Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine by Noura Erakat

Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine by Noura Erakat approaches the Palestinian struggle for freedom by delving into how legal maneuvers are used to manipulate politics and political maneuvers are used to manipulate the law to justify the oppression of the Palestinian people. Erakat's explanations had me repeatedly wondering how people can be so cruel and why they choose to be. Erakat demonstrates and examines how the wording in multiple documents including the Oslo accords left loopholes and contributed to the subjugation of the Palestinian people while leaving room to make vague claims of a mirage of progress that falls apart with the smallest amount of investigation. An undercurrent throughout Justice for Some is that oppressors make laws the oppressed are expected to live by keeping the oppressors in power and the oppressed under control. Justice for Some explains much of the law that often gets cited in media and other analysis used to justify the dehumanization of Palestinians. While still being realistic about the struggle ahead, Erakat exhibits more hope than I can muster that the law can also be used to exact justice, liberate the oppressed, and reach a state of equality.

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The January 6th Report

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The Gift of Fire by Stephanie Stamm

Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza by Mosab Abu Toha

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