Archiv: Supreme Courts / High Courts


29.03.2020 - 07:54 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Martial Law Would Sweep the Country Into a Great Legal Unknown

n 1946, after the war ended, the Supreme Court ruled in Duncan v. Kahanamoku that the statute authorizing martial law in Hawaii did not enable military trials of civilians, and it warned against the “subordination of executive, legislative and judicial authorities to complete military rule”—but it offered no further guidance about the circumstances that would justify a declaration of martial law, or about the consequences of such a declaration. Nor has Congress ever tried to clarify the criteria for or limits of martial law.

28.03.2020 - 08:41 [ Wikipedia ]

Signing statement

The Supreme Court has not squarely addressed the limits of signing statements.

26.03.2020 - 14:15 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Vote for Knesset Speaker to be held Thursday, Supreme Court orders

Israel’s Supreme Court ordered a Thursday vote to elect a new Knesset (Israeli Parliament) speaker after Yuli Edelstein announced his resignation Wednesday, allowing senior MKAmir Peretz to lead the plenary.

The court decided late Wednesday night to hold the vote Thursday.

26.03.2020 - 02:55 [ Haaretz / Twitter ]

The High Court ruled Thursday overnight that chairman of the Labor Party Amir Peretz will be appointed as the temporary Knesset Speaker

26.03.2020 - 01:52 [ Haaretz ]

High Court Appoints Temporary Knesset Speaker to Elect Replacement

In the ruling, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut attacked Edelstein, saying he had committed „an unprecedented violation of the rule of law.“ Hayut had strongly criticized Edelstein’s decision to lock the plenary contrary to the court’s decision.

Earlier, the High Court debated a petition to accuse Edelstein of dishonoring the court, after he resigned earlier Wednesday, locking the Knesset plenum contrary to the court’s decision, which ruled that a new Speaker will be selected by Wednesday midnight.

26.03.2020 - 00:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s Rivlin: „It is our obligation to obey court’s decrees“

This prompted the High Court to convene urgently to decide how to move forward, with proceedings seemingly set to extend into the night.

25.03.2020 - 14:06 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Resigns, Subverts High Court Ruling to Hold Vote on His Replacement

According to Knesset protocols, Edelstein’s resignation will come into effect within 48 hours. The Knesset won’t be able to vote on a new Knesset speaker until then, and Edelstein said that the Knesset will not be able to convene for a vote until Monday. Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan is looking into ways to circumvent the protocols and appoint an acting Knesset speaker.

24.03.2020 - 18:37 [ Haaretz ]

Top Likud Ministers Change Tune on High Court Ruling, Back Vote on Knesset Speaker

Hanegbi, who heads the Agriculture Ministry, and Elkin, minister for Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, are joining Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Likud parliamentarian Gideon Sa’ar, who is known as a Netanyahu rival, in supporting the court’s decision.

Despite also voicing criticism of the ruling, on Monday Erdan said „we must respect the ruling or else resign ourselves to anarchy,“ while Sa’ar stressed that calls not to accept a direct court ruling are „unacceptable.“

23.03.2020 - 22:04 [ Anshel Pfeffer / Twitter ]

Didn’t take long for the High Court to get back to Edelstein and now they’re not “requesting” any more. They’re ordering him in a 19-page ruling to let the vote for his replacement go ahead by Wednesday + accusing him of undermining democracy.

Crazy turn of events.

23.03.2020 - 21:41 [ Ynetnews.com ]

High Court rules Edelstein must allow vote for new Speaker

The High Court ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein must convene the Knesset no later than Wednesday, to elect his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:08 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Edelstein poised to answer High Court as Likud members call to defy ruling

Israel’s High Court of Justice approved Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s request to submit his answer today at 9 pm (local time) regarding whether he will convene a parliamentary vote for his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court hears petition on replacing Knesset Speaker Edelstein

Throughout Israel’s 72-year existence, the Knesset Speaker had only been replaced once a new government was sworn in. Thus, replacing Edelstein before a government is formed would represent an unprecedented move, even with a majority vote.

