans Fund.