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IAJLJ Newsletter, August 2016      English      French     Spanish

* Labeling

The Association sent letters to the 28 members of the European Union, with the assistance of our members in those countries, asking that these EU countries not confirm or adopt labeling of goods produced in the settlements, basing the request on the argument that such labeling contradicts paragraphs in the WTO agreement.click to see file and appendix [this is one example out of 28]

* Palestinian Bar Association.

The Association wrote to the EU Ambassador to Israel bringing to his attention that the PBA, which is financially supported by the EU, awarded an honorary law degree to the terrorist who killed two Jews in Israel towards the beginning of the current wave of terrorism. click to see letter

* Request to the President of the Human Rights Council.

The Association wrote to the president of the Human Rights Council that its reports summarizing violence in the Palestinian Authority did not condemn the current wave of terrorism and demonstrated bias against Israel by showing only the Palestinian point of view in this matter. click to see letter.

* A  letter to the president of the HRC was sent due to the controversial speech of Mahmud Abbas.

In June the Association requested that ECOSOC not admit the Palestinian Return Center as a UN-accredited NGO.  Our request, like others, did not achieve its goal.

On January 18, 2016 and on May 25, 2016, the IAJLJ sent letters to the UN Secretary-General on Iran’s latest Holocaust denial cartoon contest.

On May 16, 2016, the IAJLJ wrote to Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe regarding the debate held at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in April on the issue of anti-Semitism.  On August 8, we received this reply from the Secretary General.

A Brazilian court upheld the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro’s injunction to prevent the sale of Mein Kampf an set at 5,000 Reais (about 1,600 USD) fine for each breach of its decision.

IAJLJ member Marc Levy published A Note on “Interpretative Statement concerning the indication of the origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967” in the European Union Official Journal on 12.11.2015.

On November 23rd The Association had a one day seminar in Austria themed: Opening A Dialogue:

Combating Antisemitism Through Legal Means in association with the Ministry of Justice in Austria.

Last week, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Abbas, appeared before the Human Rights Council (October 28).

To see the full speech, log on to: http://webtv.un.org/watch/palestine-special-meeting-of-the-human-rights-council-28.10.2015/4584216179001 .

The IAJLJ sent a letter to the president of the Council addressing this speech and the matters, we believe, were missing in it.

 

The United Nations employs two organizations to help refugees. One organization helps refugees settle in their host countries, while the other keeps them in limbo for generations. Watch this video to see how this contradiction developed and how we can help Palestinians escape decades of poverty in refugee camps. See: www.youtube.com/watch

 

The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, as an accredited UN NGO and in continuation of its cooperation with the Commission of Inquiry, took part in the Human Rights Council session in Geneva on the Commission’ Report on the 2014 Gaza conflict and on the Council’s debate on its Agenda Item 7.

In light of the numerous slanderous statements against Israel made by numerous UN member states and NGOs, the Association’s president, Adv. Irit Kohn, set aside her prepared remarks which challenged the Commission of Inquiry’s factual and legal conclusions and commented on these statements instead.

Adv. Kohn and the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Adv. Ronit Gidron-Zemach, met with representatives from nine diplomatic missions to the UN in order to clarify Israel’s position regarding Operation Protective Edge in light of the distorted accusation made during the session.

Below are links to the Human Rights Council session on the Commission’s report – Adv. Kohn’s complete statement is Statement 50 and begins at 2:05:32 and to Israel’s Channel 2 segment (in Hebrew) on the session.

http://m.webtv.un.org/watch/item7-general-debate-34th-meeting-29th-regular-session-of-human-rights-council/4328108187001

http://www.mako.co.il/news-channel2/Channel-2-Newscast-q2_2015/Article-84172aaf2504e41004.htm

 

IAJLJ’s statments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva – March 2015, 28th session

Item 7 – GD

Item 7 -SR

Item 9

 

IAJLJ’s objection to The Palestinian Attempt to Grant the ICC Jurisdiction – Februaty 2015

 

Letter from Sarah Biser to Irit Kohn regarding International Holocaust Day, January 27, 2016

 

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Schabas Committee Project – January 14, 2015

The association arranged for a delegation of a few people from the South in order to appear before the three commissioners of the Committee that was established in order to investigate the 2014 Gaza Conflict , despite the fact that the State of Israel chose not to cooperate with this commission.

