Palestine


    Palestinian civil society urges the ICC to act
    24.07.17
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    Lawyers representing 448 named victims and 42 Palestinian civil society organizations have presented to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a thick file of complaints against Israeli settlement, its blockade of Gaza and the war of summer 2014. They are urging the Prosecutor to speed up proceedings and asking her to open an investigation.  “This is the first time the people have turned to the Court,” said French lawyer Gilles Devers as he emerged from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on July 19 after filing the complaint  on behalf of Palestinian victims and civil...

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    One man’s struggle for a Palestinian museum in Israel
    16.01.17
    Pierre Hazan, JusticeInfo editorial advisor and associate professor at Neuchâtel University

    Said Abu Shakra is a man of convictions and rarely hesitates to realize them. One of his goals is that visitors coming from Tel Aviv do not stop on the road to Haifa just to get some hummus, but that they get lost in the town of Umm-el-Fahem before arriving at his art gallery. He hopes they will ask their way in the winding streets of this town populated by 50,000 Arabs and so overcome their apprehension of being in hostile territory, even if this municipality is officially part of Israel. Said Abu Shakra explains how the fact of getting lost can be a way for Jews and Arab Israelis to meet...

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    Israel forced to cooperate with the International Criminal Court
    08.09.16
    Aude Marcovitch, correspondent in Tel Aviv

    A team from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to visit Israel soon, at the request of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. This is a first in relations between Israel – which is not an ICC member State – and the Court. But the expectations of Israelis and Palestinians differ sharply with regard to these visitors, whose precise mandate and itinerary have not been specified. After becoming a non-member State of the United Nations at the end of 2012, Palestine ratified the ICC Statutes and was admitted as the 123rd States Party (member) of the Court in April 2015. It was at Palestine’s...

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    100 Years after Balfour Declaration, Palestinians Threaten to Sue

    Can the law correct the colonial past? That is the hope of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, who plans to sue Britain in an international court for the Balfour Declaration nearly a century ago which gave a “national home” to the Jewish people. In our troubled times, people are putting their hopes in the courts. Judges are inevitably called to decide one way or the other (guilty/ not guilty), so they appear the ultimate arbiters who can provide judgment, reason, sanctions and reparations.  Hence the temptation, including for governments, to turn to the judicial...

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    Israel/Palestine: Palestinian Rights Defenders Threatened

    (Jerusalem) – New anonymous death threats have been made against staff members of a Palestinian human rights organization advocating an investigation by the International Criminal Court into alleged war crimes in Palestine. The Gaza-based Al-Mezan issued a statement on August 11, 2016, that a staff member working in Europe reported receiving three anonymous email threats. The last email, sent on August 10, whose contents were shared with Human Rights Watch, was accompanied by photographs of the exterior of his home and read in part, “you deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But maybe you would be hurt before them.” Since last year, unknown people have sent threats to staff...

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    Palestine: ICC Should Open Formal Probe

    Impartial Justice Needed as Occupation Enters 50th Year As the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza entered its 50th year, Human Rights Watch called today on the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to open a formal investigation into serious international crimes committed in Palestine by Israelis and Palestinians. Given strong evidence that serious crimes have been committed in Palestine since 2014, including new population transfers into occupied territories, the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, should undertake a formal probe consistent with the ICC’s Rome Statute, Human...

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    Israel and Palestine Pursue War of Remembrance

    A day of joy or a day of mourning? The battle of remembrance remains as intense as ever between Israelis and Palestinians. Israelis have just celebrated the 68th anniversary of their State, as Palestinians remembered the Nakba, the exile of hundreds of thousands of them during the 1948 war. Extreme-right Israeli leader Avigdor Lieberman has been invited to be Defence Minister, which could inflame the remembrance war further, whilst a new museum is to open in Bir Zeit documenting the loss of Palestinian land.   On May 12, Israel celebrated Independence Day, Yom Hatsmaout. There was an...

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    Non-violence the best weapon in Palestine, says Ali Abu Awwad
    09.12.15
    Pierre Hazan, JusticeInfo.net Head of Project, associate professor at Neuchâtel University

    Palestinian activist Ali Abu Awwad spent four years in an Israeli prison. In 1993 he went on hunger strike for 17 days demanding to see his mother, who was also in jail. His protest worked, and he realized that non-violence can be an effective weapon. Since then he has, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, been working to create a non-violent national movement in Palestine. Awwad set up Taghir (Change), where he teaches Palestinians the principles of non-violence. He is convinced this will be more effective than violence in ending the Israeli occupation. Breaking a boycott, Awwad meets with...

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    PALESTINE ENGAGES INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AS LAST RESORT
    25.06.15
    Stéphanie Maupas, ICC correspondent in The Hague

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday carried out its first act of cooperation with International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, submitting a confidential file of several hundred pages in support of its complaints against Israel. Emerging from the court, PA Foreign Affairs Minister Ryad Al-Maliki said they were not trying to interfere in the preliminary examination opened by Bensouda in mid-January, but simply to “cooperate” in line with Palestine’s obligation since it became an ICC member on April 1 this year. He said Palestinians had “chosen to seek justice and not...

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    'War crimes' likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza war: UN report
    22.06.15
    AFP

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying the "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information" and "credible allegations" that both sides had committed war crimes during the conflict, which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers. "The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was...

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    ICC, GAZA AND THE RULES OF WAR
    28.05.15
    Pierre Hazan

    In becoming a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) this past April, the Palestinian Authority intends to pursue its policy of isolating the Israeli state. How better to achieve this than to watch what is perhaps the highest international jurisdiction pursue the political and military Israeli leaders? One hypothesis that troubles the Netanyahu government, and for good reason, is that the West Bank settlements represent a serious violation of international law. There is also the fear of being convicted of war crimes for indiscriminate bombing. At the time of the conflict between...

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