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Legal News
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Robert Piper [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [statement text] over "the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers." Piper specifically mentioned the case of Mohammed Al-Qiq, a detainee whose health is rapidly declining and reaching potentially irreversible … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Settlement businesses contribute to Israel's violations of Palestinian rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] Tuesday. The report stated that, "it is Human Rights Watch's view that by virtue of doing business in or with settlements or settlement businesses, companies contribute to one or more … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [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
30 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Israeli court on Monday found two Israeli minors guilty of murdering and kidnapping Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian minor, in 2014 in Jerusalem. The minors, whose names were not mentioned in court proceedings [Al Jazeera report], will face sentencing in January and will be able to appeal their … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that a Saudi Arabia court has sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy or abandoning his Muslim faith. The organization's researcher in the Middle East, Adam Coogle, said that he had seen the trial documents [Reuters report] and confirmed the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Special Rapporteurs Makarim Wibisono and Christof Heyns [official profiles] expressed concern [press release] Monday over ongoing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel. This latest phase of conflict began in October [UN report] and has claimed an estimated 15 Israeli and 80 Palestinian lives, with more casualties … [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
19 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Makarim Wibisono [official profile] expressed [press release] "grave concern" Friday over the intensification of violence across Occupied Palestinian Territory. In his statement he urged Israel to "exercise restraint and to recognise that all, including Palestinians, have equal right to respect for their human rights and their … [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
20 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of a Palestinian man who has been on a two-month hunger strike. The prisoner, Mohammad Allan, had been on a hunger strike since June 16 in order to protest his detention, which was set to last indefinitely. … [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
31 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]

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