+972 speaks with Michael Sfard, human rights attorney and legal counsel and co-founder of Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, about litigating key human rights cases, past and pending, and the ‘mighty price to be paid’ when advocating Palestinian rights from within the Israeli legal system. With Palestinians and Israelis expected to restart negotiations in the coming days, most people are talking about the peace talks’ chances of success or failure and the details of what topics are on the table. Sitting in front of a small legal library in his Bauhaus Tel Aviv law office, Attorney Michael Sfard…Read More... | 4 Comments
Israel's High Court of Justice will hear a petition demanding simply that an investigation into the wounding of a foreign citizen also investigate the real suspects. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On March 13, 2009, Tristan Anderson was standing in the forecourt of the mosque in the village of Ni'lin. Anderson, an American citizen, came to Ni'lin to document the weekly protests there. The demonstration was winding down, and the Border Police were conducting their usual chase after stone throwers on a nearby hill, nicknamed "Antenna Hill." Without any warning, a tear gas canister smashed into Anderson's brow.…Read More... | 3 Comments
New flaws are starting to come out in the case of American peace activist Rachel Corrie’s death in Gaza in 2003. Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while non-violently standing in front a Palestinian house slated for demolition in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafeh. Today, the state is providing testimony in a civil suit started by Corrie’s parents. According to the press relase from the Rachel Corrie Foundation: The first state witness, a Military Police investigator known to the court as Oded, was part of a three-person team that investigated Rachel’s killing. Oded corroborated much of the testimony provided…Read More... | 1 Comment
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