Adalah's Newsletter Volume 31, December 2006


Volume 31, December 2006
Supreme Court Cancels Racist Law, Ruling that Palestinians Harmed by Israeli Military in the OPTs are Eligible for Compensation from Israel
Supreme Court: Huge Financial Support from State to Former Soldiers for Home Mortgages does not Discriminate against Arab Citizens
Haifa Magistrate Court Dismisses Indictments against 41 Parents of Children who Study at the “Hewar” School
Haifa University Panel: Ten Years of Adalah, Part I
Identities, Jurisprudence and Politics:
Interim Appraisal and Words for the Future

Dr. Ilan Saban, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
On Identities, Jurisprudence and Politics
Prof. Ramzi Suleiman, Department of Psychology, University of Haifa
The lectures of Prof. Ruth Gavison and Attorney Hassan Jabareen will be published in Part II, in the coming volume.
Conference Invitation
Security Prisoners or Political Prisoners?
Adalah & Minerva, Faculty of Law,
Tel Aviv University, 8 January 2007
Economic and Social Rights
Supreme Court Compels Minister of Finance to Explain Reasons for Excluding Businesses in Four Arab Villages from Full Compensation Awarded for War Damages
Right of Association
Adalah to Minister of Defense: Rescind Order Declaring Ansar Al-Sajeen (The Prisoners’ Friends Association) an Illegal Organization
Land, Planning and Justice
Adalah and Arab Center for Alternative Planning Submit Position Paper to Knesset Interior Committee on Land and Housing Shortages in Arab Towns and Villages in Israel
State Prosecutor’s Office Orders Criminal Investigation into Ultra-Orthodox Magazine Publication of Virulently Racist Article against Arabs

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Opening Remarks
This month, the Supreme Court (SCt) cancelled a racist law which denied Palestinians from the OPTs who were harmed by the Israeli military the right to file claims for damages to the Israeli courts. Two days later, the same SCt upheld Israel’s policy of “targeted assassinations” of Palestinian activists. The first ruling can be read as belonging to civil tort law, making it easier for the SCt to accept the petition. The second ruling, however, relates directly to Israel’s military policies and operations in the OPTs. In this case the SCt’s ruling is consistent with its prior decisions, such as in cases involving extensive home demolitions. The praise by the army and its commanders for the second ruling was not inadvertent: no other court in the world has justified a policy of extra-judicial assassinations. In no other state is the assassination of political activists an official, public and acknowledged policy. The SCt previously issued two significant rulings against the Israeli security forces’ policies and operations: it banned torture and prohibited the use of Palestinian civilians as “human shields”. But these were rare exceptions to the rule. Thus, in light of the assassinations ruling, it seems that this is an apt time to work together with international lawyers to bring cases of war crimes in the OPTs to third-party national courts.
Future Vision
The National Committee for the Arab Mayors: The Future Vision of the Arabs in Israel
Book Review
Ozlem Altan Reviews Makan, Adalah’s Journal for Land Planning and Justice, Vol. 1, in the Arab Studies Journal
New HRA/CAR Report
Suspected Citizens: Racial Profiling against Arab Passengers by Israeli Airports and Airlines

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