Adalah's Newsletter Volume 40, September 2007


Volume 40, September 2007
  Selection Committees
Supreme Court (S.Ct.) Petition to Cancel Selection Committees in Community Towns: The Work of these Committees Contradicts Citizens’ Rights to Choose their Place of Residence
  Jewish National Fund
S.Ct. Approves JNF and State's Proposal: All Citizens May Bid on JNF Lands for Three Months but if "Non-Jewish" Citizens Win, the State will Compensate the JNF with Alternative Land
  10 Years of Adalah
An interview with former Adalah Attorney Jamil Dakwar, who currently works as the Advocacy Director and head of the Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union in New York
Adalah’s Law Student Conference  
“Legal Strategies in Preparing Cases before the Courts”
* Photographs from the Conference * The Conference Program
* Article from Kol al-Arab
The Occupied Palestinian Territory
Human Rights Organizations Demand that the Minister of Justice Withdraw Proposed Amendment to Compensation Law
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Governmental Decision to Cut Electricity and Fuel Supplies to Gaza Contradicts International Humanitarian Law
Adalah’s Litigation Docket
Cases Pending as of September 2007
Arab Youth and Civic Service
The Association for Arab Youth – "Baladna" and the "Coalition of Youth against Civic Service" Launch Campaign against Proposed New Civic Service Requirement

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Opening Remarks
October 2000 & Colonial Law
2007 marks the seventh anniversary of the October 2000 events. As is well known, no indictments have yet been filed against those responsible for the shooting and killing of thirteen young Arab men. The Or Commission decided that the shooting and killing of Israeli citizens was illegal and unwarranted. However, some of the police officers implicated in these crimes are still serving in the police force, and others were promoted in the civil service. It is significant that the Attorney General (AG) filed indictments without delay regarding October 2000 only against Arab citizens: against citizens from Jisr al-Zarqa in the case of the killing of a Jewish citizen; against a father from Sakhnin who attacked a police officer involved in the killing of his son; against the brother of one of the dead youths from Nazareth who said in anger immediately after the issuance of the Or Commission’s recommendations that, “I will kill the police officer who killed my brother”; and against hundreds of young Arab men who demonstrated in October 2000. In the coming weeks, the AG will issue his final recommendations regarding the report of “Mahash” (the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigations Unit) issued in 2005 which found that no indictments should be filed. We do not anticipate these new recommendations to be fair, as someone who has taken no action against the criminals for seven years will take pains to justify his own shortcomings and those of the law enforcement apparatus. Colonial law is characterized essentially by the existence of two law enforcement systems, which articulate domination of the native inhabitants and their low civil status. In the context of October 2000, the rule of Israeli law provides a clear example of colonial law.

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