23.03.2020 - 20:03 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel’s top court orders parliament to clarify speaker vote

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s parliament to reconvene for the selection of a new speaker, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he tries to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis and fend off a looming corruption trial.

The current speaker, Yuli Edelstein of Netanyahu’s Likud party, suspended the parliament’s activities last week, citing procedural issues and restrictions on large gatherings due to the virus.

18.03.2020 - 19:49 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Blue and White going to court to force Knesset to meet

Blue and White expressed outrage, accusing Edelstein of „trampling Israeli democracy at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s behest.“ The party said it would appeal to the Supreme Court against Edelstein on Thursday to force him to convene the plenum and „end the craziness.“

17.03.2020 - 20:52 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

#Israel’s supreme court rejected a request to halt Shin Bet’s use of cyber-monitoring to track citizens with #COVID-19

06.03.2020 - 13:29 [ Shaun King / Twitter ]

The State of Alabama began their process of murdering Nate Woods at 9:38 PM EST. He was not officially pronounced dead until 10:01 PM. 23 cruel minutes. It’s one of the most grizzly acts of injustice in modern American history. He didn’t break a single law.

06.03.2020 - 05:00 [ ABC News ]

Nathaniel Woods executed in Alabama after Supreme Court denies stay

The controversial execution of Nathaniel Woods was carried out late Thursday in Alabama just minutes after the Supreme Court denied a temporary stay, issued only hours earlier.

Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. local time, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

06.03.2020 - 02:54 [ Black America Web ]

Nathaniel Woods Execution Stayed By Supreme Court To Review Appeal

Alabama was set to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 2004 slayings of three police officers shot by another man at a suspected crack house. The U.S. Supreme Court halted plans at least temporarily to review his appeal.

26.02.2020 - 22:01 [ BBC ]

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

(today)

The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made „commercial promotion of assisted suicide“ a criminal offence.

Assisted dying had been legal.

01.02.2020 - 04:55 [ Ramona Wadi / Strategic Culture Foundation ]

The Exploitation of Pascua Lama Is One Example of Chile’s Neoliberal Exploitation

In 2006, Barrick Gold had proposed moving the glacier ice from the Toro 1, Toro 2 and the Esperanza glaciers to facilitate their exploitation of the region’s resources.

11.01.2020 - 22:24 [ BBC ]

India demolishes Kerala skyscrapers over environmental violations

After they were built, bankers, executives and affluent retirees were among those who bought up the luxury apartments. One bank executive told the BBC last year that he had spent what would now amount to $70,000 (£55,000) to purchase a 2,140 sq ft (198 sq m) flat in Alfa Serene in 2006.

01.01.2020 - 12:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s High Court delays ruling on whether Netanyahu can be PM

Heading a three-judge panel, High Court of Justice President Esther Hayut said there were no legal impediments holding Netanyahu back from seeking reelection, ruling that the question is not ripe for a decision before he is actually tasked with leading a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:32 [ Haaretz ]

High Court Petition to Block Netanyahu’s PM Bid Over Corruption Indictment Irrelevant Before Election, Justices Say

The hearing on the metter is held by Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, Deputy President Hanan Melcer and Justice Uzi Vogelman.

Hayut stressed that there isn’t any legal impediment barring Netanyahu from running in the March election, while Vogelman said it’s unprecedented to rule on an issue before an authority was given – in this case the mandate to form a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:22 [ Ynet ]

High Court debates whether indicted Netanyahu can form government

Hayut says three-justice panel must first decide whether the court should even debate the issue, echoing instruction from AG; hearing comes after petition by 67 members of academic and high-tech worlds objecting to allowing a Knesset member battling criminal charges to be tasked with putting together a coalition

29.12.2019 - 15:49 [ Jewish Community ‏/ Twitter ]

A-G refuses to tell High Court his view on PM eligibility – again: On Sunday, the High Court set a hearing for December 31 for Mandelblit to argue before it along with other parties about whether Netanyahu can form a government.

(26.12.2019)

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28.12.2019 - 17:36 [ Ben-Dror Yemini / Ynetnews.com ]

High Court’s Netanyahu verdict may pose danger to democracy

if I may, I would like to apply pressure on the judges from the other end of the spectrum. Not from the side of Netanyahu’s devotees, but from the side of those who are devoted to an impartial process, the rule of law and the continued peaceful existence of our democracy.

