November 3, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
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 ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of the prison sentence for former prime minister Ehud Olmert pending appeal on his conviction of corruption charges. Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal while serving as mayor of Jerusalem. Olmert will ...[read more]
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]
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]
December 18, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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]
November 19, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the detention of Samer al-Baraq without trial. Al-Baraq, a Palestinian citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda biological weapons expert, has been detained for over three years. Al-Baraq obtained military training in Afghanistan and was recruited by al ...[read more]
November 17, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday adopted an amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration, permitting the state to detain undocumented immigrants for up to one year. The amendment is a direct response to an earlier ruling of the Supreme Court of Israel holding that the 2012 amendment to ...[read more]
September 16, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Israel on Monday invalidated the 2012 amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration, declaring the act unconstitutional. The law had allowed police forces to arrest undocumented immigrants and detain them for up to three years without trial. The unanimous decision ...[read more]
December 3, 2012
by Sarah Steers
On December 3, 2003, Israel's Supreme Court banned Jenin Jenin, a controversial documentary by Israeli Arab filmmaker Mohammad Bakri that depicted an April 2002 Israeli attack on Palestinian militants and civilians. Israel's Film Ratings Board banned the film, claiming that it distorted facts. ...[read more]
October 3, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 3, 2010, two Israeli soldiers were convicted of using a 9-year-old boy to search bags for explosives during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. The boy made a statement to an advocacy group, Defense for Children International, stating that he feared the soldiers would kill him if he did not search ...[read more]

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