Palestine

NLG Palestine Subcommittee Submits Report to ICC Prosecutor Refuting Israeli Self-Defense Claim

February 10, 2015

The NLG International Committee’s Palestine Subcommittee has submitted a report to the ICC prosecutor with facts showing that Israeli air and ground attacks on Palestinian territory preceded Hamas and non-Hamas rocket fire, and thus could not have been in self-defense; in fact, these attacks actually sparked a vast increase in rocket fire.

Israel Threatens Int’l Criminal Court With Retribution If War Crime Investigations Continue

Photo: Hatem Ali/AP
MintPress News
February 9, 2015

Since Jan. 16, when Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, Israel has forced the resignation of the head of the United Nations inquiry into Operation Protective Edge and called on members of the tribunal to cut funding to the court. “So long as any institution for the prosecution of war crimes exists, the Israeli state knows that under any system of justice it’s their leaders and officials that are going to be facing prosecution for their ongoing and systematic war crimes against the Palestinian people,” said Charlotte Kates, the coordinator for the National Lawyers Guild International Committee.

New Yorkers Denounce City Council Trip to Israel

NLG-NYC protest city council Israel trip Press TV
Press TV, New York
January 14, 2015
The trip, scheduled to take place in February will be all expenses paid, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the United Jewish Appeal, two pro-Israeli foundations that have a combined budget of over a billion dollars. 15 members of the New York City Council will participate, including Council speaker Melissa Mark-Vevirito. Representatives of various community organizations gathered to denounce the proposed trip, among them was Fatin Jarrara, from the New York City Al-Awda Right to Return Coalition.
 

NLG Defense Team Wins Bond and Release Pending Sentencing for Rasmea Odeh

December 10, 2014

DETROIT -- Rasmea Odeh, the prominent 67-year-old Palestinian American community leader and former political prisoner, will be released on $50,000 cash bond pending sentencing in March 2015. Ms. Odeh was found guilty this past November 10 of “Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization” – a past conviction on Israeli charges to which she confessed more than 40 years ago, after 45 days of brutal torture and rape by the Israeli military while in Israeli custody.

Amicus Supporting Olympia Food Co-op BDS (Kent L. and Linda Davis, et al. v. Grace Cox, et al.)

The NLG joined the Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, American Muslims for Palestine, and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network in filing this brief asking the Washington Supreme Court to uphold lower court decisions dismissing a lawsuit against the Olympia Food Co-op board members for deciding to boycott Israeli goods as part of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).

NLG Files Friend of the Court Support for Motion Requesting Rasmea Odeh’s Bond Pending Sentencing to Continue Social Work

November 21, 2014

The NLG has filed a motion to be admitted as amicus curiae in the case of Rasmea Odeh, to support the request by Rasmea Odeh’s attorneys that the Court reconsider its decision to deny her bond pending sentencing on March 12, 2015.

Trial of Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Begins Today; NLG Members Represent Odeh

November 4, 2014

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh, 67, for alleged immigration fraud. Since her arrest a year ago, the NLG has been working to free Odeh as part of the Rasmea Defense Committee, which maintains that the US government is using alleged immigration violations as a pretext for persecuting Odeh's Palestine activism.

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