What role does the Israeli judiciary play in the consolidation of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories?
Does the Israeli court provide legitimacy to the Israeli policy in the OPT and to the acts of the military government?
To what degree does the Israeli court protect the human rights of the Palestinian population under occupation?
In 1967, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since then, for more than 46 years, the Israeli courts have adjudicated claims and petitions filed by Palestinian residents of the OPT over violations of their rights. Thus, the Israeli judiciary effectively took on the role of overseeing the legality of the military government's actions.
Over the years, the courts have considered thousands of petitions, some 3,000 of them filed by HaMoked. These petitions address the measures taken by Israel to control the OPT and manage the life of the protected population – restrictions on freedom of movement, violations of the right to family life, house demolitions, the settlements, the use of administrative detention, torture, and more.
The Court Watch section examines Israeli court decisions on issues relating to the occupation. In the case commentaries, scholars from varied disciplines scrutinize the courts' engagement with these issues from the perspective of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Project Advisory Committee:
Prof. Orna Ben-Naftali, Ms. Dalia Kerstein, Dr. Menachem Klein, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Prof. Shai Lavi, Prof. Elchanan Reiner, Prof. Yossi Schwartz, Prof. Neta Ziv.