Please, do not involve yourself in this matter. Looking out at the world through the windows of the halls of justice can obscure the bigger picture sometimes. Caring only for your close compatriots and friends could be dangerous.

28.12.2019 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General and Other Cowards in the Face of Netanyahu

We’re in this situation because of the cowards – people like Mendelblit, who had no problem accepting a role as a gatekeeper without growing the requisite backbone. We’re here because for months after the recommendations by the police and the prosecution, the attorney general continued to drag his feet.

And after deciding to file indictments, he didn’t intervene as Netanyahu dragged us into yet another election while using all the power of his status to vilify the legal system that the attorney general is supposed to defend.

27.12.2019 - 18:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: AG says will deliver opinion on Netanyahu’s eligibility to form gov’t only after court hearing

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday sought to avoid offering his legal opinion on whether or not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be tasked with forming a government with criminal charges hanging over him.

Mandelblit was earlier in the week requested by Israel’s High Court of Justice by the court to submit his opinion on the matter next week.

27.12.2019 - 15:45 [ Reuters ]

U.N. experts urge Pakistan to clear scholar of blasphemy, lift death sentence

Hafeez’s family and lawyers released a statement saying the trial had been marked by a “wave of fear” and intimidation after Hafeez’s initial defense lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was shot and killed in 2014 after agreeing to take on the case. No one has been charged with that murder.

24.12.2019 - 18:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court to deliberate whether Netanyahu can form gov’t despite indictment

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who earlier this year recommended to indict the long-serving prime minister on charges of bribery and fraud, has been ordered by the High Court to come up with a legal opinion on the matter 48 hours before the court assembles to debate it.

22.12.2019 - 17:59 [ CNN ]

New ruling means Supreme Court dodges Obamacare showdown, but legal fight rolls on

The New Orleans-based court ruled unconstitutional the individual insurance mandate — which the federal government was no longer enforcing — yet refused to resolve the most pressing issue: does that mean the rest of the law is also unconstitutional?
By a 2-1 vote, the appeals panel returned the case to a US district court judge for the start of another round of rulings.

It will now likely be months, perhaps even years, …

20.12.2019 - 02:38 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court freezes nomination of interim state prosecutor

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed Wednesday a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court against the recent appointment of an interim state prosecutor, after which the court ordered to freeze the nomination, Hebrew media reported.

Justice Minister Amir Ohana announced Tuesday his decision to appoint Orly Ben Ari-Ginsberg for the position after the former state prosecutor Shai Nitzan ended his six-year term.

10.12.2019 - 21:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Mandelblit asked to decide whether Netanyahu eligible for PM position

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday urged the Attorney General to announce before December 18 on whether he intends to rule on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eligibility to run for office.

The Supreme Court responded to a petition filed by a group of hi-tech officials and security members such as the former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Carmi Gillon.

25.11.2019 - 06:06 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Petition filed to remove Netanyahu from office over indictment

(24.11.2019)

The first petition calling for interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be removed from office following his indictment by the Prosecutor General was filed Sunday morning to Israel’s High Court of Justice.

The appeal was put forth by the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel — an NGO promoting, as its website says, „democracy, transparency, good governance and civic engagement.“

23.11.2019 - 09:47 [ Time.com ]

If John Bolton Keeps Refusing to Testify, Congress Should Arrest Him

The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that each chamber of Congress can hold a person in contempt for flouting a legislative subpoena, and – as Justice Brandeis explained in Jurney v. MacCracken – each chamber may also coerce obedience “by means of arrest.” In other words, the House Sergeant at Arms may take people into physical custody until they provide information withheld from Congress.

