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Legal News
5 days 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
6 days 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
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
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
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
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]


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
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel has decided to open a dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on an investigation into Israel's conduct in the Gaza Strip last summer according to a Thursday report [Haaretz report] by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the ICC has no … [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
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [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]

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