July 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Richard Falk called Wednesday on the international community to investigate the death of Palestinian Prisoner Arafat Jaradat. Jaradat died while in interrogations at an Israeli facility. Initially, Israel claimed ...[read more]
December 2, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Israeli government on Sunday unanimously rejected the recent UN General Assembly resolution upgrading Palestine's UN status to non-member observer state. In response to the UN action Israel passed its own domestic resolution that rejects the General Assembly's decision entirely and claims it ...[read more]
June 26, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 26, 2011, Israel issued a warning to international media sources, threatening both deportation and a 10 year ban from the country for any journalist caught on board any aid flotillas bound for the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip has been under a naval blockade since 2007, when Hamas, designated ...[read more]
June 19, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Wael Lafee, an LL.M. student at the Univeristy of Pittsburgh, is the author of the twelfth entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He explains Palestine's unique legal history and reviews how that history has impacted ...[read more]
April 19, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority that political organizations including the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization are immune from liability under the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1992 (TVPA). The petitioners, ...[read more]
January 25, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On January 25, 2006, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei resigned after the militant Hamas movement won a majority of parliamentary seats in the Authority's Palestinian Legislative Council elections. Hamas, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department, has ...[read more]
November 28, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On November 28, 2007, a military court established in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian militant group Hamas delivered its first ruling, sentencing three members of the rival political party Fatah to 18 months in prison and $280 in fines. The court also sentenced a fourth Fatah member to 18 months ...[read more]
September 11, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 11, 2005, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon voted to leave the Gaza Strip, the last formality in Israeli withdrawal from the region before handing over control to the Palestinian Authority (PA). This followed the government's initial adoption of the withdrawal plan ...[read more]

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