October 2017 Conference in London on the Balfour Declaration
The IAJLJ is co-sponsoring a conference entitled The Balfour Centenary: A Legal Conference, to be held in London on October 8, 2017. Speakers include Professors Allan Dershowitz, Malcolm Shaw, Robbie Sabel, Guglielmo Verdirame, Natasha Hausdorff and Dr. Gerald Adler. The other conference co-sponsors are the UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, UK Lawyers for Israel, the Zionist Federation for Israel, and Balfour 100.
August 2017 IAJLJ Statement on the Israeli Government Kotel Decision
IAJLJ statement on the Israeli Government Kotel decision
June 2017 IAJLJ Letter Regarding the German Pension Law (ZRBG) and Nazi-Era Forced Labor
On March 27, 2017, the IAJLJ wrote to the Chairwoman of the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs of the Bundestag regarding the German pension law which currently excludes Nazi-era forced Ghetto laborers who at the time were under 14 years of age or have not yet completed a 60 month waiting period from qualifying to receive German pensions. The chairwoman replied on April 10, then sent us a declaration dated June 28, signed by several parliamentary groups regarding this issue.
June 2017 Seminar in Vienna on June 20 on the topic of Countering Antisemtism and Hate Crimes and Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Digital Age
March 2017 Letter to the President of the Human Rights Council
The IAJLJ sent a letter to the president of the UN Human Rights Council on March 28, 2017 regarding the Council’s bias against Israel.
May 2016 Letter to the UN Secretary-General Regarding Iran’s Holocaust Denial Cartoon Contest
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.
May 2016 Letter to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe
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.
November 2015 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 here for an example of a letter and see these, Document A and Document B, for relevant legal material.
November 2015 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.
November 2015 Seminar in Austria
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.
October 2015 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.
October 2015 Letter to the President of the Human Rights Council
The Association sent a letter to the Human Rights Council on October 29, 2015 in response to to the controversial speech of Mahmud Abbas.
November 2015 Publication in the European Union Official Journal
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 November 11, 2015.
October 2015 IAJLJ Letter to the Human Rights Council In Response to PA President Abbas’s Appearance
On October 28, 2015, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, appeared before the Human Rights Council (his full speech here: 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 in response to this speech.
February 2015 IAJLJ Letter to ICC Regarding Palestinian Jurisdiction
The IAJLJ wrote to the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the Palestinian attempt to create ICC jurisdiction.
January 2015 Schabas Committee Project
The Association arranged for a delegation of people from Israel’s south to appear before the three commissioners of the Schabas 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 further information, appear in the articles below:
November 2014 IAJLJ Letter to Southampton University
The IAJLJ sent a letter to Southampton University in the UK asking it to cancel its scheduled conference that will deal with Israel’s legitimacy to exist. The university’s response.
November 2014 Letter to New Zealand Radio Station
The IAJLJ wrote to a New Zealand radio station about its broadcast entitled “Israel Apartheid.”
September 2014 IAJLJ Statements at the 27th Session of the Human Right Council
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.
September 2014 Letters to British Officials Regarding Anti-Semitism in Britain
The IAJLJ sent letters to the Scottish Cabinet and Home Secretary in England concerning the number of antisemitic incidents that have occurred in Britain in the summer of 2014 and in particular during Operation Protective Edge, including the level of antisemitic hatred see on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. The IAJLJ received these responses: 1, 2,3.
August 2014 IAJLJ Letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
The IAJLJ wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon requesting an inquiry into the activities of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip due to the reports of improprieties.
August 2014 IAJLJ Addresses the Human Rights Council
The IAJLJ addressed delegates to the Human Rights Council concerning the current situation in Iraq and the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against the Yazidi minority and other groups.
August 2014 IAJLJ Addresses the Human Rights Council on Operation Protective Edge
1. Irit Kohn’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 regarding the 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)
July 2014 IAJLJ President Irit Kohn’s Statement Regarding the Abu Khdeir Murder
Irit Kohn’s wrote to IAJLJ members concerning the murder of the Arab teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir,
June 2014 Statement on the Murder of Three Israeli Teenagers
The IAJLJ statement on the murder of the three Teenagers in June 2014.
May 2014, IAJLJ Summary of Argentinian Appeals Court Decision Regarding the AMIA Bombing
IAJLJ’s summary, written by Claudia Caputi, on the Argentinean Federal Court of Appeals decision upholding a petition filed by two 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.
May 2014 Side Event at the United Nations Regarding UNRWA
Below are the recent publications concerning the IAJLJ and the AAJLJ’s side event on UNRWA held at the UN on May 19:
Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israels-UN-envoy-UNRWA-fuels-fiction-of-Palestinian-right-of-return-352762
Channel 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
The Tower: http://www.thetower.org/0351-un-side-event-focuses-on-unrwa-prolonging-palestinian-refugee-problem
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
May 2014 IAJLJ Letter to the Director-General of the UN Geneva Office Regarding a Roundtable on the Legal Aspects of the Question of Palestine Sponsored by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
Reply from the UN
IAJLJ Follow-Up Letter
February 2014 IAJLJ Letter in Support of Panayote Dimitras
Letter to several Greek officials
February 2014 IAJLJ Letter Regarding Vandalism of Copies Anne Frank’s Diaries in 30 Japanese Libraries
Letter to theJapanese Minister of Justice
January 2014 IAJLJ Letter to the British Parliament Regarding UNRWA
IAJLJ letter to the British Parliament concerning UNRWA’s misuse of donations and its ongoing activities against Israel that are inconsistent with its mandate.
