Israel


    Questions and answers on Israeli settlements
    26.09.17
    AFP

    A Palestinian gunman opened fire at an entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing three security personnel and wounding another. Here are some key questions and answers on Israeli settlements: - What are settlements? - Settlements are Israeli villages, towns and even cities built on territory Israel seized during the Six-Day War of 1967. Some 430,000 Israeli settlers currently live in the occupied West Bank, along with 2.6 million Palestinians. A further 200,000 Israelis live in annexed east Jerusalem, along with at least 300,000 Palestinians, who want to make the sector the capital of their future state. Israel also seized part...

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    HRW says Israel stripping Palestinians of Jerusalem residency 'war crime'
    08.08.17
    AFP

    Human Rights Watch said Tuesday Israel had stripped nearly 15,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem of their right to live in the city since 1967 and warned that it could be a "war crime." "Israel claims to treat Jerusalem as a unified city, but the reality is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director, said in a report. Israel occupied east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War in a move never recognised by the international community. The more than 300,000 Palestinians there have permanent residency status but are not Israeli nationals. While east Jerusalem residents are allowed to apply for citizenship, most do...

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    Israel settler law angers world powers but Trump
    03.02.17
    AFP

    Israel faced mounting international criticism Tuesday over a new law allowing the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settler outposts, but the United States remained notably silent. The United Nations, Britain, France and Israel's neighbour Jordan were among those coming out against the legislation passed in parliament late Monday. "This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. The law legalises dozens of wildcat outposts and thousands of settler...

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    Week in Review: Landmark trials and landmark struggles for transitional justice
    12.12.16
    François Sergent, JusticeInfo

    Transitional justice, the focus of our website, is still a little understood concept, according to Kora Andrieu, an expert in the field. “The problem with transitional justice, he says, is that the term can be taken to mean that it is justice which is in transition, whereas the idea is rather justice applied to the special context of democratic transitions.” And so this week, whether before the courts of Israel or France, transitional justice continued trying to forge its identity. The Israeli case is emblematic. Settlers on Palestinian land and their allies in the Knesset (Israeli...

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    Israel moves to “legalize” all West Bank settlements
    06.12.16
    Aude Marcovitch, correspondent in Jerusalem

    Next to Route 60, a road that crosses the length of the West Bank, to the northeast of Ramallah lies the Israeli settlement of Ofra. If you go through this place peopled by some 3,000 inhabitants, a ribbon of tarmac climbs up a nearby hill. From there you have a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. It is there that a group of radical young Israelis who say they want to “live in a community on our Biblical land”, settled in 1996. This is the outpost of Amona, which now has 40 families living there. It is the biggest “outpost” (unauthorized settlement) in the West Bank and is now...

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    ICC makes first cautious visit to Israel
    11.10.16
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    A prosecution delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah from October 5 to 10. This was the first visit to Israel and Palestine since the Court opened a preliminary examination 22 months ago on crimes committed since June 13, 2014 in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It was as if on tiptoe that a delegation from the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor went to Israel and the West Bank from October 5 to 10, 2016. Israel continues to refuse the Court’s jurisdiction in the conflict but has decided in the last year or so to soften its...

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    Week in Review: Israel and the ICC, Sexual Violence and the LRA
    12.09.16
    François Sergent, JusticeInfo.net

     The International Criminal Court (ICC), which is regularly criticized for focusing too much on Africa, announced this week that one of its investigation teams is to go to Israel for the first time.The conditions, mandate and even itinerary of the team’s visit have not been disclosed, either by the ICC or the Israeli government, which reflects its sensitivity and the tensions it arouses in the country. Our correspondent in Israel Aude Marcovitch looked at the extent of goodwill from Israel, which has not signed the Rome Statute (founding document of the ICC) and does not recognize the...

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    'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': Amnesty
    29.07.15
    AFP

    An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The London-based rights group called for those responsible for the alleged offences to be prosecuted as it published a detailed analysis of the Israeli military operation using eyewitness accounts, satellite imagery, photos and videos. "There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas...

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    ISRAEL ABSOLVES ITS ARMY
    19.06.15
    Serge Dumont, Tel Aviv correspondent

    Israeli Military Prosecutor Danny Efroni said he was closing a case on the deaths of four Palestinian children killed by an Israeli missile on July 16, 2014, while playing football on a beach in the northern Gaza Strip. In so doing he meets approval from the majority of Israelis, for whom Tsahal remains “the most moral army in the world”. But Efroni, who also dismissed last week two other cases related to the deadly bombings of civilian homes during operation “Protective Edge” (the fifty-day war which set Palestinian factions against the Jewish State in summer of 2014), unleashed a wave of...

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