The planning of the project, its executing and more information, appears in the articles below.

Please follow further publication of the IAJLJ with this regard.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israelis-testify-in-Geneva-before-Schabas-commission-388178

http://m.maariv.co.il/HomePage/FrontPage/Article.aspx?id=459870

http://news.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1103813&TypeID=0&sid=126

http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/1.2539448

 

IAJLJ addresses the International Criminal Court – January 2015

IAJLJ sends an urgent letter concerning the surprising death of Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman – January 2015

IAJLJ sends its urgent request to the Southhampton University in the UK asking to abolish the scheduled conference that will deal with Israel’s legitimacy to exist. IAJLJ letter and University’sresponse

The IAJLJ appealed to the New Ziland radio station to cease it’s Anti-semitic program in which blunt Anti-semitic phrases were used and the broadcast itself was against Jews and full of shameful and hatred statements

At the annual meeting of the World Jewish Congress, where the IAJLJ took part as an affiliated organization, the following resolution concerning the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict was adopted. Click to resolution.

Human Right Council – 27th Session- IAJLJ Statements

Item 7 – General Debate: The newly established CoI for the Gaza conflict functions under an unclear and ambiguous mandate, that does not name Hamas explicitly, and fails to refer to its responsibility and obligations under international law.

Item 9 – General Debate: the IAJLJ expresses its deep concern regarding the increase of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe.

Two important letters were sent today, September 11, to the Scottish Cabinet and Home Secretary in England concerning the number of antisemitic incidents that have occurred in Britain this summer and in particular during Operation Protective Edge, including the level of antisemitic hatred we see on online through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

To see the responses the IAJLJ recieved – click here: part 1, 2,3

In May 2014, two judges of the Argentinean No. 1 Federal Court of Appeals on Criminal Cases upheld a petition filed by Jewish Argentinean organizations – Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) and Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA) – ruling that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Argentina and Iran in January 2013 concerning the establishment of a “Truth Commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, contravened the Argentinean Constitution. See IAJLJ’s summery – By Claudia Caputi from Argentina

URGENT address to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General to the UN; IAJLJ requests an urgent inquiry into the activities of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip due to the recent discoveries

IAJLJ addressed delegants to the Human Rights Council concerning the current situation in Iraq and the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against the Yazidi minority and other groups

OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE:

1. Irit’s message to IAJLJ members

2. The IAJLJ addressed the Special Rapporteur on contemporary form of    racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and relater intolarence re: Turkey’s Anti-semitic public statements

3. The Association’s statments re-Human Rights Council resolution The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem

4. IAJLJ protests the High Commisssioner for Human Rights’ statement in light of the on-going hostilities in Israel and Gaza (July 13)

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Irit Kohn’s address to IAJLJ members concerning the murder of  the Arab teenager  Muhammad Abu Khdeir -July 8

the IAJLJ condemns the murder of the three Teenagers, July 2014

IAJLJ appears before the Human Rights Council, June 2014

Item 3 re-Tarabin, click for video

Item 7, click for video

Item 9, click for video

Side Event at the United Nations re-UNRWA

Below are the recent publications concerning the IAJLJ & the AAJLJ’s event from May 19:

 

Jpost:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israels-UN-envoy-UNRWA-fuels-fiction-of-Palestinian-right-of-return-352762

Ma’ariv:

http://www.thepost.co.il/news/new.aspx?pn6Vq=E&0r9VQ=FHGFL

Chanel 7:

http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/276448

Israel today:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17579

i24 news:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/140520-israeli-un-envoy-blasts-palestinian-refugee-agency

This Ongoing War:

http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2014/05/19-may-14-will-momentary-focus-on-unrwa.html

Doc’stalk:

http://docstalk.blogspot.co.il/2014/05/israeli-un-envoy-unrwa-fuels-fiction-of.html

Commentary:

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/05/18/want-peace-change-un-refugee-policy-unrwa-palestinians/

