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Nov 25, 2023, 4:51 PM
Want Peace? Time to Try Something Different
Even as the current Israel/Hamas war continues, discussion is ongoing about how Gaza will be governed at its conclusion, once Hamas has been removed from Gaza. In a sense, though, it will not matter what governance structure replaces Hamas...
Nov 21, 2023, 1:12 AM
Hamas Supporters Have Blood On Their Hands
Does anyone remember former NFL football player Michael Vick? A gifted athlete, his career came to a screaming halt when he was convicted, and sentenced to 23 months in a federal prison, arising out of participation in dog-fighting. Yet...
Oct 24, 2023, 7:33 PM
‘Yes, But’ and the Law of Armed Conflict: Sieges
It didn’t take long – less than a week in most cases – for the finger-waggers and tsk-tskers to change from condemnation of Hamas’s atrocities and statements agreeing Israel has the right to defend itself to lecturing Israel, from...
Oct 9, 2023, 9:33 PM
Hamas’s War: It’s Not About Rights – It’s About Hate
Nine hundred people killed by Hamas terrorists. Not by "freedom fighters" because their goal isn’t freedom, and never has been – the Hamas Charter makes that unmistakably clear. Of that 900, over 260 unarmed civilians deliberately targeted and murdered...
Feb 12, 2023, 11:34 PM
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech: Finding the Right Test Case
The question of whether hate speech can or ought to be restricted is hotly debated in both academic and non-academic circles. I believe and will explain that while protected, the protection afforded is and ought to be limited in...
Jan 16, 2023, 9:48 PM
A Thin Majority Does Not a Mandate Make
Similar scenarios are occurring in both the United States and Israel. The electorates are divided nearly evenly and polarization reigns. Thin majorities are beholden to fringe elements in order to hold those majorities, giving excessive power to those fringe...
Aug 16, 2022, 6:14 AM
Good guy with a gun? Prevention or defense?
'Hardening' venues is not a solution: Even where partially effective, armed response is not a strategy for preventing loss of life and significant injury
Jul 6, 2022, 6:46 AM
July 2022 – The U. S. Supreme Court Still Permits Substantial Gun Regulation
Four years ago, I published this article explaining that, despite talking points from partisans on both sides of the question, the Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller explicitly granted both federal and state legislatures a...
Jun 1, 2021, 6:57 AM
Enough With Misuse of “Disproportionate” – Understanding Laws of Armed Conflict
Every time Israel is attacked and defends itself – and the recent eleven day battle between Hamas and Israel is the latest example of it – politicians, pundits, and anti-Zionists assert that Israel (and somehow only Israel despite the...
Apr 10, 2021, 11:06 PM
Dueling Definitions of Antisemitism: IHRA’s Critics and Rebuttable Presumptions
IHRA? The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA), published March 25, 2021? The Nexus Document, also published in March 2021? Which, if any, is best used to define antisemitism. Are criticisms of the first and most widely used definition –...
David H. Levitt practices intellectual property and commercial litigation law in Chicago, and is a pro-Israel activist.