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Israeli legal system

  • In bid to expel Arab MK, Israel manages to break its own record

    MK Basel Ghattas will serve two years for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners. That's a longer sentence than the one handed down to an Elor Azaria, who executed an incapacitated Palestinian.  Congratulations are in order to the attorney general and the Knesset for the latest Arab they managed be put up on the cross. Palestinian MK Basel Ghattas (Balad), who was accused of smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners, agreed to sign a plea bargain according to which he will admit to committing an act that could lead either directly or indirectly to acts of terrorism, resign from the Knesset,…

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  • Amona's evacuation is no victory

    After over a decade of legal battles, the state was finally forced to evacuate the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona. But that does not mean we should start celebrating any time soon. I'll admit it: I feel a certain sense of satisfaction watching the evacuation of Amona, the illegal West Bank outpost built on what used to be Khalt al-Sultan. The attempt to force ourselves to empathize with the evacuees who lost their homes is both morally delusional and, in a sense, manipulates our collective conscience. [tmwinpost] The settlers of Amona did not lose their homes, rather they gave…

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  • Never enough evidence to convict 'price tag' attackers

    It’s hard to avoid the feeling that the police are incapable, even at their best, of obtaining convictions for Jews who burn Palestinian vehicles.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The deplorable murder of Ali Dawabshe led to a wave of far-reaching, anti-democratic proposals allegedly meant to augment the fight against hate crimes targeting Palestinians. As Yesh Din sees it, the problem lies somewhere else entirely: the quality of police work. The final week of July — which began with a stunning acquittal and ended with a terrible tragedy — provided us with a good example. At the end of July, a…

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  • In Israel's military court, one's fate is sealed long before trial

    For the vast majority of Palestinians in Israel’s military courts, keeping defendants in prison until the end of legal proceedings is the rule, not the exception. By Yael Stein A visit to Israel’s military court at Ofer Prison can be confusing. A sense of injustice pervades the place, but it is sometimes hard to put the finger on it precisely. This is because, for all intents and purposes, the Israeli military court appears to be a court like any other. There are prosecutors and defense attorneys. There are rules of procedure, laws and regulations. There are judges who hand down…

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  • WATCH: 'Separate and unequal' - Interview on Israel's legal system

    I recently sat down for an interview with activist and filmmaker David Sheen, as part of a larger project he is working on. We discussed Israel's legal system and the distortions inherent in it, and the possible avenues for change in Palestine and Israel. I provide a breakdown of the structure of citizenship in Israel and the different sectors of the population under Israeli control and how the law applies to them.  It's a system in which there is no single rule of law and in which discrimination and injustice are part and parcel of the legal structure.

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