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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two minors for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. The court sentenced one of the minors to life in prison while the other received 21 years as they were believed to have had a lesser role in the crime. A third minor is awaiting … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Makarim Wibisono [official profile], resigned from his position Monday, saying that Israel has not granted him access [press release] to the Occupied Palestinian Territory after repeated requests. In his resignation letter, Wibisono stated he regrets having … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Months after a deadly July arson attack that left an 18-month old Palestinian and his parents dead, the Israeli government [Ministry of Justice official site, Hebrew] is making moves to prosecute the Jewish extremists [ABCnews report] suspected to have committed the attacks. The length of time it has taken … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Dec 2015
by Robbie Sabel of Hebrew University Jerusalem
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Robbie Sabel, of the Hebrew University Jerusalem, discusses the continued violence in Israel ... In recent weeks Israel has been facing a wave of "individual" terrorism and the Israel Authorities are in a dilemma as to how to combat it within existing legal restraints. In the past, … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The President of Palestine, HE Mahmoud Abbas, and other Palestinian foreign officials met with the chief prosecutor [ICC press release] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday, where the Palestinian officials presented documents that purportedly contain evidence of war crimes by Israel. The ICC prosecutor's office, … [read more]

Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ordered the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization [official websites] to post USD $10 million in bond or cash while they appeal a finding [JURIST report] that they supported the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Palestinian government on Wednesday defended its record after documents were leaked claiming officials have attempted to misuse public funds. It is reported [AP report] the documents reveal efforts to fund a private neighborhood complex for government officials, pay for a official's daughter's schooling and pay for an official's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Israel on Sunday sentenced two alleged Jewish extremists to six months in prison without formal charges. The arrests [Guardian report] are part of a crackdown on Jewish extremists and come after an arson attack [JURIST report] on a Palestinian home that killed a child and injured the child's parents. … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Ministry [official website] on Wednesday jailed an Israeli extremists for sixth months with no charges or formal trial. It is reported [Times of Israel report] that Mordechai Meyer was sent to jail in as an effort by Israel officials to stop militant Jews involvement in future … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] and recently appointed UN special envoy in the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov [press release] condemned [UN statement] the arson attacks in the West Bank on Friday that killed a Palestinian child and severely wounded the child's parents and sibling. … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Wednesday released a report [official report] that points to evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in the August 2014 retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. By analyzing hundreds of photos, videos, satellite images and eyewitness testimony, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [official profile] said Thursday that he had presented documents [press release, in Arabic] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to assist in the investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. The documents describe the Israel occupation of the West Bank, treatment of Palestinian prisoners, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A report [text, DOC; materials] released Monday by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict [official website] found that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during the conflict. The 51 day Gaza Conflict [BBC backgrounder] resulted in widespread destruction and over a … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Hamas forces of leading a series of abductions, torturous acts and unlawful killings against Palestinians. AI's report [report] documents the human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings often condoned by largely unaccountable Hamas authorities. Director of the Middle East and … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found [AP report] that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Sunday ordered a female Palestinian legislative council member, Khalida Jarrar, to serve a six-month detention without trial. Jarrar, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) [party website] has been placed under Israeli administrative detention [PFLP press release], … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry [official website, in Hebrew] had … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Palestine became the 123rd state party [press release] to the Rome Statute Wednesday, officially joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The Rome Statute of the ICC was signed and submitted [JURIST report] by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] in January. A ceremony Wednesday included many ICC … [read more]

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