22.10.2019 - 23:13 [ Techdirt ]

Canadian Supreme Court To Cops: You Can’t Arrest Someone Just Because You Think Something Illegal Might Happen In The Future

Free speech protections have been given a bit of a boost in Canada. Simultaneously, the leash on the country’s law enforcement has been tightened a little. That’s how these things go. Personal rights and government power are often zero-sum. This case — dealing with the arrest of a counter-protester — ensures Canadian law enforcement can’t just go around arresting people for the „crime“ of not committing any crimes. (via a site that wrote about it but somehow found it impossible to include a link to the freely-available ruling, so here’s a link to the Supreme Court’s site)

08.10.2019 - 15:05 [ New York Times ]

Will the Supreme Court Hand Trump Even More Power?

The version of the “unitary executive” put forth by Mr. Trump, the Justice Department and the shareholders would open the door for a president to fire for any reason — even personal reasons unrelated to the public interest or even for no reason at all — any head of an administrative agency, including the heads of “independent agencies” like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well as the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (These agency heads are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.)

04.10.2019 - 13:59 [ Haaretz ]

Uncompromising Investigation Into Shin Bet Torture Allegations Is Needed

This explanation was meant to provide grounds for a claim of necessity, which is a fundamental condition for permitting the use of “special means” – that is, torture – while still staying within the limits imposed by the High Court of Justice on interrogations of this type.

It’s still impossible to know whether this essential condition, necessity, actually existed. But even if it did, serious questions arise from this case regarding the interpretation that has been given to the possibility of using torture.

03.10.2019 - 08:38 [ MercoPress ]

Peruvian vice-president resigns as interim president and supports general election

Ms Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting illegal funds from Odebrecht.

The president also argued that Congress’s appointment of a new judge to the constitutional court would interfere with his efforts to stamp out corruption. Among other things, the court is soon due to decide whether to free Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention.

29.09.2019 - 12:15 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Agrees to Hold Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Over Four Days

After being asked by the attorney general to submit the basis of his plea in advance of the hearings last week, Netanyahu sent Mendelblit one page void of explanations to back his statement that he is innocent.

„We regret that instead of complying with this directive, you have found it appropriate to submit a very short document with no actual content,“ Mendelblit’s office wrote in a letter published Thursday.

25.09.2019 - 17:42 [ New York Times ]

How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law

Not only did the court declare the prime minister’s action unlawful, it also declared the order itself, which Queen Elizabeth II issued at Mr. Johnson’s request, “unlawful, void, and of no effect.” The request, said the court’s president, Baroness Brenda Hale, might as well have been a “blank sheet of paper.”

Stephen Tierney, a professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, said it was “astonishing” that the court had ruled decisively that it “can review something as fundamental as that, done by Her Majesty, as unlawful.”

25.09.2019 - 17:35 [ Parliament.uk ]

The Supreme Court 2009

The last hearings and judgments in the House of Lords took place on 30 July and the new Supreme Court opened on 1 October 2009.

The Supreme Court comprises of 12 judges, known as „Justices of the Supreme Court“, they include a President and Deputy President, appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

The first members of the Supreme Court were the existing 12 Law Lords (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary) who now sit in the new Court which occupies the former Middlesex Guildhall, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

25.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Spectator ]

The Supreme Court’s decision is a constitutional outrage

What that means is that prorogation can be limited by statute and the courts would enforce that statute. I doubt anyone disputes that. What it does not mean, yet what has happened, is that in the absence of such a statute, the ‘Supreme’ Court can step in and invent one. So lawyers and judges have, step by step, decided to give themselves more and more power.

No one expected them to do what they did today. No one expected it to be unanimous – which perhaps hurts the most.

24.09.2019 - 12:43 [ theGuardian.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson should ‚consider his position‘ as he demands recall of parliament

At the Labour conference Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the stage.

He says the supreme court judgment demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for parliament.

He says he will write to the Speaker demanding an urgent recall of parliament.

He says a Labour government would want to be held to account. It would not bypass democracy.

And he says Boris Johnson should “in the historic words, consider his position”.

That means he thinks Johnson should resign.

