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UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlement of West Bank building
April 16, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arb....... [more]

UN receives letters of accession from Palestinian Authority
April 3, 2014
The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which resumed....... [more]

Israel ex-PM convicted of bribery charges
March 31, 2014
Israel's Tel Aviv District Court on Monday convicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert of accepting bribes relating to the construction of a luxury apartment complex called the Holyland towers. As Jerusalem's mayor from 1993 to 2003, Olmert, along with other city officials, allegedly accepte....... [more]

UN rights expert calls on ICJ to assess legality of Israel occupation of Palestine
March 24, 2014
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing and argues that....... [more]

Israel parliament approves conscription law reform
March 12, 2014
The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday approved a bill that would draft previously exempt individuals, including ultra-Orthodox men, into the military. Security Service Bill (amendment No. 19), 2014, also known as the Enlistment Bill and the Equal Service Bill, was approved in its third reading by a vote....... [more]

Rights group accuses Syria government of war crimes
March 10, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus. The report, entitled "Squeezing the Life Out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieg....... [more]

Egypt court brands Hamas a terrorist group
March 4, 2014
A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is a terrorist organization and banned all activities by the group in Egypt. The ruling was based on connections between Hamas, the Islamist ruling party of Palestine, with the Muslim Brotherhood, a similar Egyptian organiz....... [more]

Israel urged to investigate use of excessive military force
February 27, 2014
Israeli soldiers have used excessive force in the West Bank since 2011, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report Thursday. AI's investigation was specifically focused on the evidence of the unlawful shootings of 22 Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers. The shootings arose from the Palestinia....... [more]

Federal judge allows same-sex marriage licenses in Cook County, Illinois
February 24, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday ruled that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage licenses immediately rather than having to wait for the effective date of Illinois' same-sex marriage law in June. After US District Judge Sharon Johnso....... [more]

Israel court to rule on anti-boycott law
February 17, 2014
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 law makes a boycott call....... [more]

Former Israel PM Ariel Sharon is dead at age 85
January 12, 2014
Former Israeli Prime Minister and military leader, Ariel Sharon, was pronounced dead on Saturday at the age of 85. Sharon suffered a major stroke in January of 2006, which placed him in a coma for the remainder of his life and resulted in a declaration of official incapacitation while he was servin....... [more]


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