George Bisharat

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George Bisharat (born 1954) is a Palestinian-American professor of law and frequent commentator on current events in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.

Life[edit]

Bisharat was born in Topeka, Kansas to Palestinian father Dr. Maurice Bisharat from Jerusalem and his American wife Mary Johnson (1947± Vassar graduate). He earned his B.A. in anthropology from UC-Berkeley in California and his M.A. in history from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, before going on to graduate cum laude from Harvard Law School. In 1987, he earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle East Studies from Harvard University.[1]

Bisharat served as deputy Public Defender for the city of San Francisco from 1987 to 1991, and in 1989, he published the book Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West Bank (University of Texas Press). In 1991, Bisharat assumed the position of Professor of Law at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California, a position he continues to hold. He has also worked with the Palestinian Legislative Council on efforts to reform and develop the Palestinian judiciary system, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Palestine Studies.[1]

Views[edit]

Bisharat has become a commentator on the Middle East and the legal and human rights aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and his written commentaries have been published in U.S. and international media. He was an outspoken critic of Israel's conduct during its 2006 war with Lebanon, and has been a defender of the right of return of Palestinian refugees who were expelled or fled from their homes in 1948 during the creation of the State of Israel.

Bisharat has also become one of a number of analysts and academics who have voiced support for the possibility a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is working on a book addressing the legal aspects of the one-state solution. He has also come out in support of a boycott of Israel, arguing in a 2007 editorial published by the San Francisco Chronicle that a boycott was "both necessary and justified" by Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian Territories.

Bisharat has argued in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that Israel's actions in the 2008-2009 Israel-Palestine conflict over Gaza constitute war crimes.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b George Bisharat: Professor and commentator The Institute for Middle East Understanding
  2. ^ George Bisharat, Israel Is Committing War Crimes, Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2009
  3. ^ George Bisharat, [Israel on Trial], New York Times, April 4, 2009.

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