24.09.2019 - 12:30 [ Daily Mail ]

Supreme Court unanimously rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was ‚UNLAWFUL, void and of no effect‘ and overturns the move leaving the PM’s plans in tatters

– The Supreme Court handed down landmark judgment at 10.30am today
– Justices asked to decide whether Boris Johnson gave unlawful advice to Queen
– Judges had 4 options including forcing MPs to return to Parliament this week
– Lady Hale revealed all 11 unanimously agreed to nuclear option of recalling MPs
– PM won’t resign and says MPs have had years to discuss direction of Brexit

24.09.2019 - 12:27 [ ITV.com ]

Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson’s advice to Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful

Announcing the result, Lady Hale said: „The court is bound to conclude, therefore, that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.“

20.09.2019 - 18:30 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu lawyers submit defense arguments ahead of pre-indictment hearing

Quoting sources in the State Prosecutor’s Office, Channel 12 news reported Netanyahu’s hearing was not likely to be delayed due to the election results, which left no party with a clear path to forming a government.

It is widely believed that had Netanyahu won the election with a clear majority, he would have sought immunity from prosecution via a Knesset vote and then sought legislation to prevent the Supreme Court from overturning any such Knesset decision. I

09.09.2019 - 17:28 [ Daily Mail ]

What will happen if Boris Johnson refuses to ask for a Brexit delay? And could the Supreme Court send a CIVIL SERVANT to Brussels to ask for an extension?

– Boris Johnson will not ask for Brexit delay past October 31 in any circumstances
– Anti-No Deal law set to be given Royal Assent today, requiring PM to ask for delay
– Legal experts say Supreme Court could order civil servant to ask for Brexit delay
– Mr Johnson will try to force a snap general election for the second time today
– Government will then suspend Parliament regardless of if it wins election vote

24.08.2019 - 15:40 [ Spiked ]

The strangling of European democracy: The EU is the high point of an anti-democratic project that has been brewing for a hundred years.

So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.

16.08.2019 - 07:35 [ Connect the World / Twitter ]

#BREAKING Gibraltar’s Chief Minister @GibraltarGov tells @BeckyCNN Iranian supertanker ‚Grace I‘ is „free to go“ despite a U.S. request to keep the ship detained, but says the tanker could be seized *again* before it sets sail. #IranTensions

15.08.2019 - 17:19 [ Bloomberg TicToc ‏/ Twitter ]

„From the minute that the judge made his order, the ship is no longer any compulsion to stay within the jurisdiction,“ lawyer Charles Gomez says outside the Supreme Court of Gibraltar of the supertanker at the center of a standoff with Tehran

13.08.2019 - 17:27 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Iran says Grace 1 tanker could be released ‘soon’

Authorities in Gibraltar were given permission by Gibraltar’s Supreme Court to detain the vessel until mid-August, with another hearing on the matter set for Thursday morning. The current detention order on the vessel expires on Saturday night.

08.08.2019 - 17:34 [ Spiked ]

The German state’s turn against democracy

In supporting the European banking union, Germany’s highest court reveals its anti-democratic heart.

03.08.2019 - 17:42 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Likud Plans to Spend $570,000 to Spy Again on Arab Polling Stations

Now, according to a report broadcast by Channel 13 news, the Likud plans to double its budget for a repeat campaign, spending two million shekels (approximately $570,000) to install cameras in Arab polling stations. The campaign will once again be headed up by Kaizler Inbar, and will be accompanied by increased police presence to monitor Arab voters.

Israel’s Central Election Committee – which oversees the state’s election process – will reportedly meet later this week to discuss the Likud’s program. The Channel 13 news report told how the Likud party plans to ask Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, head of the elections committee, to “detail in writing what their poll watchers can and cannot do with the surveillance cameras”.

27.07.2019 - 13:01 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.

27.07.2019 - 02:33 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall construction

The ruling allows the administration to use $2.5 billion in military funds to begin construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while litigation plays out. A lower court had issued an injunction blocking officials from using those funds.

27.07.2019 - 02:30 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court Lets Trump Proceed on Border Wall

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds. But that will most likely take many months or longer, allowing Mr. Trump to move ahead before the case returns to the Supreme Court after further proceedings in the appeals court.

22.07.2019 - 14:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Begins Demolition of 70 Homes in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem Neighborhood

(today)

Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands

22.07.2019 - 14:34 [ MondoWeiss.net ]

Israeli plan to raze East Jerusalem homes may be first step towards mass demolitions across the West Bank

(17.07.2019)

In less than 24 hours, 42-year-old Ismail Obeidiya, his wife Nida, and their six kids, could be made homeless. It’s a terrifying reality that Obeidiya is struggling to grapple with, his unease and frustration more palpable with every word.

