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Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Spanish judge has effectively issued an "arrest warrant" for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website], ordering law enforcement to alert him if Netanyahu sets foot in the country, so that he may reopen the investigation into the 2010 Israeli flotilla attack [JURIST op-ed]. Judge Jose de la … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday asked [press release] for the court's prosecutor to review her decision not to investigate the 2010 Israeli raid of a flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip. Review of the decision [AP report] was requested by the Union of Comoros. … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis [report, PDF] to continue the investigation of a 2010 raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on flotilla vessels headed for Gaza. While the prosecutor said that there was a "reasonable … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday called for international arrest warrants for four former Israeli military chiefs involved in a deadly 2010 maritime raid [UN report, PDF]. According to a lawyer working on the case, prosecutors are seeking life sentences [AFP report] for the commanders who they claim were responsible … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Israeli rights groups on Sunday asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 2011 law that prevents Israelis from calling for a boycott of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, claiming that it violates the right to free speech. Although there is no precedent for it as of yet, the … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Top UN and EU officials denounced the renewed plans for Israeli settlements [Reuters report] announced Wednesday by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Hebrew]. The plans include building more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [BBC profile] announced Sunday that Israel will participate in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] review [review docket] of its human rights record, ending an 18-month boycott. All members of the UN are expected to undergo this review every four years to … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court [official website] said Tuesday that her office will conduct a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid [JURIST news archive] on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza strip in which nine civilians on a Turkish ship were killed. The … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A civilian committee tasked with investigating Israel's 2010 flotilla raid [UN report, PDF; JURIST news archive] on several Turkish ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip concluded [report, PDF] on Wednesday that investigations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] of alleged war crimes violations meet the standards … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Tuesday opened a trial in absentia for former Israeli military commanders accused of killing nine Turkish citizens aboard a ship attempting to pass through the Gaza blockade in 2010. The Turkish judge began the proceedings with testimony [Reuters report] from people who were on board … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Israel's Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss [official website, in Hebrew] released a report [material, in Hebrew] on Wednesday that criticized the way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website] handled the May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive]. In the 153-page report, Lindenstrauss stressed that there were "significant shortcomings" [Al Jazeera report] … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] An Istanbul criminal court on Monday unanimously approved a 144-page indictment against four Israeli military leaders for their involvement in the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists during the May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive]. The prosecution is seeking 10 life jail sentences against former Israeli Defense Forces … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for the West Bank and Gaza Strip [UNICEF backgrounder], Richard Falk called Thursday, called [press release] for better guidelines on the treatment of Palestinian youth [UN News Centre report] arrested by the Israeli military. in a report to the General Assembly's human rights … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu [official profile] said Saturday that Turkey will take Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] over the legality of Israel's Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] blockade. Davutoglu delivered a press statement [text] on Friday accepting the findings of a UN … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The UN on Friday criticized Israel for using excessive force [report, PDF] during a May 2010 flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. In a UN-produced report released by the New York Times amid objections … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Israel issued a warning to the international media on Sunday, threatening deportation and a 10-year ban from the country for any foreign journalist caught on board an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Government Press Office [official website] issued a letter to foreign journalists [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A Turkish government inquiry into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla [JURIST news archive] faulted Israeli soldiers Friday for violating international law. The panel's final report indicates at least two activists were killed before commandos boarded [AFP report] the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in the flotilla. According … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A civilian committee assigned to investigate the May 31 Israeli raid [JURIST news archive] on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip on concluded that Israel did not violate international law [report, PDF]. The Turkel Commission [official website], headed by former Israeli Supreme Court [official website] Justice … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Jan 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Barry A. Feinstein, a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the School of Law of Netanya Academic College in Israel, says that it is imperative to conduct a proportionality analysis of Israel's military actions against the Mavi Marmara and the Gaza Flotilla.... In a companion article … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Six months after Israel announced that it was easing the blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], there is little sign of economic improvement for the struggling territory, according to a report published Tuesday by 25 human rights groups including Amnesty International [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Dashed Hopes" … [read more]

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