Jul 2 '15 / EIPA Updates

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva published last week its controversial report on the 2014 conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which concludes that both Israel and Palestinian terror groups may have committed war crimes, a group of former US senior military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan have criticized the report for the weakness of its military expertise. “I am very …

Jul 1 '15 / EIPA Updates

Last month, an Israeli military investigation has cleared its forces of wrongdoing over the deaths of four Palestinian boys killed in missile strikes on the beach of Gaza during the early days of the 2014 conflict with Hamas. The Military Advocate General Corps investigated the incident, which took place on July 16 in view of the hotels where international journalists were staying, and concluded that there …

Jun 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

“The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) acted within the bounds of international law during the war with Hamas in Gaza last summer. Israel not only met but significantly exceeded international legal standards,” a high level group of former diplomats and military experts concluded after a fact-finding mission to Israel in May. The mission’s conclusions have been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva ahead …

Jun 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

A radical Islamist Salafist group calling itself the Omar Brigades claimed responsibility for Saturday night’s rocket attack fired at the Ashkelon region from Gaza, Israel Radio reported. On social media, the twitter account thought to be that of the extremist Salafi brigades said that the rocket was fired in protest of brigade members who are being held in Gaza prisons, as well as those conducting hunger …

May 27 '15 / EIPA Updates

In a report on the Gaza conflict last summer, human rights group Amnesty International has accused Hamas of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians. The report, the last of four released by the group detailing events during the fighting, said that at least 23 Palestinians were shot and killed by Hamas, which rules Gaza, while dozens more were arrested and tortured. Amnesty said those …

May 6 '15 / EIPA Updates

The report by political advocacy organization “Breaking the Silence” (BtS) on last summer conflict in Gaza, including anonymous “testimonies” of soldiers who fought in Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge” against Hamas rocket fire, ‘’lacks all credibility and objectivity,” says NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog group which provides information and analysis on the activities of NGOs. In a reaction to the report, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said …

Apr 28 '15 / EIPA Updates

The United Nations has released the summary of a United Nations inquiry report into the shelling of various UN facilities in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge last summer which concludes that although Israel was responsible for the shelling, Hamas placed Gaza’s residents in danger by storing weapons in UN facilities and firing rockets from their premises. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in November that a …

Apr 1 '15 / EIPA Updates

For the first time in Israel since 2007, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Home Front Command and the Planning Directorate have drafted a new “reference scenario”, visualizing a potential future conflict with Hezbollah that includes an average of 1,200 rockets per day launched from Lebanon and hundreds of Israeli dying over the course of the battle. Israel’s border with Lebanon has been largely quiet since the …

Feb 3 '15 / EIPA Updates

AMSTERDAM The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza announced that he would resign after Israel accused him of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a body generally considered to be anti-Israel, …

Nov 21 '14 / EIPA Updates

For the first time in more than five years, Israel’s economy contracted during the third quarter as growth was hit by the effects of last summer conflict with the Gazan terror group Hamas. Gross domestic product fell 0.4 percent in the July-September period, the Central Bureau of Statistics said. The 50-day Operation Protective Edge against the Islamist group, which saw a steady stream of Hamas rockets fired …

Nov 13 '14 / EIPA Updates

A public row has erupted between the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency over whether or not the army’s top brass receive a warning prior to the outbreak of this summer’s Gaza conflict. Following the 50-day operation, an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire has largely kept the peace. However, the sudden barrage of Gaza rocket fire which precipitated Operation …

Oct 15 '14 / EIPA Updates

The first truck-loads of cement and steel, earmarked for the rebuilding of homes in the Gaza Strip in the wake of Operation Protective Edge, entered the Strip from Israel via the Kerem Shalom border crossing. Kerem Shlom is the sole commercial crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Several weeks ago, Israel agreed a mechanism with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations (UN), which would …

Jul 14 '14 / EIPA Updates

By Laurie R. Blank International law has quite a lot to say about the latest violence that has flared up between Israel and Hamas. So do the media. Unfortunately, they rarely match, leading to unfortunate — and sometimes egregious — misrepresentations. In an age when both real and perceived violations of international law have a substantial effect on the legitimacy of state action, getting it wrong …