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Amnesty: Israel attacks on Gaza landmark buildings were war crimes
December 9, 2014
The Israeli army's air strikes on four landmark buildings in Gaza from July to August this year were deliberate and indicative of war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks, but many civilians in neighboring buildings were severely injured. AI reported tha....... [more]

France plans to recognize Palestinian state if peace talks fail
November 28, 2014
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a speech before parliament Friday stated that France would recognize a Palestinian state if international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fails. The French Parliament will hold a symbolic vote on December 2nd on whether the government should....... [more]

UN rights experts call for end of punitive house demolition in Palestine and Israel
November 25, 2014
The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Terri....... [more]

Israel Cabinet approves draft of Jewish 'nation state' law
November 24, 2014
The Cabinet of Israel on Sunday approved draft legislation that would official define Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. The controversial law, titled "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People," passed the Cabinet 14 votes to 6, and will now proceed to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns attack on West Jerusalem synagogue
November 18, 2014
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, in....... [more]

Israel PM backs Jewish 'nation-state' bill
November 16, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday gave his approval to a controversial bill that would make Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people. A ministerial debate is to occur on Sunday as well, during which the members will discuss whether the bill can codify Israel's definition as a J....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: no charges in Israeli flotilla raid
November 6, 2014
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis 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 basis to belie....... [more]

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes during 2014 war in Gaza
November 6, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) accused Israel of committing war crimes during the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a 48-page report published on Wednesday, entitled "Families Under Rubble: Israeli Attacks on Inhabited Homes." In eight documented cases, the report alleges Israeli forces dropped aeria....... [more]

Israel parliament approves bill barring prisoner exchange
November 4, 2014
Israel's Knesset Plenum on Tuesday announced their approval of the second and third readings of Parole Bill (amendment no. 14). The bill, proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, will limit the power of the government to free prisoners as part of foreign relations prisoner swaps by allowing judges to label c....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Jerusalem passport case
November 3, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry the US Court of Appeals for the District of C....... [more]

Israel Cabinet approves law enabling easier conversions to Judaism
November 3, 2014
The Cabinet of Israel approved a new law Sunday enabling easier conversion to Judaism. Under the new law, the chief rabbi of each Israeli city would be able to form and lead a conversion court governed by rules to be promulgated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Prior to the newly passed conversio....... [more]




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