“We fought so long and so hard, for years, to try to save our home. But in the end, the Israeli courts, the ‘High Court of Justice’ as they say, could not offer us any justice,” Obeidiya told Mondoweiss from the front yard of his home.

The Obeidiyas’ home is one of 10 buildings slated for an unprecedented mass demolition by Israeli authorities in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir.

While Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are commonplace, typically under the pretext that the homes were built without Israeli-issued permits, the homes in question stand on ‘Area A’ and ‘Area B’ land under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA), as designated by the Oslo Accords.

22.07.2019 - 14:29 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel Supreme Court backs demolition of 13 buildings under PA control

(18.06.2019)

Israel’s Supreme Court yesterday gave the green light for the state to demolish 13 apartment blocks built in “Area A” of the occupied West Bank, but which now lie inside the route of the illegal Separation Wall.

According to Haaretz, Palestinians say that the ruling “sets a precedent that will enable the demolition of thousands of buildings in the West Bank”.

17.06.2019 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

Yair Lapid Says Coalition With Netanyahu, Lieberman Is the Right Thing for Israel

Yair Lapid, the co-chair of opposition party Kahol Lavan, said on Sunday that he believes a unity government headed by his outfit is the „right thing for Israel.“

Lapid said he would agree to form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to comments made by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday.

13.06.2019 - 06:00 [ France24.com ]

Brazil’s top court to review Lula case as leaks cast doubt on judge’s integrity

(11.06.2019)

Brazil’s Supreme Court said Monday it would re-examine an appeal by jailed former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in the wake of allegations that a prominent judge collaborated with prosecutors to convict the popular former leftist politician.

12.06.2019 - 00:46 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil Bar Association Demands Removal of Justice Minister

Moro ruled against Lula and rendered him ineligible to run in the 2018 presidential election at a time when all polls showed that the former president was the clear frontrunner. This gave far-right Jair Bolsonaro a strong lead that resulted in his presidency win.

Bolsonaro then, according to many, “rewarded” Moro by creating an unprecedented powerful position now called the “super justice minister,” which has complete control over all the judicial branch, policing and social control in Brazilian society.

11.06.2019 - 19:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

MI5 accused of ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’

Agency has been obtaining surveillance warrants based on false information, high court told

10.06.2019 - 14:20 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu must inform court today if he will attend indictment hearing

If Netanyahu refuses to confirm his attendance by today’s deadline, then the hearing will be canceled and a summary decision would be made that could lead to his indictment within days or weeks.

07.06.2019 - 15:55 [ Evening Standard ]

Bid to prosecute Boris Johnson over Brexit bus £350m claim quashed at High Court

Lady Justice Rafferty, who was hearing the case with Mr Justice Supperstone, broke shortly before 1pm but told the assembled lawyers and journalists: „Don’t go.“

They then returned within minutes and, in dramatic circumstances, said: „The conclusion of the court: we grant permission [allowing Mr Johnson’s appeal]. We are persuaded.“

06.06.2019 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Appoints Justice Minister Who Supports Immunity From Indictment for Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana as justice minister on Wednesday. Political sources told Haaretz that Ohana was appointed because unlike other Likud members, he supports changes that would grant immunity from indictment to acting prime ministers, as Netanyahu is facing possible indictment in three cases of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

05.06.2019 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

Democracy in Netanyahu’s Israel Under Greater Threat Than in Trump’s America, Warns Lawfare Editor

Wittes attributes this dramatic possibility to Israel’s anomalous constitutional regime, which he characterizes as “super-weird.”

Asked to elaborate, he explains in a follow-up email that, beyond the fact that Israel lacks a written constitution (which is not in itself unique), it also has “the combination, on the one hand, of a system of parliamentary supremacy, and, on the other hand, a highly aggressive court that asserts broad authority of judicial review.” Ironically, however, anything the High Court does can be reversed by the legislature, “given that the court’s authority itself is a creature of the Knesset.”

