[ANALYSIS] The Palestinian Cause: Between the Ideal of Liberation and the Stigma of Terror

“What about Hamas though? Isn’t Israel state violence a lesser evil when compared to the unpredictable warfare of a fundamentalist non-state group seeking power in a war-torn land? These are some of the long-standing objections which, during the last escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, came back to haunt one of the most controversial debates in international relations.
As if supporting Palestine would necessarily mean supporting Hamas, the main organization that is currently fighting on its behalf. Well, this narrative seeking to discredit the cause of Palestine is misleading because it overlooks the fact that supporting the rights of the Palestinian people means acting according to international law, as if such norms had lost adherence to reality and became de facto obsolete. But truth is, in such a complex world shouting “that is not fair” is not enough. Civil society needs to know exactly how to formulate its demands. After all, both Nelson Mandela and Gandhi used to be lawyers, didn’t they?