Defending the Fence: Legal and Operational Challenges in Hamas-Israel Clashes, 2018-19March 15, 2019
On March 18, the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will hold a hearing and issue a report likely accusing Israel of violating international law through its use of force in response to the March of Return demonstrations on the Gaza border last year. An advance report by a special U.N. Commission of Inquiry (COI) claims these events have been “civilian in nature” and that Israel intentionally shot unarmed civilians, “despite seeing that they were clearly marked as such.” Its criticisms of Hamas’ actions are conspicuously far less prominent. As retired U.S. generals and admirals and military legal experts with decades of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia as well as intimate knowledge of international law, our own operational a...
Task Force Members
LtGen John "Jocko" Toolan, Jr., USMC (ret.)
Former Commander, Marine Forces Pacific
LTG Thomas W. Spoehr, USA (ret.)
Former Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces – Iraq
LTG Michael S. Tucker, USA (ret.)
Former Commanding General of the First United States Army from 2013 until 2016.
COL Ian G. Corey, USA (ret.)
Former General Counsel for U.S. Army Cyber Command
COL Marc Warren, USA (ret.)
Former senior legal officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp for Multi-National Forces Iraq
LTC Geoffrey S. Corn, USA (ret.)
Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy; Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston
Gen Michael Hostage, USAF (ret.)
Former Commander, Air Combat Command
LtGen Richard Natonski, USMC (ret.)
Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command
LtGen Kenneth J. Glueck, USMC (ret.)
Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command
VADM John M. Bird, USN (ret.)
Former Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet
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Human Shields and Other Tactics of Israel’s Enemies
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