Avigdor Feldman is a key, if not the most prominent and significant, Israeli lawyers. Systematically and unrelentingly, he has waged a stubborn struggle against torture techniques, used by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which particularly targets Palestinian suspects or detained persons under investigation. Feldman has opposed that these technique be established as “a dedicated and normal approach” in the Shin Bet operations.

The letter revealed in Israel in early September 2014 is not like any other in view of its content, writers, signatories, impact and influence. Repercussions and reactions were equally extraordinary and exceptional. On the one hand, official political and military authorities sought to “silence” the letter. On the other, attempts were made to highlight how serious and far reaching the potential future projections of the letter would be.

According to a report published exclusively by Yedioth Ahronoth last week, Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice and member of the Jewish Home party, is finalising a bill, which would force Palestinian complainants from the West Bank to file petitions on building and land disputes to a central court, rather than to the High Court of Justice.

Another incident has added to the realities of increasing religionisation of the public space in Israel. Recently, an initiative taken by a MK of Meretz has failed to establish a parliamentary bloc. The initiative aim at promoting secular culture and identity in Israel in the face of the incessant religionisation campaign within the Israeli education system.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

MADAR CENTER

The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

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