Arutz Sheva spoke with Legal Grounds (Basis Huki) Co-Chair Jeff Daube about the organization’s new program offering free legal courses to young lawyers.
Legal Grounds is an organization dedicated to countering the propaganda claiming that Israel has no legal right to Judea and Samaria, as well as the fact that most lawyers are not well-versed enough in international law to know the truth.
“International law is really on our side. And by our side, I mean on our Zionist side,” Daube said. “Because if you take a look at it from our perspective, our interpretation of international law is that we have a right, Israel has a right, to live and to build in Judea and Samaria. Plain and simple. Full stop.”
To solve the issue of left-leaning legal bias, Legal Grounds offers an innovative solution: Free courses for lawyers and students of international affairs, covering the legal basis for Israel’s claim to Judea and Samaria.
“We saw that there was a problem, that many of the law students, many of the attorneys, were not getting access to the material that shows that the Zionist approach to our presence in Judea and Samaria is perfectly justified,” he explained. “So what we did was we opened up a law course with the help of Regavim and Ha’adam Veha’adama to provide these law students, from Hebrew University, from Tel Aviv University, from the University of Haifa, and other colleges, to acquire that knowledge. Because really, knowledge is power.”
“What we noticed was that there were organizations from the left side of the political spectrum, like Yesh Din, like the Geneva Initiative, that were offering these workshops, that were offering these courses with their perspective…meaning that they considered our presence in Judea and Samaria as…an occupation.
“We found, especially after the Levy Report was issued in July of 2012, that this was not the case, that our being in Judea and Samaria was not legally an occupation, and that we had to teach our young people about our interpretation of international law.”
The Levy Report proved the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is legal according to international law. The report was written by the Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria, a legal panel headed by late Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy.
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