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Long Journey Home: The Right of Return, International Law, & the Fate of Palestinian Refugees

2 February, 2011 Muftah

Remains of Lifta near Jerusalem
Remains of Lifta near Jerusalem

In 1948 when Palestinians fled from their homes in the war leading to the creation of the Israeli state, many assumed their lives would resume as soon as hostilities ceased. Nearly 63 years later, however, Palestinian refugees remain in suspension, still barred from returning to the villages, towns and cities inside Israel, which they left behind. Continue reading Long Journey Home: The Right of Return, International Law, & the Fate of Palestinian Refugees

Finally Netanyahu comes clean – no to two states

At a conference in Israel held by the Institute for National Security Studies and titled “In the Absence of Progress toward a Final Status Agreement: Options for Israel,” Netanyahu finally came clean – he has no intention of pursuing a two-state “solution” in the Levant. Contrary to his previous speeches and diplomatic rhetoric to America and EU countries, he was clear as he outlined his Likudnik vision for the future. Most people don’t know that the Likud charter is expressly against any Palestinian state and works to ensure it does not occur: Continue reading Finally Netanyahu comes clean – no to two states

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted to ensure that all peoples – of every race, creed, colour and nationality were granted equal rights under international law, even where those peoples were formerly oppressed by warlords, colonial regimes or militarily occupied or otherwise deprived of rights due to war or the like. While many people have a dim view of the United Nations, this instrument of international law is a giant leap forward for those who had been deemed unworthy or in other ways denied basic rights that should be afforded to all by virtue of being born a human being. Continue reading Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Israeli secret police: we can torture if we want

hooded figure - meant to exonerate Israel of torture
A simulation of the most  gentle treatment of Palestinians, meant to exonerate Israel

As days go by without finding the “missing” Jewish settler colonist teens, more and more Palestinians are kidnapped by Israeli military, more collective punishment and war crimes committed by Israel.

This situation is being used to full political, propaganda, and even legal advantage by Israel. Israel is a signatory to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, but like all other international law, doesn’t want to follow it or be limited by any such laws – those are only for the goyim (Gentiles, i.e., the other 8 billion people on the planet) Continue reading Israeli secret police: we can torture if we want

Israel stops practice of placing detained Palestinian children in outdoor cages

After a delegation of the Public Defender’s Office found that there were Palestinian children being held in cages outside in a snowstorm overnight (without winter coats even) and it was publicised, the Justice Minister Tzipi Livni made a call to the Bureau of Prisons which agreed to stop the practice.  Note that it was only stopped due to the torture being publicised. Considering how many reports have been issued regarding Israeli torture, it is logical to infer that this particular torture of Palestinian children (and adults) had been occurring for some time. Continue reading Israel stops practice of placing detained Palestinian children in outdoor cages

Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody

Israel routinely maltreats Palestinians and children in its custody, which has been observed and reported time and again over the years. Israel, of course, always denies any wrongdoing. When caught red-handed or the attention is too great (or it is in imminent danger of being caught), it simply refuses to cooperate with monitors. In fact, Israel refused to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council for some years and only recently agreed to participate in a review. What follows are just a few of the many reports written by NGOs or UN agencies relating to the systematic brutal and illegal treatment (in some cases amounting to torture) of Palestinian children in Israel’s military custody. Continue reading Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody

What does the law say about the establishment of settlements in occupied territory?

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 05-10-2010 FAQ

illegal settlement of hebron
Hebron region. In the foreground, a tent where a Palestinian family lives, and in the background an illegal Israeli settlement. © ICRC / Chung / il-e-01870

When a territory is placed under the authority of a hostile army, the rules of international humanitarian law dealing with occupation apply. Occupation confers certain rights and obligations on the occupying power.

Continue reading What does the law say about the establishment of settlements in occupied territory?

ICERD Panel Report on Discrimination in Israel and Palestine

Jadaliyya

Between mid-February and early March 2012, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held its 80th session, in which it evaluated the compliance of several states with the 1966 International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Among these states was Israel, which became a party to the Convention in 1979. The Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations are notable because they establish that Israel’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) are tantamount to Apartheid, and additionally determine that many state policies within Israel also violate the prohibition on Apartheid as enshrined in Article 3 of the Convention. [Read the ICERD report in full] Continue reading ICERD Panel Report on Discrimination in Israel and Palestine

Palestine signs 14 treaties and conventions

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) –Letters of accession for 15 international multilateral treaties and conventions were handed to the relevant parties on Wednesday after being signed by President Mahmoud Abbas a day earlier, Palestinian officials said.

“I presented the letters signed by Abbas this morning to UN special envoy Robert Serry, as well as to the representatives of the Netherlands and Switzerland,” Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said. Continue reading Palestine signs 14 treaties and conventions

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Israeli amusement park sign
Israeli amusement park sign

The Convention on the Elimination of All Racial Discrimination (ICERD)  was adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 1965 by resolution 2106 (XX), and it entered into force on 4 January 1969, thirty days after the deposit of the twenty-seventh instrument of ratification, as provided for in its article 19. Continue reading Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid

Article II

For the purpose of the present Convention, the term ‘the crime of apartheid’, which shall include similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa, shall apply to the following inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them: Continue reading 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid