Words Matter is an hour-long interactive Zoom presentation which seeks to demystify the legal parameters pf the conflict between Israel and Hamas, empower participants to use legal terminology correctly, and understand the legal complexities of war.
As an international human rights lawyer and former law professor, I have been listening carefully to the emerging discourse and the way that legal terminology is being used - and misused - by all sides. As part of the way to fight misinformation, and in an attempt to empower people to have educated conversations, I developed this presentation. It is grounded in law and tries to keep the politics to a minimum.
Words Matter has three main goals:
It seeks to enable individuals (and organizations) to use language correctly - in their social media posts, their organizational statements, and in conversations with their communities and friends.
The Words Matter program lasts for one hour with 25 minutes of presentation and the remainder spent in discussion/Q & A. The presentation can be adapted to meet your needs however the optimum time is between 45 - 90 minutes.
Words Matter has three main goals: to explore key principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), to educate about appropriate use of terms like "war crimes", "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide", and to explain the complexity of the application of these principles and terms to the current rapidly unfolding conflict between Israel and Hamas. It seeks to enable individuals (and organizations) to use language correctly - in their social media posts, their organizational statements, and in conversations with their communities and friends.
Words Matter is a presentation about international law. There is some discussion of how the Law of War applies to both Israel and Hamas and reference to areas in which both parties are violating core principles. A key part of the presentation, however, is discussing how complicated it is to apply IHL in the current conflict.
Words Matter is a presentation intended for adults and college students. Religious groups, civic organizations, journalists, schools, or other community groups, are invited to schedule a Words Matter webinar.
Given the importance of getting this information out to the community, there is no charge for Words Matter. An honorarium, where a group is able to provide it, is much appreciated.