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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John B. Quigley, Dimitri Lascaris April 25, 2024

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

April 25, 2024 
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded April 24/25, 2024

Last week, the United States surprised no-one in using its veto power in the United Nations Security Council to stymie again Palestine’s hopes of recognition as a full member state. In killing the resolution – a reiteration of another aborted by that body in 2011 – America said, “This vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood, but instead is an acknowledgment that it will only come from direct negotiations between the parties.” That presumably an allusion to Israel, the UN member state currently waging a widely acknowledged genocide across Palestine’s remnant historical territories.

John B. Quigley is Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, whose numerous publications include books on international jurisprudence, and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, east European law, African law, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In his book, ‘The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the MIddle East Conflict’ Quigley argues the state of Palestine was extant before Israel’s creation, and remains so despite any subsequent “permutation” to its territory.

Some of Quigley’s other titles include, ‘The Case for Palestine: An International Law Perspective’, ‘Palestinian Crisis Best Understood Under International Law’, ‘International Law and the Palestinian Refugees’, ‘The Genocide Convention: An International Law Analysis’, and ‘The Statehood of Palestine’ among many others.

John B. Quigley in the first half.

And; following the UN Security Council’s quashing of the full membership resolution for Palestine, an emboldened Israel accelerated its genocide campaign against the captive Gaza; and though famine and disease threaten, and the entire Strip is being subject to land, sea and air bombardment, the international community has proven yet unable to either stop the onslaught, or get adequate food and other aid to the people there. But not everyone is waiting for the UN, or “international community” to act.

Activist, journalist, and lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris has joined the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2024 in Turkiye, where the three ship strong contingent has expedited its departure to “meet the profound and urgent needs of Gaza’s civilian population”. But there are forces exerting pressure to prevent the ships sailing, (as no doubt there will be the same trying to arrest the completion of their humanitarian mission).

Dimitri’s articles and recent video reports from the Middle East are available at his site,, and his interviews for TRNN can be found at

Dimitri Lascaris taking to the high seas in defense of Palestine in the second half.

But first, John Quigley and the making of the State of Palestine now as it’s ever been, again.


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