Justus Reid Weiner

Justus Reid Weiner is a human rights lawyer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is the author of numerous professional publications. Weiner also lectures widely in various countries, and was a visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the New York and Israel Bar. Previously, he practiced law as an associate in the litigation department of the international law firm White & Case in New York City. Weiner also served as a senior attorney at the Israel Ministry of Justice, specializing in human rights and other facets of public international law.

Publications by Justus Reid Weiner

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Sanctions were only put in place after nothing else stopped attacks from Gaza. Read More »

Middle Eastern Christians: Battered, Violated, and Abused, Do They Have Any Chance of Survival?

Throughout the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, Christians are facing pervasive and systematic persecution that is steadily increasing in its intensity and scope. Read More »

The Threat to Freedom of Speech about Israel: Campus Shout-Downs and the Spirit of the First Amendment

On February 8, 2010 Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, began speaking to a packed hall at UC Irvine. Read More »

Targeted Killings and Double Standards

According to Human Rights Watch’s test of legality of targeted killings, there are significant differences between Israel’s policy and the policies of Western armies, which have resulted in far more civilian fatalities. Read More »

Justus Reid Weiner on A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism by Daniel Byman

From Gaza to Pakistan: Targeted Killing and International Law by Justus Reid Weiner

Reasons for Christian Emigration from the Palestinian Areas: Exposing the Anti-Israeli Slant

Amnesia International: Forgetting the Real Culprits in Gaza

Amnesty International (AI) in its briefing paper titled “Suffocating: The Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade”1 asserts that Gazans are suffering enormously under the so-called blockade. These assertions obscure the true nature of the relationship between Israel and Gaza. First and foremost, thousands of Hamas rocket, missile and mortar attacks predated and prompted any economic sanctions put into effect by Israel.2 Despite this fact, as a recent Ministry of Defense report indicates, the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza increased by almost 900 percent in 2009 as compared to 2008.3 Despite that, Israel’s perennial critics, such as AI, have become increasingly vocal. As will be demonstrated below, flogging the purportedly dire humanitarian situation distorts the overall picture of Gaza and forgets the actual cause for the clearly less-than-optimal circumstances in which Gazans live. Read More »

Free Lunch for Hamas

As far back as 1996, the NGO Human Rights Watch has been predicting an “imminent humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. Indeed, various NGOs have lodged annual claims that the Jewish state is responsible for the “imminent humanitarian crisis” in the Gaza Strip. Might they have stopped to ask: How has the Gaza Strip been “on the verge” of a humanitarian crisis in excess of 10 years? Read More »

Children on the Frontlines:
Palestinian and Pakistani Child Abuse

This disturbing practice of deadly child abuse is on the rise in these two Muslim societies. Recent events in both the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent have made the magnitude of the problem that much more acute. Read More »

Curbing the Manipulation of Universal Jurisdiction

Palestinian Crimes against Christian Arabs and Their Manipulation against Israel

Under the Palestinian regime Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims. Palestinian Authority officials are directly responsible for many of the human rights violations. Yet for political and economic reasons many Palestinian Christian leaders blame Israel for these crimes rather than the actual perpetrators. Read More »

International Law and the Fighting in Gaza

Attacks deliberately aimed at civilians are war crimes. The launching of rockets at civilian targets in Israel by Palestinians in Gaza violates international law. Both the terror squads carrying out the attacks, as well as their commanders, bear criminal responsibility. Under the rules of command responsibility, senior Hamas leaders such as Khaled Mashal, who ordered a continuation of the rocket attacks, are among the parties guilty of war crimes.
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Hizbullah’s Triumph: The Long-Term Implications of Prisoner Exchanges

By exchanging prisoners with the proxy organizations as if they were law-abiding states, Israel can be seen as upgrading the status of the organizations’ unlawful combatants from terrorists and war criminals. Such exchanges afford them the same rights as lawful soldiers, without demanding from their leaders the reciprocal obligations. At the same time, Israel downgrades the rights of its own captured soldiers by overlooking the organizations’ systematic depravation of POW rights. Read More »

Linking the Gaza Strip with the West Bank: Implications of a Palestinian Corridor Across Israel

On March 27, 2007, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice reiterated her call for a “viable” Palestinian
state. The idea of a territorial link between
the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, commonly called
the issue of “safe passage,” is often overlooked. Read More »

Christians Flee Growing Islamic Fundamentalism in the Holy Land

The growing strength of Islamic fundamentalism within the Palestinian national movement poses problems for Christians, who fear they will be deemed opponents of Islam and thereby risk becoming targets for Muslim extremists. This is exacerbated by the fact that Hamas holds substantial power and seeks to impose its radical Islamist identity on the entire population within the PA-controlled territories. Read More »

Ahmadinejad’s Incitement to Genocide

Written by Justus Reid Weiner, Esq., with Amb. Meir Rosenne, Prof. Elie Wiesel, Amb. Dore Gold, Irit Kohn, Adv., Amb. Eytan Bentsur, and MK Dan Naveh Read More »

Will the Next Generation of Palestinians Make Peace with Israel?