The Tower:

http://www.thetower.org/0351-un-side-event-focuses-on-unrwa-prolonging-palestinian-refugee-problem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT5OnRDojAI

Israel’s voice

http://israelsvoice.com/article.php?id=14&c=5&t=1400311850

London & Kirshenbaum –TV interview with Irit Kohn:

http://www.tvland.co.il/Display.asp?ID=53650&Q=לונדון

GLZ- radio interview with Irit Kohn:

http://glz.co.il/1097-7513-he/Galatz.aspx

 

 

The IAJLJ approaches The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the United Nations Roundtable on the Legal Aspects of the Question of Palestine Convened at the UN Office in Geneva, 24-25 April 2014

To see the Geneva’s reply – click here.

To see IAJLJ’s second letter – click here.

 

IAJLJ appears before the Human Rights Council at its 25th session:

* UPR re- Israel

* Item 7 re- UNRWA

* Genocide

* Item 4 re-Syria

* Item 3 re- Tarabin

 

IAJLJ Supports Panayote Dimitras in Greece

IAJLJ protests before the Japanease Minister of Justice regarding the vandalism of over 250 copies of Anne Frank’s diary in about 30 libraries in Japan.

A Paris court fined a pro-Palestinian group for its campaign to boycott the products of the Israeli SodaStream company.
IAJLJ’s reference to the annual survey the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) conducted. The letter was sent on January 27– the International Memorial Day for the Holocaust due to the increase of racism against Jews in Europe.

IAJLJ sends evidences against UNRWA to the British Parliament concrning its misuse of donations and its on going activities against Israel that are not acording to its original mandate.

Urgent address to the Secretary General re-Khaminei’s hatefull speech from November 20

Resolutions from The Hague Conference

IAJLJ addresses the Council of Europe re: its decision concerning Circummcision

24th session at the Human Rights Council in Geneva

statements by- Adv. Tom Gal:

Item 3 – General Debate; Ouda Tarabin. Link to video .

Item 4– Syria. Link to video.

Item 7 – UNRWA. Link to video .

Item 9 – Racism. Link to video .

 

IAJLJ sends an urgent letter to the Minister of Justice in Poland, after the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland has forbidden the slaughter of animals under Jewish and Islamic law (+relevant resolutions from the Lausanne conferene)

 

IAJLJ addresses the Chilean Minister of Justice asking her to invoke Bulletin No. 7130-07 of the Senate of Chile “Typifies the crime of Inciting to Racial and Religious Hate” subsequently to a disturbing saying during a TV broadcast on Channel CHV, where a puppet said: “Jews are not to blame for being a better fuel than wood”.

 

Hate on Campus:

1. Freedom of Expression violations in Canada

Students against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) filed a suit against the authorities of  Carleton University in Canada, based on the Human Rights Act 1990. The students argued that the University authorities had infringed their right to freedom of expression by unlawfully and without permission removing signs placed by the plaintiffs around the campus during Israeli Apartheid Weed week showing an Israeli helicopter firing a missile at a young Palestinian boy playing with his teddy bear! In its defence, the University argued, inter alia, that it had the authority to remove the signs in order to maintain public order. The suit was rejected following a lengthy and thorough analysis of all the relevant legislation and it was held that no rights had been infringed under the above statute.

 

2. Double Standards at the University of California –Article.

The University has taken strong action against harassment, physical assault, terrorization and targeting individuals on the basis of their ethnic origin or religion — except when the person under assault is Jewish, and the perpetrator is a member of an antisemitic or jihadi front group.

 

 

Human Rights Council- 23rd session – IAJLJ’s Statements

Item 7 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur

Item 9 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur , link to video

Item 9 – General Debate, link to video

Item 4 – Report of the Independant International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian  Arab Republic. For the full report, click here. for the statement – click here.

The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem: Falk’s report focuses mainly on the situation in Gaza and the persons detained in Israeli prisons. Surprisingly, in his report, Falk also addressed the criticism recently directed at his conclusions, including the condemnation voiced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

see full report.

 

A French court ruled that Israel did not violate International Law by building a light rail line in Eastern Jerusalem. See the Full (translated) judgment.

