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Political: 20th December, 2010

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The government asks the Knesset to approve a bill, which will create a special court for foreigners affairs, who will have the sole responsibility for judging non-citizens residing in Israel. ACRI has warned that “the government decided to create its own court, where it will sit in judgment on itself. The new court will be wholly under the authority and accountability of the Ministry of Justice, and will cancel in practice the principle of separation of powers. It will also prevent independent judicial criticism of the activity of the Ministry of the Interior, and will harm human rights”. (Hebrew)

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December 21st, 2010 at 6:58 am

Political: 15th November, 2010

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MK Liya Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu) tabled two new bills, which force state employees and members of local councils to swear allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state. (Hebrew)

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November 16th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Political: 9th November, 2010

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During a debate in the Knesset committee – dealing with the forfeiture of pay and other benefits from an MK who does not show up for an interrogation, a trial, or the carrying out of his sentence – the chairman of the Balad party, Dr. Jamal Zahalaka, said (Hebrew) to the chairman of the committee, MK Yariv Levin (Likud): “You are a spiritual pygmy, and unfit for serving in your position”. Zahalaka added that Levin “is a racist and a fascist”. This came after Levin told Zahalaka that he shouldn’t serve in the Knesset and that he is a supporter of terrorist organization.

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November 9th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Political: 27 October, 2010

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The Law and Justice Committee of the Knesset approved (Hebrew) The “Qaadan bypass law”, which allows settlements with less than 500 families to create an “acceptance committee”, which will filter new residents-to-be who “do not meet the criteria of the settlement’s character”. The bill was tabled about a decade after the Supreme Court of Justice forced the settlement Katzir to accept the Qaadan family to the settlement.

[Edited to add:] The word “settlement” here refers to any town or village, and specifically targets towns inside Israel. It does not imply location in the OPT.

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October 27th, 2010 at 5:09 pm