Adalah's Newsletter Volume 19, October 2005


Volume 19, October 2005
Supreme Court Bans Israeli Military from Using Palestinians as Human Shields, Accepting Petition Filed by Adalah on Behalf of Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Orgs
Adalah to District Court: Haifa University Discriminates against Arab Students in Allocating Students’ Accommodation Using Military Service Criterion
Bilin: A Test Case for Immunity - The Culture of Violence and Deception among the Israeli “Security Forces”
Gaby Lasky, Advocate, Legal Advisor to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
Ideological Legislation in the Name of "Security"
Abeer Baker, Advocate, Adalah
Education Rights
Haifa District Court Orders Regional Council to Resume Transportation for 150 Arab Bedouin Students from Villages in the North to their Schools
Land, Planning and Justice
Following Adalah’s Petition to Supreme Court: Military Service Criterion for Leasing Land in Arab Bedouin Towns in the Naqab is Cancelled
Adalah and the Coalition for the Advancement of Planning in Halisa Submit Recommendations to Haifa Municipal Council for Neighborhood’s Future Development
Criminal Justice
Adalah Demands Annulment of Discriminatory Bill Imposing Harsher Investigation, Interrogation and Detention Procedures on Palestinian Detainees
Adalah to Director of Courts Administration: Holding Hearings in Shata Prison Infringes Principles of Openness of Hearings and Separation of Powers

  Adalah and the Israel Bar:
“Constitutional Rights in Criminal Proceedings,” starts 18.11.05 (Hebrew and Arabic)
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Opening Remarks
The Supreme Court (SCt) ruled that the order allowing the Israeli army to use Palestinian civilians as human shields is illegal, violating international humanitarian law. During the SCt hearings, we submitted much unchallenged evidence proving that this order resulted in Nidal Abu Mohsen’s killing and seriously endangered the lives of many Palestinians. What, then, is the legal responsibility of those who executed this illegal order? Despite the SCt’s decision, the law enforcement authorities’ policy toward the soldiers and their commanders in the OPTs is to grant them impunity. Similarly, despite the SCt’s ruling prohibiting torture, no GSS agents who killed or caused physical or psychological injury were indicted. The sole legal remedy open to Palestinians was tort lawsuits for compensation. However, this remedy was also recently closed by a new amendment to the Civil Wrongs Law. The policy of impunity also explains the rationale behind Mahash’s report, which contradicts the Or Commission’s conclusions.
Attorney Jamil Dakwar, ACLU, on criminal respons- ibility under international law
Dr. Marwan Dwairy, Adalah Chairman: “October 2000: Defined Goals and New Mechanisms.”
The Oak Human Rights Fellowship
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