April 21, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the court will address the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse US passports and Consular Reports ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
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 ...[read more]
March 24, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
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 ...[read more]
March 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
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 ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
February 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
January 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
December 18, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday claiming that Israel's new detention facility violates an order of the Supreme Court of Israel, which ruled in September that the detention of undocumented immigrants for up to three years without trial was unconstitutional. In response, the ...[read more]

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