 

“Victims of Our Own Narratives?”

by Adi Schwartz, a Journalist, Author & Editor Monocle correspondent in Israel

 

The project was initiated by the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land and was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State.

The article deals with the recent publication of a study of Israeli and Palestinian school textbooks. The study’s main findings – that both sides ignore the narrative of “the other” – were quoted in both Israeli and international media outlets. But reading the full report revealed a biased report, flawed methodology and conclusions that contradict the authors’ own findings. For the full article – click here.

The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Racism regarding General Assembly resolution 67/154 contains information on intolerance and neo-Nazism. The IAJLJ contributed to the report, primarily by submitting information regarding intolerance, racist incidents and violence targeting members of Jewish communities, Holocaust commemoration sites and immigrants in Europe and Venezuela. Reference was made to physical attacks, the painting of Swasticas and utterances aimed at “changing history”, glorifying Nazism and denying the Holocaust. The Special Rapporteur apparently found the IAJLJ data useful and referred to it in paragraphs 10-12 of his Report; nonetheless, shamefully, he did not see fit to name the countries in which these incidents occurred and satisfied himself with addressing the issue on a general level only. See full report, published on June 4.

 

IAJLJ submits to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the Human Rights Council a report on world wide Anti Semitism.

Full report

Annex 1, Annex 2 and Annex 3

 

On 15.5.2013, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, held an informal meeting with state representatives of the group Friends of the ICC, Tom Gal, our representative to the Human Rights Committee attended this meeting. Click here for her briefing.

 

IAJLJ Continues to Fight for the Release of Ouda Tarabin.

See recent letter sent to Egyptian embassies world wide by IAJLJ members

IAJLJ demands from the High Commissioner in Geneva to remove Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, from his position due to on going shameful statements.see letter from April 25.

 

WHERE WAS THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY IN ISRAEL?

By Alyza D. Lewin (the writer is the president of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists)

The case is Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, and it involves the right of a Jerusalem-born American citizen to self-identify as born in “Israel” on his or her U.S. passport and birth certificate.

For the full article – click here

 

Human Rights 22nd Session:

Item 9 – Protocols of the Eldrs of Zion

Link to video

Item 7 – Fact Finding Mission; IAJLJ’s referral to the report

Link to video

Link to response

Item 7 – General Debate

Link to video

Item 5- women’s rights

Link to video

Item 4- Syrian Arab Republic

Link to video

 

IAJLJ protests about a joint commission with Iran to investigate the terrorist attack on the AMIA
As Israel is a non-cooperative state at the Human Rights Council, the IAJLJ sent to the Council the following documents:

· Israeli Law Enforcement in the West Bank;

· International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

On January 31, 2013 – The Report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – was recieved.
Click here for the full report

 

Lausanne Conference- Resolutions

URGENT address to the High Commissioner for Hunam Rights in Geneva – Dr. Pillay to condemn the illegal shooting from Gaza to Israel

IAJLJ’S letter, November 18

High Comissioner’s PR, November 21

IAJLJ’s respond to PR, November 22

IAJLJ protests against the Arab Lawyer Union’s action (ALU bestowed an honorary to the family of the female suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack on Maxim restaurant in Haifa in 2003) including addressing the UN, asking to deny the ALU from its NGO status.
ALU Letter
Ban Ki Moon – ALU Letter

Appeal to the Minister of Justice in Malmo due to the ongoing anti-Semitic occurrences.
Address to the French Minister of Interior
Address to the Ministry of Justice in Hungary regarding the increasing anti-Semitism and lack of legal means to stop and enforce it.
IAJLJ calls the Secretary General to the UN to exercise his power according to Article 99 to the UN charter, concerning Iran
IAJLJ addresses the President of the Security Council concerning Iran
Anti-Semitism in Hungary – a letter to the Minister of Justice
IAJLJ praises the President of France for his speech at the ceremony commemorating 70 years since the Winter Velodrome incident
Tarabin – IAJLJ keeps on fighting for the release of Tarabin and on July 20th addressed all Egyptian embassies world wide demanding to set him free.

