MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT 2006
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Israel PM backs Jewish 'nation-state' bill
November 16, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday gave his approval to a controversial bill that would make Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people. A ministerial debate is to occur on Sunday as well, during which the members will discuss whether the bill can codify Israel's definition as a J....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: no charges in Israeli flotilla raid
November 6, 2014
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis to continue the investigation of a 2010 raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on flotilla vessels headed for Gaza. While the prosecutor said that there was a "reasonable basis to belie....... [more]

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes during 2014 war in Gaza
November 6, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) accused Israel of committing war crimes during the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a 48-page report published on Wednesday, entitled "Families Under Rubble: Israeli Attacks on Inhabited Homes." In eight documented cases, the report alleges Israeli forces dropped aeria....... [more]

Israel parliament approves bill barring prisoner exchange
November 4, 2014
Israel's Knesset Plenum on Tuesday announced their approval of the second and third readings of Parole Bill (amendment no. 14). The bill, proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, will limit the power of the government to free prisoners as part of foreign relations prisoner swaps by allowing judges to label c....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Jerusalem passport case
November 3, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry the US Court of Appeals for the District of C....... [more]

Israel Cabinet approves law enabling easier conversions to Judaism
November 3, 2014
The Cabinet of Israel approved a new law Sunday enabling easier conversion to Judaism. Under the new law, the chief rabbi of each Israeli city would be able to form and lead a conversion court governed by rules to be promulgated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Prior to the newly passed conversio....... [more]

UN rights body urges Israel to investigate alleged war crimes
October 30, 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on Thursday urged Israel to investigate alleged violations committed by its forces during the recent wars in Gaza to ensure justice. Israel's latest attacks in the Gaza Strip, the third in only seven years, resulted in more than 2,100 deaths. Many of those hurt....... [more]

Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai Peninsula
October 26, 2014
Egypt on Saturday declared a three-month state of emergency in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula following a suicide bombing that killed at least 31 soldiers. The measures will begin at 3:00 GMT on Saturday, according to a statement by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. There will be....... [more]

HRW urges UN and donor countries to press Israel on Gaza blockade lift
October 12, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the UN and donating countries to press Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip. HRW claims that the restrictions are "disproportionate to security considerations" and "unnecessarily harm people's access to....... [more]

British parliament to hold vote on recognizing Palestine statehood
October 6, 2014
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy, it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by lawma....... [more]

UN rights expert: Gaza conflict having serious effect on children
September 30, 2014
An independent UN rights expert stated on Monday that there has not been a single child in the Gaza Strip area not affected by the ongoing conflict. Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has expressed concern over children sufferin....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Israel and Proportionality [CFR]

    Israel/Lebanon [Amnesty International]

    Middle East [UN]

    Common Article 3 [Geneva Conventions]

    Article 51 [UN Charter]

    Resolution 1559 [UN SC]

    UNIFIL

    Fourth Geneva Convention

    Protection of Civilians [UN OCHA]

    International Humanitarian Law [ICRC]

    Israel Prime Minister

    Israel MFA

    Israel Defense Forces

    Embassy of Israel [Washington]

    Lebanon Govt. Higher Relief Council

    Embassy of Lebanon [Washington]

    Hezbollah [CFR]

    Hezbollah [Aljazeera]

    Hezbollah [GlobalSecurity.org]

    Lebanon Emergency [UN OCHA]

    Kol Israel [international broadcaster]

    Israel Newspapers [WorldPress.org]

    Lebanon Newspapers [WorldPress.org]

    Al Manar-TV [Hezbollah]