“When people start branding anything they object to as “illegal,” they turn the law into just another player on the political battlefield”

JNS
Legalizing politics and politicizing the law
by Evelyn Gordon
November 27, 2019

One of the modern era’s most dangerous problems is the conflation of politics with law. Political questions are increasingly treated as legal ones, which inevitably results in the law becoming politicized. Last week provided two salient examples. One was the response to the U.S. State Department’s announcement that Israeli settlements don’t violate international law. What was striking was that many opponents didn’t actually challenge the department’s (correct) legal conclusions. Instead, they objected on policy grounds…Essentially, all three [opponents] want the settlements declared illegal simply because they think settlements are bad policy, regardless of what international law actually says. READ MORE

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