Leftist Pressure Against Ariel Conference
Radical 'Gush Shalom' says participation in criminology conference violates international law.
By INN Staff
First Publish: 5/9/2011, 7:35 PM / Last Update: 5/9/2011, 7:29 PM
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Radical leftist group Gush Shalom is trying to sabotage a conference of criminologists that will take place on May 30 and 31. The first day of the conference will be held at Ariel University Center in Samaria, a location in which ultra-leftists believe Jews should not live or study freely.
Gush Shalom's spokesperson, Adam Keller, sent identical letters to the academicians who are slated to participate in the conference on May 30, in which he stated that Ariel was built on "occupied territory" and repeats the ultra-leftist contention that Israel's communities in Judea and Samaria were built in contravention of international law.
The conference, which will deal with female criminals and the way they are treated by the law enforcement system, is called "Pink Crime: Women, Crime & Punishment." It is a collaborative effort by the Ariel University Center of Samaria's Department of Criminology and Netanya Academic College School of Law.
Prominent Israeli jurists including Nitzana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat HaDin and Prof. Talia Einhorn have explained that Israel is completely within its legal rights when it settles Judea and Samaria with Jews.
"According to international law," Einhorn has said, "Israel has full right to try to populate the entire Land of Israel with dense Jewish settlement, and thus actualize the principles set by the League of Nations in the original Mandate Charter of San Remo in 1920. At that time, the mandate for the Land of Israel was granted to the British, and the introduction to the mandate charter states clearly that it is based on the international recognition of the historic ties between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel."
"Up until 1948," Einhorn explained, "Judea, Samaria and Gaza were a part of the British Mandate. In the 1948 War of Independence, Egypt illegally grabbed the Gaza Strip, and Jordan took Judea and Samaria, the 'West Bank.' Egypt did not claim sovereignty in Gaza, but Jordan deigned, in 1950, to annex Judea and Samaria. This annexation was not recognized by international law. The Arab nations objected to it, and only Britain and Pakistan recognized it - and Britain did not recognize the annexation of eastern Jerusalem. In 1967, after the Six Day War, these territories - which were originally meant for the Jewish Nation's National Home according to the Mandate Charter - returned to Israeli control."
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