04.06.2019 - 18:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu, Suspect in Three Corruption Cases, Is Now Israel’s Justice Minister

Israeli law does not prohibit an outgoing prime minister from appointing or dismissing ministers before an election nor does it require Knesset approval if the appointee is already a Knesset member.

02.06.2019 - 14:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Soldiers Cuffed, Blindfolded and Detained Left-wing Activists Without Cause, Authority

The three were released without being questioned and without being informed whether they were suspected of anything. Israeli soldiers are not authorized to arrest Israeli civilians in the West Bank, but are entitled to detain them until the police arrive. The three said they never came in contact with the police.

The activists were members of the left-wing organizations Combatants for Peace and the Jordan Valley Coalition.

01.06.2019 - 16:45 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Snap Election Is a Makeup Exam for Democracy

A moment before democracy was burned on the stake, Israel received a second chance. We must take full advantage of it.

31.05.2019 - 10:11 [ Haaretz ]

Labor’s Gabbay ‚Won’t Say‘ He Wouldn’t Join a Netanyahu Government After Israel’s Election

‚You never know which circumstances you’ll find yourself in,‘ party leader tells Channel 12, arguing he hadn’t lied to his voters in holding coalition talks with the premier

30.05.2019 - 12:56 [ Haaretz ]

Even Netanyahu Knows It’s Over

Netanyahu may win the new election but it will be too late to push through the High Court override and the immunity from prosecution: Who will sign a coalition agreement with someone on his political deathbed?

26.05.2019 - 06:19 [ Fay G ‏/ Twitter ]

The greatest fear of the fascist right wing – a united front of the left, centre-left and the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Ayman Odeh’s speech couldn’t have been better.

26.05.2019 - 05:59 [ Rabbi Jill Jacobs ‏/ Twitter ]

Kudos to the Israeli activists & political leaders who are building a Jewish-Arab coalition that is fighting for Israeli democracy. MK Ayman Odeh’s speech at tonight’s demonstration was one important step.

26.05.2019 - 05:49 [ Haaretz ]

Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Netanyahu’s Immunity Bills in Opposition’s First Rally

Kahol Lavan, Labor and Meretz organized the protest, but the Arab parties were not invited. Several hours before the protest and following public pressure, Gantz invited Arab Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, the chairman of Hadash, to speak.

26.05.2019 - 05:38 [ Global News / Youtube ]

Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity, limit Supreme Court

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv Saturday, protesting proposed legislation granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution on a series of corruption charges.

The protesters outside the city’s Museum of Art also called for protecting Israel’s democratic identity against government overreach.

25.05.2019 - 19:13 [ Guy Elster / Twitter ]

#Israel – a big rally is planned this evening in Tel Aviv against PM #Netanyahu’s moves to weaken the supreme court for saving himself from persecution. In an important move, the leader of the biggest Arabic party will also speak

25.05.2019 - 19:09 [ Guy Ziv / Twitter ]

Historic demonstration will take place in Tel Aviv tonight in support of saving Israeli democracy from efforts by Bibi, who is facing an indictment, to institute an immunity law. All opposition parties will be represented and speakers will include Arab-Israeli leader @AyOdeh.

22.05.2019 - 18:30 [ Ynetnews ]

Likud tables new Immunity Law proposal

MK Miki Zohar (Likud) submitted on Tuesday a draft for a new Immunity Law, that would prevent MKs from being brought to criminal trial.

22.05.2019 - 18:27 [ CNN ]

No indictment for Netanyahu

(20. April 1997)

Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“

„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“

22.05.2019 - 18:25 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General Delays Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Until October

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit agreed on Wednesday to postpone Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment hearing until October.

21.05.2019 - 07:01 [ Shalom Lipner, nonresident Senior Fellow @AtlanticCouncil, former @BrookingsInst, 26-yr vet of @IsraeliPM / Twitter ]

.@Haaretz poll: 55% of Israelis believe PM Netanyahu is somewhat or very corrupt; 45% have little or no confidence in Attorney-General Mandelblit.

