Adalah's Newsletter Volume 12, April 2005


Volume 12, April 2005
Adalah to Attorney General (AG): Cancel Decision of Mahash to Close File on Police Brutality Complaint Filed by Arab Citizens in Galilee Village of Beineh Due to “Lack of Public Interest”
Adalah Appeals Water Commissioner’s Refusal to Provide Water Access for Hundreds of Arab Bedouin Citizens of Israel Living in Unrecognized Villages in the Naqab
Urgent Intervention on Behalf of MK Barakeh Demanding Criminal Investigation into Security Forces Personnel who Assaulted Anti-Wall Demonstrators
Feature – International Advocacy
UN CEDAW Poses 18 Questions to Israel Regarding Discrimination against Palestinian Women Citizens of Israel for Urgent Response

See also: Special Report about CEDAW on Adalah's Website
Articles on Collective Rights and the Constitution
Self-Determination as Non-Domination: Ideals Applied to Palestine/Israel
By Prof. Iris Marion Young, Dept. of Political Science, University of Chicago
On the Morality of Arab Collective Rights in Israel
By Dr. Amal Jamal, Senior Lecturer in Dept. of Political Science, Tel Aviv University
Collective Rights and Reconciliation in the Constitutional Process: The Case of Israel
By Hassan Jabareen, Advocate, General Director of Adalah
Social Rights
AG to Supreme Court (SCt): Depriving Car Owners and Users from Income Support Payments is Justified, Whatever their Reason for Using a Car
Land, Planning and Justice
Adalah to ILA: Cancel Criteria that Discriminate on Basis of Class and Nationality for Accepting Candidates to Agricultural and Community Towns
Organizational News
Adalah’s General Assembly at its Annual Meeting Approves the Basic Principles of Adalah’s “Charter of Human Rights” and Elects Organizational Committees

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Opening Remarks
Only 11% of the 1,356 complaints submitted to the Ministry of Justice’s Police Investigation Unit (Mahash) in 2004 resulted in indictments against police officers. After a violent police assault in February 2004, Arab citizens of Beineh village submitted complaints to Mahash, supported by affidavits, medical records and photographs documenting their injuries and the damage sustained to their property. Mahash recently closed all files against officers involved due to “lack of public interest.” This incident is not unique, but in fact the norm. Hence, not one indictment has been filed against police for the killings and shootings of October 2000. The Or Commission recommended that “the police must instill among its officers that they must not treat the Arab community as the enemy.” This change must begin with those bodies charged with holding police accountable to the law. However, Mahash’s policy conveys the message that police violence is of “no public interest.” Mahash’s unjustifiable failures to indict police officers demand a comprehensive investigation.
Adalah Attorney Marwan Dalal on New SCt Decision on “Leaping Conversions”
Study Day Invitation
The Experience of Legal Represent- ation of Palestinian Political Prisoners Keynote: Felicia Langer, 13.05.05
The Program in English
New Report
Human Rights Defenders on the Front Line
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