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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...

Palestinian Authority Settles Rhode Island Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) The Palestinian Authority has settled a federal lawsuit in Rhode Island over the shooting deaths 15 years ago of a couple returning home from a wedding in Israel, according to court papers filed Monday. The documents don't reveal the terms of the settlement, and it's unclear...

Israeli Officer Testifies In U.S. Activist Lawsuit

HAIFA, Israel - (AP) An Israeli military commander testifying Sunday in a civil lawsuit over the death of American activist in the Gaza Strip eight years ago said the young woman and other activists ignored army warnings to move before she was crushed by an armored bulldozer. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia...

High Court To Hear U.S. Passport Dispute Over Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an appeal from an American born in Jerusalem over whether he can have Israel listed as his birthplace on his passport even though U.S. policy does not recognize the once-divided city as belonging to Israel. The court is stepping into. ....

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...

Austrian Jews Say They Have Sued Israeli Archive

VIENNA - (AP) Austria's Jewish community says it's taking an Israeli archive to court to force it to return a trove of historical documents. President Ariel Muzicant says the Vienna-based group filed a lawsuit in an Israeli court about three weeks ago to recuperate materials it loaned the Central...

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...

Israel Heating Up in PIPEs

The October 4 PIPEs Report lets us know that tiny Israel is becoming more and more popular for PIPE investors that have turned their attention away from China. The PR reports that at least 12 companies from Israel raised $147.45 million from PIPEs this year. One hedge fund investor states that...

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...

State Department Creates Turmoil Over Acquired Citizenship

"The U.S. State Department is withholding American citizenship from the children of American parents who were born abroad and never lived in the States, according to an American-Israeli immigration lawyer currently fighting dozens of such cases. Until 2007, the children of two U.S. citizen...

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...

Pub. L. No. 112-130: E Visas for Israelis

"NONIMMIGRANT TRADERS AND INVESTORS FROM ISRAEL. Israel shall be deemed to be a foreign state described in section 101(a)(15)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)) for purposes of clauses (i) and (ii) of such section if the Government of Israel provides similar nonimmigrant...

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...

Facilitating Startup Growth: Overview of Israel's OSC funding

If you are reading this post, then you probably share my belief that one of the best things our government can do to spur economic and job growth is to support the startup community. In recent years, government entities ranging from state (See Maryland's proposed tax credit to support investment...

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...

Supreme Court Decides Passport Case re Jerusalem: Zivotofsky v. Kerry

"The statement in question here is a congressional mandate that allows a United States citizen born in Jerusalem to direct the President and Secretary of State, when issuing his passport, to state that his place of birth is “Israel.” ... In holding §214(d) invalid the Court does...