January 2014 IAJLJ Letter to the Head of the European Union Delegation to Israel
IAJLJ letter to the head of the EU delegation to Israel regarding the increase of anti-Semitism in Europe, making reference to the annual survey of the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights.
November 2013 IAJLJ Letter to Secretary General Regarding Khamenei’s Hate Speech Regarding Israel
Letter to the Secretary General
October 2013 Resolutions from the IAJLJ Annual Conference Held in The Hague
October 2013 IAJLJ Letter to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Regarding Circumcision
IAJLJ letter to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe regarding its decision concerning circumcision.
October 2013 IAJLJ Statements at the 24th session at the Human Rights Council
Statements by Adv. Tom Gal:
Item 3 General Debate; Ouda Tarabin (video)
Item 4 Syria (video)
Item 7 UNRWA (video)
Item 9 Racism (video)
July 2013 IAJLJ Letter Polish Minister of Justice
IAJLJ letter to the Polish Minister of Justice after the Polish Constitutional Tribunal prohibited the slaughter of animals under Jewish and Islamic law.
June 2013 Letter to the Chilean Minister of Justice
IAJLJ letter to the Chilean Minister of Justice asking her to invoke Bulletin No. 7130-07 of the Senate of Chile, in response to a statement made on a Chilean television broadcast that “Jews are not to blame for being a better fuel than wood”.
May 2013 IAJLJ’s Statements at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council
Item 4 Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. Click here for the report, here for the statement.
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
May 2013 IAJLJ Human Rights Council Representative’s Report on Briefing By ICC Prosecutor
Report by Adv. Tom Gal, IAJLJ representative to the ICC, on a briefing she attended given by Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor.
May 2013 IAJLJ Letter to the Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
IAJLJ letter to the Human Rights Council Special Rapporeur on global anti-Semitism
Full Council of Europe report Annex 1, Annex 2 and Annex 3
April 2013 IAJLJ Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regarding Richard Falk
The IAJLJ sent letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights demanding the removal of Richard Falk from his position as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 because of his biased approach towards Israel.
April 2013 IAJLJ Continues to Fight for the Release of Ouda Tarabin
The IAJLJ coordinated a letter writing campaign of its members to Egyptian embassies worldwide on behalf of Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli citizen wrongly sentenced in Egypt at the age of eighteen to 15 years imprisonment on charges of spying. Mr. Tarabin had been in prison over 11 years.
February 2013 IAJLJ Statements to the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council
Item 5 Women’s rights Vdeo
Item 4- Syrian Arab Republic Video
Item 7 Fact Finding Mission IAJLJ’s referral to the report Video Response
Item 7 General Debate Video
Item 9 Protocols of the Elders of Zion Video
January 2013 IAJLJ Letter to Argentinean Officials Regarding AMIA Investigation
IAJLJ letter to the Argentinean Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and President of the Supreme Court, protesting the establishment of a joint Argentinean-Iranian commission to investigate the AMIA bombing.
October 2012 IAJLJ Letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice Regarding Anti-Semitism in Sweden
IAJLJ letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice regarding anti-Semitic attacks in Sweden, in light of the bombing of a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden.
August 2012 IAJLJ Letter to the UN Secretary-General Regarding Iran
IAJLJ letter to the UN Secretary-General calling on him to act regarding Iran’s threats to destroy Israel, in contravention of Articles 1 and III(c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
August 2012 IAJLJ Letter tot the President of the UN Security Council Regarding Iran
IAJLJ letter to the President of the UN Security Council regarding Iran’s threats to destroy Israel, in contravention of Articles 1 and III(c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
August 2012 IAJLJ Letter to the Hungarian Minister of Justice Regarding Anti-Semitism in Hungary
IAJLJ letter to the Hungarian Minister of Public Administration and Justice regarding the increase of anti-Semitism in Hungary and the lack of legal means to stop it.
August 2012 IAJLJ Letter to the President of France Regarding the Winter Velodrome Incident
IAJLJ letter to the President of France praising him for his speech at the ceremony commemorating 70 years since the Winter Velodrome incident
July 2012 IAJLJ Letter to the Human Rights Council Regarding Syria
IAJLJ letter to the Human Rights Council supporting the U.S. and the European Union’s action asking it to disqualified Syria from the council’s membership
January 2012 IAJLJ Supports the Ottawa Protocols
IAJLJ resolution supporting the Ottawa Protocol for Combating Anti-Semitism
January 2012 IAJLJ Statement Regarding Extreme Religious Elements
Statement regarding extreme religious elements.
November 2011 IAJLJ Statement Regarding Iran’s Call for the Annihilation of Israel
IAJLJ Berlin Convention statement regarding the UN reaction to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for the annihilation of Israel
November 2011 IAJLJ Berlin Conference Resolutions
Berlin Confernece resolutions
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
A Paris court fined a pro-Palestinian group for its campaign to boycott the products of the Israeli SodaStream company.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.