(28.03.2019)

21.05.2019 - 06:58 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Lawyers Ask AG to Put Off Hearing for at Least One Year

Mendelblit, who returned Sunday from a trip to Japan, had asked the lawyers to hold the hearing by July 10, but is expected to agree to a hearing held by the end of September.

18.05.2019 - 10:24 [ CNN ]

No indictment for Netanyahu

(20. April 1997)

Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“

„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“

18.05.2019 - 10:06 [ Hamodia ]

Report: Mandelblit Won’t Reopen Case 3000 Investigation

(29.03.2019)

Part of Ganor’s testimony involved allegations that Netanyahu gave his consent to the sale of advanced submarines by ThyssenKrupp to Egypt, and that the Prime Minister had misled investigators by telling them that he had shared with Mandelblit information on why the sale was necessary – even though he was unwilling to tell them, because it was a “state secret.” Blue and White candidates have in recent days accused Netanyahu of a coverup,

18.05.2019 - 09:56 [ Times of Israel ]

Full text: The criminal allegations against Netanyahu, as set out by Israel’s AG

(16.05.2019)

Amid reports the PM will seek legislation that will protect him from prosecution in 3 criminal cases, ToI publishes in English for the first time the full interim charge sheet

13.05.2019 - 18:59 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Assault on Judiciary Will Lead to Rule Without Restraint

If the new government now being formed is based on an agreement to enact an override clause that would let the Knesset annul court rulings that overturn legislation and decisions by government agencies, we must go to war to defend our homes. Not only, or even primarily, the Supreme Court’s home, but the home of each and every one of us.

We’ve already learned that a right-wing coalition will dance to the tune of the far-right, which Bezalel Smotrich, now reinforced by Itamar Ben-Gvir and Meir Kahane’s legacy will celebrate. Woe to us if our lives and rights are in their hands without anyone having the power to curb them.

13.05.2019 - 08:29 [ Richard C. Schneider, Editor-at-Large ARD German TV / Twitter ]

Surprise, surprise: Despite AG Mandelblit’s previous refusal he might now postpone Netanyahu’s indictment hearing from July to September

(11.05.2019)

13.05.2019 - 08:24 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Pushes Law to Neutralize High Court Oversight and Uphold His Immunity

Likud has gathered a number of expert opinions regarding the legal systems of Canada and England, countries where the parliament can pass laws over the objection of the Supreme Court.

11.05.2019 - 14:51 [ Partners for Progressive Israel ‏/ Twitter ]

Once that’s accomplished, she writes, Netanyahu’s govt will move to pass a series of laws that give the PM immunity from indictment/prosecution, and in exchange give the far-right parties the pro-annexation laws they crave. 2/2

11.05.2019 - 14:45 [ Partners for Progressive Israel ‏ / Twitter ]

In e-blast to @meretzparty supporters, chair Tamar Zandberg warns that Netanyahu’s next coalition will try to pass an ‚override clause‘ that would allow it to effectively ignore High Court rulings. 1/2

30.04.2019 - 02:33 [ Reuters ]

Breaking from tradition, indigenous women lead fight for land rights in Brazil

Brazil’s indigenous women have been overturning tradition to step into the spotlight and lead an international push to defend their tribal land rights, which are up against the greatest threat they have faced in years under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

17.03.2019 - 21:36 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Top Court Bans Kahanist Leader From Election Run, Okays Arab Slates, Far-left Candidate

Israel’s Supreme Court banned on Sunday Kahanist leader Michael Ben Ari from running in the April 9 general election and reversed the disqualification of Arab joint slate Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of political alliance Hadash-Ta’al.

15.03.2019 - 09:57 [ Haaretz.com ]

The Last Gatekeeper

The issues on the agenda are the Central Elections Committee’s refusal to disqualify Michael Ben Ari and Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Otzma Yehudit, and its decisions to disqualify a joint ticket comprised of two Arab parties, United Arab List and Balad, as well as Jewish MK Ofer Cassif of the Arab-Jewish Hadash. Once the court publishes its decision, we will know whether Israel still has gatekeepers who will stand in the breach, or whether even the last of them has been defeated by the ugly tide of ultra-nationalism and racism that is sweeping the country.