Israel and Palestine: The Two-State Non Solution

By Rachel Sazanowicz

I had the privilege of traveling throughout the Israeli-Occupied Territory of the West Bank in the summer of 2011.  My visit preceded Fatah’s Palestinian bid for statehood presented to the United Nations on September 23, 2011, and it was a major topic of discussion in the community.[i]  Conversations […]

CUNY Vagina Monologues, 2012

In Spring 2012, CUNY Domestic Violence Coalition (DVC) hosted its annual benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues. Proceeds funded the DVC Ending Gendered Violence Fellowship. For the 2012 edition, DVC encouraged students to submit original monologues. Below are two original submissions from students. The writers themselves read the monologue at the show.

September 28th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

ILSA Quarterly’s Issue 3

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That Unwelcome Encounter With a Veil in the Supermarket

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By Kathryn Heffron

It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit—for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We can’t disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretense of liberalism.[1] –      President Obama

French President Nicholas Sarkozy had made it clear that the veil[2] is not welcome in France.[3] In January 2010, a French parliamentary committee proposed a partial ban on the veil in public spaces such as schools, public hospitals, and on public transport.[4] The debate is continuing in France. In March 2010, the French Council of State suggested that a full public ban on the veil violates the French Constitution and possibly the European Convention on Human Rights. However, it added that there could be justification for limitations on the veil in public spaces.[5] The policy to ban the veil is meant to defend France from extremists and comes just five years after France banned headscarves and other “conspicuous religious items” from schools.[6] Concerned with disruption to state secularism, the European Court of Human Rights has thus far upheld State measures to ban religious clothing in school.[7] Given the rising, prevalent discrimination against Muslims in Western nations[8], one can’t help but wonder whether it is the veil or the Muslim women who wear it, that is unwelcome in France. Continue reading That Unwelcome Encounter With a Veil in the Supermarket

From the Archives: the 2005 edition of the ILS Digest

Thanks to the CUNY Law librarians, we unearthed this precursor to the current ILS Digest. Click here to read The International Law and Foreign Affairs Digest (Spring 2005).