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Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected appeals to halt the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier. The petitions arguing against the release of more than 1,000 jailed Palestinians in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [BBC backgrounder] were filed by … [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
3 Apr 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website] on Sunday called [statement] on the UN to retract the Goldstone Report [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] following statements made by Richard Goldstone in a Washington Post op-ed [text]. The Goldstone Report, which found that Israel committed war crimes [JURIST report] in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Turkish Foreign Ministry [official website] announced Wednesday that it will conduct an investigation [press release, in Turkish] into the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The investigatory commission will operate under the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] testified Monday that Israel did not violate international law [transcript] during the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. His testimony was the first heard … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Hamas [JURIST news archive] authorities to allow captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [advocacy website, in Hebrew; BBC backgrounder] to communicate with his family and receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website]. Shalit … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] on Monday called for an end [press release] to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], which it labeled a violation of international humanitarian law. The organization described the blockade as collective punishment, a war crime under … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Israeli officials on Wednesday rejected a call by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict [official website] to establish an independent inquiry into accusations of war crimes during December and January's Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The establishment … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Both Israel and Palestine committed war crimes that may amount to crimes against humanity during December and January's Operation Cast Lead [Global Security backgrounder] in the Gaza strip, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict [official … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet voted in a meeting [minutes] Sunday to deny Hamas [JURIST news archive] prisoners privileges not required by law, such as education, entertainment and some visitation. The move, recommended by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann [official profile; JURIST news archive], is intended to pressure Hamas [Haaretz report] into … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Israeli forces arrested 12 Hamas leaders during raids in the West Bank Thursday. Among those seized [AFP report; Haaretz report, in Hebrew] were former Palestine deputy prime minister Nasseredin al-Shaer and Hamas officials Adnan Asfur and Raafat Nassif. The seizures came after Israel and Hamas failed to reach an … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] announced Tuesday that a military court had sentenced a former West Bank mayor to six years in prison after finding him guilty of belonging to and assisting the militant group Hamas [JURIST news archive; CFR backgrounder]. Former Mayor Hatam Ridah Jarrar (also … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] Monday denied a request to suspend the opening of border crossings between the country and the Palestinian Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The appeal was made by the father of Sgt. Gilad Schalit [advocacy website], an Israeli soldier held prisoner by Hamas [GlobalSecurity … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A tentative agreement between the Israeli government and Hamas [BBC backgrounder] for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has been hindered by disagreements over the identity of the Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange for Shalit, Israeli Army Radio reported Monday. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] Wednesday rejected a demand by Palestinian militants to free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners [JURIST report] in exchange for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In a speech before Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defense … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the long list of Palestinian prisoners [JURIST report] that Palestinian militants have demanded be freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Olmert and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Israel is reviewing the names of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners that Palestinian militants have demanded freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Israeli officials said Sunday. Shalit was captured in Gaza [JURIST report] on June 25, and his detention helped … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Israel is willing to release many Palestinian prisoners [speech transcript], even long-term detainees, if Palestinian militants agree to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder], Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] said Monday. Shalit was captured in Gaza [JURIST report] on June 25, and his detention … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] An Israel Defense Forces [official website] court denied bail Monday to 18 Palestinian lawmakers on trial for charges of membership in a terrorist organization [JURIST report]. The ruling, postponed from last week, reverses an earlier military court decision that prosecutors appealed [JURIST reports]. In his opinion, Judge Col. Shaul … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a decision on whether 21 defendants, who were who were detained [JURIST report] following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Gaza in June, should be released from detention while their cases are examined. Last Tuesday, the military … [read more]

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