Though the days of the 2009 “moratorium” on building in the West Bank seem like a distant memory, a review of the High Court’s judgment on the moratorium order provides for an examinat
One day in January of 2007, Abir Aramin from ‘Anata, left school during recess to buy a sweet. She was killed, most likely by a rubber-coated metal bullet shot by a Border Police officer. She was only ten years old. Unfortunately, the stress in the previous sentence is on the phrase “most likely”, which we are forced to add for the sake of caution, and because the incident never made it to court.
In 2011, the High Court of Justice (HCJ) issued a judgment in this case, which involves the right to education and equality in education for the children of East Jerusalem. It was issued after about a decade of deliberations. This commentary briefly addresses the results of this judgment, in the context of a previous case in which the HCJ intervened in order to uphold the right to education of the children of Poriya Illit, an Israeli community near Tiberias.
Dispossession can be done in many different ways. It is often no simple task to uncover these different methods, which are sometimes hidden between the lines of military orders or regulations and legal casuistry. Sometimes, however, dispossession is so obvious that there is no need to uncover it. On even rarer occasions, the entire process is “attended” by the court, which has the power to either prevent or enable it.
The subject of these petitions is the Attorney General’s procedure for handling complaints made by detainees regarding torture and ill-treatment during their interrogations by agents of the Israel Security Agency (ISA, formerly also known as the Shin Beit, or General Security Services, the GSS). About 600 complaints of this kind have been filed in the past decade and all of them, to the very last one, were filed away without a single criminal investigation having been ordered.
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