Deterrence or revenge? The return of punitive house demolitions in response to recent events in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

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The first event in the Stanford Human Rights Center’s Speaker Series, Perspectives on the Current Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Punitive house demolitions were routinely practiced by Israel in the Occupied Territories until 2005. In 2014, Israel renewed these demolitions, based on their purported deterrent effect. But has Israel enjoyed greater security in the past two years? The lecture will present legal strategies on house demolitions and assess their deterrent effect.

Smadar Ben Natan answering audience questions, moderated by Diala Shamas, Supervising Attorney, International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, Stanford Law School.

Smadar Ben-Natan specializes in human rights law in the Occupied Territories. She has worked on the high profile cases of Tali Fahima, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, and the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners. Twice-named one of Israel’s 50 most influential women, Ben-Natan researches Israeli military courts in the Occupied Territories and criminal prosecutions of enemy nationals.

Co-sponsored by the: John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, WSD Handa Center For Human Rights and International Justice, Peace and Justice Studies Initiative (PJSI), National Lawyers Guild (NLG), International Law Society (ILS), Stanford International Human Rights Law Association (SIHRLA), and the Stanford Critical Law Society (SCritLS)


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