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While Prawer is Frozen...
When news spread last December that Minister Benny Begin had recommended, and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had accepted, to halt the legislative process of the Prawer-Begin bill, neither the Palestinian community, nor their advocates and allies could contain their overwhelming relief, pride, and elation. Though there was no illusion that the freeze would reverse the Israeli government’s overall displacement policy in the Naqab (Negev), stalling the legislation was and remains a tremendous achievement.
Last Update: 15/05/2014
Two years since Prawer…What’s next?
11 September 2013 marks two years since the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan. The plan intends to uproot tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel from their villages, to demolish their homes, and to confiscate an overwhelming majority of their lands. The government proposed this plan as a legislative bill, which has already passed its first reading in the Knesset in June 2013.
Last Update: 11/09/2013
The Investigation Mechanism of Torture Claims in Israel: An Analysis of the 2012 GSS Investigation Decision and the Türkel Report
In its landmark 1999 ruling on torture, the Israeli Supreme Court outlawed certain inhumane and degrading methods of interrogations of Palestinian security suspects. Yet, 14 years later, the practice of torture continues unabated.
Last Update: 26/06/2013
The Criminal Procedure Law and the Absent ‘Security Suspect’: More Time to Interrogate and Torture
The Criminal Procedures (Detainees Suspected of Security Offenses) Law, originally legislated as a temporary order valid for just 18 month has been extended for nine years (from 2006 and until its planned expiration in 2015). The harmful and dangerous norms set forth in the law for the detention of individuals suspected of security offenses were, and will remain, a stain that cannot be expunged.
Last Update: 26/06/2013
Briefing Paper on Recent Developments on Palestinian Prisoners held in Israeli Prisons
Briefing for the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories. Statistics on Palestinian political prisoners being held by Israel; Information on prison and detention conditions, including torture and cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment (CIDT); New legislation; Recent Supreme Court decisions
Last Update: 23/06/2013
What is Behind the Non-Recognition of the Bedouin Villages?
The government of Israel is planning to invest roughly eight billion shekels in the relocation of approximately 40,000 rural Bedouin to overcrowded unemployment-stricken towns. Behind this plan stands the aim of Judaizing the Naqab. The objective is not the settlement of Jews alongside the Bedouin but instead of the Bedouin, and at the expense of their living space.
Last Update: 30/05/2013
Update: Prawer-Begin Bill and the Forced Displacement of the Bedouin
An overview of the latest developments regarding the Prawer-Begin Bill, which if enacted into law and implemented, would lead to the eviction and destruction of most of the remaining unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of Israel.
Last Update: 30/05/2013
Obstacles for Palestinians in Seeking Civil Remedies for Damages before Israeli Courts
Palestinian victims of the Israeli army have filed tort lawsuits against the State of Israel to demand compensation for damages they sustained. The right to compensation is a constitutional right that is derived from the individual’s right to protection of his life, physical integrity and property. However, Israel actively seeks to evade responsibility for compensating the victims
Last Update: 30/05/2013
When there are no more sick Jews, there's time to treat sick Arabs
If and when the daily bottleneck of patients subsides at the health clinic in the Jewish Naqab (Negev) town of Mitzpe Ramon, and if it is a Thursday or Friday, the doctors drive out to the court-mandated clinic in the unrecognized Bedouin village of ‘Abda.
Last Update: 30/05/2013
Briefing Paper on The Turkel Report – Part II
On 6 February 2013, the second part of the Turkel Commission’s Report was published. It addressed the question of the compatibility of “Israel’s mechanisms for examining and investigating complaints and claims of violations of the laws of armed conflict” with its obligations under international law.
Last Update: 30/05/2013
“Intent to regularise”: The Israeli Supreme Court and the Normalisation of Emergency
One of the first cases brought before Israel’s Supreme Court in 1948 involved a challenge to the validity of the 1945 British Mandate Defence (Emergency) Regulations in the legal order of the nascent Israeli state... The outcome notwithstanding, a clear assumption that the government would annul the regulations in due course pervaded the judgment.
Last Update: 29/05/2013
Turkel Report’s Standards for Investigating War Crimes and Other Breaches of International Law
While finding that Israel’s investigative mechanisms comply with international law, the Turkel Report provides extensive “grounds for amending the examination and investigation mechanisms”, “grounds for changing the accepted policy” in several areas, and the need to formalize accepted practices – but only as a “blueprint for optimal improvement”, and not as the identification of “essential flaws”.
Last Update: 29/05/2013
Water in the Naqab (Negev): Source of Life, Tool of Expulsion
The government is using a range of discriminatory policies to compel the people of the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab to abandon their land, including by violating their fundamental human right to water.
Last Update: 28/02/2013
Deciding not to Decide
The Israeli Supreme Court’s new policy has already spared the justices from making several difficult decisions this year
Last Update: 28/02/2013
Observations on the Israeli Knesset Elections
Low turnout was due in large part to a general sense that Arab MKs lack the power to withstand the discriminatory laws in the Knesset
Last Update: 31/01/2013
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