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Mais Qandeel: Violence and State Attribution
October 22 2023

Mais Qandeel contextualizes her article, 'Violence and State Attribution: The Case of Occupied Palestine,' from the Journal of Palestine Studies to the genocide being committed by Israel in Gaza.

Her article examines Israeli settler violence from the lens of this obligation and of the law of state responsibility. In doing so, it first provides examples of settler attacks against Palestinians, with particular emphasis on acts of violence that are backed up or facilitated by state security forces. Second, in an analysis of these acts of settler violence, it argues that these belong to the category of state-backed crimes. Third, it outlines what constitutes state responsibility for wrongful acts, as codified in international law, and demonstrates that acts of settler violence are crimes that are attributable to the state, which triggers state responsibility. Settler violence against Palestinians, which is often lethal and always injurious, is not and has never been a matter of domestic law enforcement.

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