Israeli FM warns Palestinians not to declare state

JERUSALEM - (AP) Israel's hard-line foreign minister warned Palestinians on Tuesday against plans to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements. The remarks by Avigdor Lieberman took aim at...

IAEA chief focuses on Israel

VIENNA - (AP) The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog is asking for international input on an Arab-led push to have Israel join the Nonproliferation Treaty, in a move that adds to pressure on the Jewish state to disclose its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal. Israel, in turn, is suggesting efforts should...

Israel trying to limit diplomatic damage from raid

JERUSALEM - (AP) In an attempt to limit the diplomatic damage from its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Israel dropped plans Wednesday to prosecute dozens of pro-Palestinian activists, opting instead to deport them all immediately. The stunning reversal came as Israel faced increasingly sharp...

France urges Israel to accept probe into raid

PARIS (AP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office says he has urged Israel's prime minister to accept an international inquiry into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Sarkozy and Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone Sunday. A statement from Sarkozy's office says he...

UN chief moving ahead with probe of Israeli raid

JERUSALEM - (AP) An Israeli official said Sunday that U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is moving ahead with plans for an international commission to investigate Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Ban wants former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, a maritime law expert, to...

Turkey seeks to condemn Israel in security summit

ISTANBUL - (AP) A summit for a 20-member security group for the Asian region kicked off Monday in Istanbul with Turkey seeking to condemn Israel for a raid that killed nine Turks on a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla that had attempted to break the blockade on Gaza. Turkey, the most important...

EU presses Israel to lift Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM - (AP) The European Union pressed Israel Monday to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it "unacceptable" while the Israeli Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism. EU members met in Luxembourg...

Israel: UN to take seized flotilla goods to Gaza

JERUSALEM - (AP) The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said Tuesday. Richard Miron, a spokesman for the U.N. Mideast envoy, confirmed the deal. The military said...

Gaza Mall sparks debate over Israeli blockade

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - (AP) Palestinians in this blockaded territory can now buy $80 bottles of perfume, Turkish-made suits and Israeli yogurt at the new Gaza Mall. But with only two floors of shops connected by a broken elevator and a staircase, Gaza's first shopping center is a far cry from the...

Tax Benefits for New Immigrants and Expatriates Returning to Israel: Israel as a New International Business Center

by Alon Kaplan, Lyat Eyal and Susanna von Bassewitz Excerpt: The recent economic crisis left many countries with an immense "hole" in their treasury. Many states were looking for ways to fill their economic gaps and many increased their pressure on low tax jurisdictions. The Organisation...

Middle Eastern Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis Middle Eastern Law Toolbox, our bazaar which highlights legal content of particular Middle Eastern nations in our database. New to working in the region? Our Guide to International Legal Research chapter on the Middle East may help you get oriented! In addition to the...

Methodology and Innovation in Mixed Legal Systems

WSMJJ Conference Announcement Who: Third International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists What: Methodology and Innovation in Mixed Legal Systems When: 20-23 June 2011 Where: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Co-Sponsored by: The Hebrew University...

D.C. District Court Refuses To Grant Plaintiff Default Judgment Against Iran, Finding Israeli Law Governed Dispute

By Louis M. Solomon In Estate of Yael Botvin v. Islamic Republic of Iran , et al., Civil Action No. 05-0220 (D.D.C. March 2011), [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] plaintiff is the estate of an Israeli domiciliary killed in a 1997 terrorist attack in...

Palestinian Spouses, Israel, and Human Rights

In 1949, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson warned about turning the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights into a national "suicide pact." On similar grounds, the Israeli Supreme Court earlier this month rejected a challenge to the 2003 "temporary" Citizenship...

Israel top court takes Palestinian detainee appeal

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's Supreme Court has brought forward a hearing this week on the appeal of a Palestinian prisoner waging an unprecedented two-month hunger strike, court officials and his lawyers said Monday. A statement from the Supreme Court said Khader Adnan's appeal will be Full...

Israeli charged with trafficking African migrants

JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli man has been charged with participation in a human trafficking ring that captured and tortured African migrants in Egypt's neighboring Sinai desert, according to an indictment released Sunday. The indictment said the accused a Bedouin from Full version (available...

Middle East Christians, Human Rights and Dhimmitude

The Christian population has been plummeting across the Middle East in recent years. The primary cause of the decline is radical Islamic persecution of non-Muslims, from church burnings to outright murder simply for the "crime" of being Christian. Approximately 150,000 Christians are...

Israel offers cash to African migrants to leave

JERUSALEM (AP) - African migrants who entered Israel illegally will be given cash incentives if they leave on their own soon, or they will face expulsion, the Interior Ministry said Friday. A tent city is being built to hold other migrants, the vast majority, who can Full version (available to lexis...

Activists: Israel stopping Palestinians from suing

JERUSALEM (AP) - Human rights lawyers say Israel's Justice Ministry is making it tough for Palestinians and migrants to file suit in an Israeli court. Under an amended regulation taking effect Sept. 1, petitioners must include their Israeli identification number or a Full version (available...

Manslaughter charge dropped in Gaza war case

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military prosecutor dropped a manslaughter charge against a soldier initially suspected of killing a Palestinian woman and her daughter during Israel's war against Gaza militants nearly four years ago, a defense attorney said Sunday. The former infantry sergeant...

Palestinian Statehood under International Law

Palestinian Statehood under International Law An Analysis and Discussion by John M. B. Balouziyeh, Esq. 1. Introduction General Assembly Resolution A/67/L.28 on the Status of Palestine at the United Nations was adopted on November 29, 2012 by a vote of 138 in favor to nine against and forty...

Israël, la Palestine et la Cour pénale internationale

Israël, la Palestine et la Cour pénale internationale Par John M. B. Balouziyeh, Esq. 1. Introduction Avec la résolution A/67/L.28 à propos du statut de la Palestine à l'Organisation des Nations Unies (O.N.U.) qui été adoptée à...