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In this episode of The Source, we speak with journalist and international law and human rights lawyer Dimitri Lascaris about recent developments in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. We begin with an assessment of Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, and evaluate Israel’s response so far. We then assess the humanitarian situation in the southern Gaza Strip, where 1.1 million Palestinians have been forced to flee by Israel. We also examine the reasons why Israeli intelligence was unable to detect the attack by Hamas, despite being warned by Egyptian intelligence days in advance. We inquire whether Israel’s policies, which Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International call apartheid and occupation, are responsible for the recurring violence in the region. Finally, we ask why the West invokes international law and sanctions when Russia annexes Ukrainian territory, but does not apply the same standard when Israel annexes Palestinian territory.
Dimitri Lascaris is a journalist and lawyer. As a lawyer, he specializes in class action litigation, international law and human rights. He was a member of the shadow cabinets of the Green Parties of Canada and Quebec. In 2020, he ran for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada and came in second.