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By: Hiba Bi'rat This is the third and last part of our article series dealing with the international law position on the Israeli Wall of Separation constructed on the Palestinian Occupied Territories including East Jerusalem. This article mainly focuses on the consequences and responsibilities emerge from violating international law in this specific case. Legal Consequences on Israel Israel’s justifications for the construction of the wall Israel has justified its action of the wall construction in two main arguments: the state
By: Hiba B'irat In the previous article, we analyzed human rights violations resulting from the construction of the Israeli separation wall, the current article deals with International Humanitarian Law violations, especially with the presence of the Palestinian Israeli armed conflict and the situation of occupation, which leaves huge space for International humanitarian principles and rules to apply. International Humanitarian Law position International Humanitarian Law Applicability: International Humanitarian Law applies whenever a war, an armed conflict, or an occupation takes place.
By: Hiba B'irat Introduction Israel, the occupying power, has been constructing a wall on the Palestinian occupied territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, since 2001, with an allegation of protecting Israeli civilians from Palestinian violence attacks. The wall, however, is being constructed in violation of International Law. The construction of the wall on the Palestinian occupied territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, is violating International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and United Nations principles. Israel, therefore, has
By: Hiba B'irat Umm Al-Hiran and Atir are two of 36 Bedouin villages in Negev (Al-Naqab) unrecognized by Israel. Arab inhabitants of these communities hold the Israeli citizenship and were originally located in their current location by the orders of the Israeli commander after being expelled for many times since the Nakba of 1948. The two villages have recently received eviction orders after the Israeli High Court denied their petition against the demolition orders in 2015 arguing that the land
By: Hiba B'irat On the sixth of February 2017, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) passed the so called “Settlements Regularization” law with the final reading. The law, that was first discussed in the Knesset in 2016 and passed its first and second reading by the end of the same year, aims to impart a legal status on the Israeli illegal settlements built on Palestinian private lands in the West Bank. This article discusses the impact of the law on the occupied
By: Hiba Birat The USA newly inaugurated president, Donald Trump, has made generous promises to his Israeli allies during his campaign, with a promise of moving the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem on the top of those promises. The promise was made upon a bill presented by number of republican senators. Although Trump has shown reluctance in fulfilling his pledge to the Israeli side, it is essential to stress that this move is catastrophic on all levels. This article
On the 23rd of December 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on the Israeli settlements in Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem. Resolution “2334” which was originally presented by Egypt before withdrawing it under an American-Israeli pressure, was put forward again by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, and Venezuela. The resolution passed with 14 votes in favor and the abstention of the U.S.A. no Veto was used. Background Israeli settlements are Jewish civilian communities constructed on
By: Hiba Birat Between Soren Kierkegaard who once said “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use” and Benjamin Franklin who once said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” lies the most urgent debate now a days. While the past decade or so has witnessed the broadest development in social media forums which entitled the dissemination of thoughts and

UNESCO Resolution on Old City of Jerusalem

Posted by Rania Mustafa on December 20, 2016
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Legal Framing By: Hiba Birat On October 13, 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizaion (UNESCO), which is also considered the intellectual agency of the UN, passed a resolution on the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls. The resolution, discussed by the Excutive Board of the organization and originally drafted by number of Arab countries, passed the majority of states present and voting by 24 in favor, 6 against, 26 abstaining and 2 absentees. This articale sheds

Palestine Watch

Posted by Rania Mustafa on December 20, 2016
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The Palestinian cause is becoming increasingly more of a legal battle, especially on the international forum. This blog will supply Palestinian youth and activists with the basic required legal information regarding our cause. Instead of political or emotional debates, this blog will provide you with the fact to have a rational debate. We are tired of hearing of the many debates that are lost due to the lack of specific, accurate, updated and legal knowledge. This blog aims to educate

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