Nicola Perugini

Nicola Perugini

Nicola Perugini is lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Follow him on Twitter: @PeruginiNic

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A young member of the migrant caravan at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (Phone: EPA Images) Views
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Migrant Caravan: Branding Migrants ‘Human Shields’ Has a Deadly Motive
The “ migrant caravan ” is making its way towards the US border – and is facing countless obstacles and much opposition along the way. Most recently, protests erupted when a large group of the migrants reached the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump was quick to join the...
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Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper, was featured in an Israel propaganda video claiming she was used as a 'human shield' by Hamas [Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa] Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Fallacy of Israel's Human Shields Claims in Gaza
It has become part of a macabre ritual. Each week, thousands of Palestinians stride towards the fence surrounding the small swath of land in which they have been imprisoned for years, as Israeli snipers pick their victims and shoot. Since March 30, 132 Palestinians have been killed and over 13,000...
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An aerial image shows civilians leaving the town of Manbij, Syria, purportedly with Isis using the convoy as a shield for their retreating fighters. Photograph: SDF Views
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Human Shields as Preemptive Legal Defense for Killing Civilians
Human shields have been making headlines for some time. Before the recent fray between ISIS and Iraqi governmental forces in Fallujah, the United Press International released an article entitled “ Iraqi forces halt Fallujah advance amid fears for 50,000 human shields .” Indeed, not a day has passed...
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Sunday, July 20, 2014
On 'Human Shielding' in Gaza
All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most "precise and surgical", is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields. For Palestinians living in Gaza today...
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Friday, July 12, 2013
Israel’s 'Indigenous Invaders’
On June 24th the “Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev” passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament.
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