IAJLJ calls for the immediate release of Ouda Tarabin from the Egyptian prison

appendix 1

appendix 2

Protest letter: IAJLJ calls upon the Human Rights Council to prevent Syria from being a member state at the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council – 20th Session, Item 9 – Racism; IAJLJ attacks the wrongful use of the UN stage to spread lies about Israel and the Jewish people

Link to video

 

Human Rights Council – 20th Session, Item 7 – The implementation of the report of the fact-finding mission regarding the humanitarian flotilla

Link to video

 

Human Rights Council – 20th Session – women trafficking

Link to video

Holocaust Denial statements by Parliament member
Dadkhah’s sentence
Response from the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights (recieved on October 2, 2012. Relevant parts to IAJLJ’s initial address re-Ali Dakha are highlighted)
The 4th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy,
Summary by Gavriel Mairone
IAJLJ calls upon Israel’s Attorney General to order an immediate investigation regarding the assault of the Arab workers at the Malha shopping center in Jerusalem.
Murder in Toulouse – IAJLJ reacts to the horrific murder

Item 9 – Durban Follow up, IAJLJ at the UN in Geneva,Statement by our representative –Adv. Tom Gal

-Link to VIDEO

Item 7 – General Debate, IAJLJ at the UN in Geneva, IAJLJ call Israelis and Palestinians to renew negotiations – (statement by our representative – Adv. Tom Gal)

-Link to VIDEO

Human Rights Council 19th Session- Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with COI on Syria

-Link to VIDEO

 

IAJLJ supports the Ottawa Protocols

 

IAJLJ takes a stand regarding extreme religious elements
IAJLJ takes action against Iranian leaders’ on going calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel
Resolutions as adopted at the Berlin Conference
Address to President Obama regarding Mr. Jonathan Pollard
Resolution concerning Mr. Jonathan Pollard
Protest Letter to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, September 2010
–> Address to the Secretary of State regarding  Ahmadinijad’s visit in New York City. 
–> Address to the UN Secretary General re-Achmadinijad’s appearance at the 2010 UN’s General Assembly
Resolutions as adopted at the London Conference
Address to the Red Cross regarding Gilad Shalit
–  Reply from the Red Cross
Address to His Excellency-President Mubarak
A protest letter regarding the acquittal of a well known Greek writer, anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier by the Appeals Court in Athens
Statement on the appointment of a Commission of Enquiry by the UN Human Rights Council with regard to the events of the recent conflict in  the Gaza Strip
Petition regarding John Dugard, by Anne Bayefsky
Written Statement Submitted to Sixth special session of UN Human Rights Committee January 23, 2008
Resolutions as adopted at the 13th congress November 10, 2007
Urgent address to the Europian Parliament – by Adv. Daniel Lack August 26, 2007
Statement at the 4rd Session of the Human Rights Council March 2007
Condemnation of Holocaust Denial Conference in Egypt 29 January, 2007
Referral of Iranian President on the Charge of Incitement to Commit Genocide December 2006
Statement at the 3rd Session of the Human Rights Council 1 December 2006
Resolution of the IAJLJ at the end of the “Remember Budapest Conference” November 2006
Legal facts-finding mission regarding the conflict in Lebanon November 2006
Statement to the HRC Commission on Lebanon October 2006
Correspondence Between IAJLJ and UN Organs – First HRC Special Session July 2006
Statement Concerning the Prosecution of David Irving in Austria March 2006
Resolution adopted at the IAJLJ’s Conference November 2005
Russia – Rumours, Anti-Semitism and Public Responsibility July 2005
Statements – 61st session of the HRC March 2005
Comments to the ICJ’s Attacks on Justice Report February 2005
Statements – 59th session of the HRC Winter 2003
President’s Message
Policy Statement April 24, 2002
Policy Statement April 5, 2002
Policy Statement April 2, 2002
Policy Statement March 22, 2002
Policy Statement August 29, 2001
Policy Statement July 18, 2001
Policy Statement March, 2001
Policy Statement – November 20, 2000 November 20, 2000
Policy Statement – October 17, 2000 October 17, 2000