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Limits to the powers of Palestinian Security Agencies to Detain Palestinian Civilians

This study came about as a result of a thorough review of the complaints documented by Al-Haq regarding alleged violations by the Palestinian security services during the period of Palestinian division. Al-Haq’s interventions and follow-up revealed broad ignorance of the law in addition to indifference from both the security services themselves and the Palestinian civilian. Therefore the study sought to clarify the relevant legal issues arising from detention and the inherent rights guaranteed within Palestinian legislation from the moment of detention until presentation before a competent court. The study also addresses the detention centers recognized by law and the legal safeguards during detention. Through this study Al-Haq’s seeks to raise awareness among the Palestinian security services and the general public and to promote rule of law and good governance in the security sector.

Legitimising the Illegitimate

Since the extension of the jurisdiction of the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) to encompass the OPT very early on in the occupation, Palestinians have been petitioning the Court regularly, with generally little positive effect. This short study seeks to tackle broadly the issues and concerns facing all those charged with legally protecting the rights of Palestinians. From this analysis it becomes apparent that more often than not, in matters relating to the OPT, the Court misconstrues norms and provisions of international law essential to the protection of the Palestinian civilian population or simply fails to address them. Instead, it tends to endorse the position of the Israeli military and government authorities through flawed and often politically subservient legal reasoning.

Legal Consequences of the Demolition of Houses by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

This study summarises the issues surrounding the demolition and sealing of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) by Israeli military forces, allegedly for security reasons. This destruction is analysed as a violation of property and due process rights as well as a form of collective punishment of Palestinians in the OPT. Such an international crime carries with it serious consequences, including compensation for the victims.

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