Adalah's Newsletter Volume 23, March 2006


Volume 23, March 2006
In Landmark Decision, Supreme Court (SCt.) Cancels Long Standing Governmental
Socio-Economic Plan as it Discriminates against Arab Citizens of Israel
Central Elections Committee Rejects Attempts to Disqualify Leader of United Arab List from Upcoming Israeli Elections
SCt. Upholds Ban on Israeli Army’s Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields and Rejects State’s Motion to Rehear Case
Articles: Land Rights
A Proposal for Suitable Representation of the Arab Minority in Israel’s National Planning System
Hana Hamdan, Adalah Urban and Regional Planner and
Dr. Yosef Jabareen, Lecturer, MIT, USA
The Right of Arab Bedouin Women to Adequate Housing and Accommodation
Sawsan Zaher, Advocate, Adalah
Prisoners’ Rights
Adalah to Israel Prison Service: Stop Flagrant Violations of Prisoners’ Rights during Transportation in Prison Vehicles
Adalah Demands Cancellation of Illegal Decision Banning Arab Lawyer from Entering all Prisons in Israel
Land Rights
Adalah Submits Position Paper to Knesset Committee Proposing Principles for Planning Justice for Arab Citizens
International Advocacy
Adalah's Interventions before the UN Commission on Human Rights, 62nd Session, March-April 2006

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Opening Remarks
The Rubenstein Committee, composed of senior legal academics, recommended that the government initiate legislation to limit family unification of Israeli citizens with their spouses who are from “enemy areas,” meaning the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These recommendations seek to infringe the family rights of Arab citizens of Israel based on the national belonging of their spouses. The Committee’s members are aware that these recommendations contradict the notion of equality espoused by the philosophers whose works they teach to their students in law schools. This notion mandates that all legitimate citizens’ interests must be treated with equal concern and worth. No democratic state has ever adopted such recommendations. Even the South African Court in 1980 during the apartheid regime refused to apply similar regulations, stating that, “Apartheid has never intended to violate family rights.” The Interior Minister nominated the Committee’s members for their academic seniority. Thus, the legal academia is the source of legitimacy for the government. Does this fact oblige law professors with academic integrity to organize, mobilize and voice resistance to these recommendations?
Int’l Women’s Day
8 March 2006: Women in
New Publication
To order Makan, Adalah’s Journal for Land, Planning and Justice, Vol. 1 – The Right to the City

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