A presentation by three distinguished lawyers, historians, and scholars: Avi Bell, J.J. Surbeck and Rick Richman. April 28 at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Los Angeles.

Avi Bell participated in a debate on the Goldstone Report at Stanford Law School on March 28 with Justice Richard Goldstone and others, three days before Justice Goldstone published his now-famous recantation in the Washington Post. The Goldstone Recantation demonstrates that the truth about international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict, although slow to get its boots on, can be used as an effective defense by those who are knowledgeable in it.

International law is usually considered only when it can be played against Israel and is generally ignored when it is in fact in Israel’s favor or would condemn the Palestinians. We have been dealing with the progressive institutionalization of a double standard. J.J. Surbeck gave examples of the problem and where it is leading the world community if not addressed in time.

In advance of the coming September meeting of the UN General Assembly, where opponents of Israel plan to seek a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state with non-negotiated borders, Rick Richman analyzed the legality and the political implications of such an attempt.

Professor Avi Bell holds multiple degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago, clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel, and has taught courses on the laws of war and the legal aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a professor at Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law as well as the University of San Diego Law School.

J.J. Surbeck is a Swiss-educated attorney who worked for 16 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which many have called the “Guardian of the Geneva Conventions.” He has lectured and taught widely on the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, also called International Humanitarian Law. He is currently Executive Director of T.E.A.M. (Training and Education About the Middle East), a non-profit organization, and is based in San Diego.

Rick Richman is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School. His articles have appeared in American Thinker, Commentary, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Press, Pajamas Media, and the New York Sun. He blogs at Contentions and edits Jewish Current Issues.

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