A peace agreement can only successfully end a conflict if it enjoys underlying, wide-ranging support from its respective populations. In particular, past efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace have failed to deal with, or even acknowledge, the deep-seated psychological mechanisms of partisanship that are endemic in Palestinian culture. Read More »

“Palestinian Christians: A Minority’s Plea for Rights Silenced by the Politics of Peace,” 4(3) The Journal of Human Rights 363

Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society

Living amidst a xenophobic Muslim population plagued by endemic violence bordering on anarchy, the Christians have shrunk to less than 1.7 percent of the population in the Palestinian areas. Persecution of Christians in the PA threatens the very existence of this 2000-year-old community. Read More »

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem:
Claims that Jerusalem is Being ‘Judaized’

This is the first irst systematic study of illegal construction in Jerusalem. Based on scores of interviews from across the political spectrum – from Mayor Olmert to Sari Nusseibeh, original documents, and on-site inspections, this book discredits the conventional wisdom about the causes and effects of illegal building, and documents a pattern of politically-motivated behavior and criminal profiteering that characterizes much of the construction in the Arab sector of the Holy City. Read More »

Die Menschenrechtslage von Christen in der palästinensischen Gesellschaft

  Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs     Während die Augen der Welt auf den Nahen Osten gerichtet sind, wird zunehmend offenbar, dass Menschenrechtsfragen nicht soviel Aufmerksamkeit zuteil wird, solange der Friedensprozess und die daraus resultierenden Sicherheitsfragen ungeklärt bleiben. Die […] Read More »

The NGOs, Demolition of Illegal Building in Jerusalem, and International Law

Various nongovernmental organizations accuse Israel of abusing the Arab population of East Jerusalem by demolishing their illegally built (unlicensed) homes. These NGOs claim to be acting as the world’s conscience and proclaim the objectivity and accuracy of their reports. Using the idiom of international law, these NGOs have inflicted lasting damage on Israel’s reputation. Read More »

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: Conclusions

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem:
The Global Epidemic of Illegal Building and Demolitions

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: Planning and its Discontents

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem : Impediments to Providing Quality Public Services in the Arab Neighborhoods of Jerusalem

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: Relevant Jerusalem History

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: Executive Summary

Illegal Construction in Jerusalem

Municipalities and governments in all parts of the world have struggled with illegal building. However, compared with the incessant denunciation of rather infrequent demolitions by the Jerusalem Municipality, there has been nearly a complete lack of publicity when other governments demolish illegal structures. Read More »

The Global Epidemic of Illegal Building and Demolitions: Implications for Jerusalem

In recent decades, municipalities and governments in all parts of the world have struggled with illegal building. However, compared with the incessant denunciation of rather infrequent demolitions by the Jerusalem Municipality, there has been nearly a complete lack of publicity when other governments demolish illegal structures. Read More »

The Palestinian Boycott of Jerusalem’s Municipal Political Process: Consequences for the Level of Public Services and Infrastructure

The lower standard of municipal services in the Arab neighborhoods is a consequence of, not the cause for, the boycott of the municipal political process dictated by the Palestinian leadership. Arab politicians could have made their mark in municipal politics just as ultra-Orthodox Jews have in Jerusalem, and as disadvantaged minority groups have done in democracies elsewhere. Read More »

Is Jerusalem Being “Judaized”?

The Palestinian leadership, various non-governmental organizations and even foreign governments frequently confront the municipality of Jerusalem (as well as Israel’s national government) over its purported policy of "Judaizing" Jerusalem. The allegation leveled is that an unacknowledged policy is in place to change the holy city’s demographic balance to the detriment of the Arabs. There is, however, no clear historical evidence to support these claims. Moreover, although the Jewish Read More »

The Recruitment of Children in Current Palestinian Strategy

From the outset of the current Palestinian intifada two years ago, children and teenagers have assumed an integral role. Regrettably, this role is not adequately addressed in the recent Amnesty International report entitled “Killing the Future Children in the Line of Fire.” Read More »

The Use of Palestinian Children in the Al-Aqsa Intifada

Watching the television coverage of the daily Palestinian riots, known as the Al-Aqsa intifada, one is immediately struck by the near total absence of adults. Indeed, most of those hurling Molotov cocktails and stones are teenagers; many are even younger. Read More »

The False Prophet of Palestine: In the Wake of the Edward Said Revelations

Professor Edward Said of Columbia University is the Western world’s foremost spokesman for the Palestinian cause. Said, a world-class writer, elevated his personal parable of a paradise destroyed and dispossessed to his trump card in articles, books, lectures, interviews, and television documentaries. Read More »

Israel-Arab Peace Negotiations: A Long and Winding Road

A discussion of advances and stalemates between the end of the British Mandate and today. Read More »

The Hebron Agreements Note for the Record: A Pandora’s Box of Legal and Political Obstacles

Israel’s Struggle Against Islamic Terrorism: Lessons from the Expulsion of Hamas Militants to Southern Lebanon