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Tala, a 3rd year English student at Birzeit University in the West Bank, recently wrote an essay about the experience of studying and learning under a military occupation which directs attacks...
An initial examination of Mahash’s report, undertaken prior to having the chance to study the investigation materials themselves, reveals that there is nothing in Mahash’s explanations to...
During the five years which have passed since our sons were murdered, the law-enforcement authorities have not fulfilled their duty under the law. Five years have elapsed and yet the murderers –...
The great importance of the principle ICJ Advisory Opinion on the illegality of the Wall lies not only in its affirmation of the ‘Palestinian side,’ but also in its reinforcement of the crucial...
If the government of Israel were sincerely concerned about racist attacks on its Arab citizens, it would not only disengage from Gaza, but also from discrimination.
On 9 July 2004, one year ago, legal history was made as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its Advisory Opinion on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall in the...
9 days before the publication of the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT),...
The citizenship of Arabs in Israel is so distorted that it can surely be called “de facto Class B citizenship,” although no law determines it as such. However, the tempest expected in the...
The idea that victims could be active and independent participants in criminal proceedings, permitted to address their views directly to the judges, is inconceivable. Such a role for victims is one...
“You, the Israeli Arabs, do not have rights,” he said. “We, the Jews, have obligations towards you.” Such a worldview, I argue, is not an idiosyncratic one. Despite the recent...
The exclusion of indigenous persons from official statistics is a common practice of colonial regimes, in which the indigenous person is absent, does not appear, and thus does not exist. There are...
Establishing an official language in a multi-language state is a complex and extremely important task. Setting a language policy in deeply-divided societies has a long-term influence on the...
When taking measures to secure the long term viability of a language, to what extent does the end justify the means? At what point do restrictions on the use of other languages cross the line...
In a pharmacy on Jaffa Street, an elderly man named Fakhri Jedai spoke of his family’s home that was built one hundred and fifty years ago, his father’s pharmacy which became a meeting ground...
Keynote speech from 2005 study day on "The Experience of Legal Representation of Palestinian Prisoners."
The contemporary interest in power sharing as the underlying principle for the organisation of the state has arisen because of the belief that power sharing is particularly suited to the peaceful...
Veto rights have been described as the "ultimate weapon" available to minorities in a power sharing system within an ethnically divided society.2 On the one hand, veto rights over laws or decisions...
Few political commentators today think that every distinct people can and should have a sovereign state exclusively its own. Yet writings on the self-determination of peoples for the most part...
Palestinian Arab citizens of the state of Israel are increasingly demanding collective rights, besides their traditional struggle for equal individual citizenship rights. Several Palestinian...
The principle of exclusion inherent in the Declaration of Independence had a major effect on provisions of the Constitution by Consensus. It follows logically, therefore, that its provisions...