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Unmasking the Freeze

The 26 September 2010 brings a formal end to the ten-month Israeli moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank. Israeli government officials have stated that once the moratorium comes to an end, construction in the West Bank is expected to resume at its previous rate. However, in light of its terms and its application in practice, the moratorium itself amounts to nothing more than a hollow political gesture in the form of an alleged “freeze,” whilst Israel’s illegal settlement activity continues almost unabated. This opinion paper discusses Israel’s practices and policies of settlement construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and examines the legal implications of Israel’s policies and the nature of the ensuing obligations of the international community.

Unlawful Killing: The Assassination of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by the Israeli Occupying Forces

This Al-Haq report examines the policy of assassination of Palestinian activists and leaders by the Israeli occupying forces. With short descriptions of over two dozen cases ofassassinations, the study also outlines Israel's justification of the concerned policy. By thoroughly referencing international humanitarian laws and conventions as legal criterion to assess Israel's assassination policy, the report concludes that such a form of execution without trial is a war crime, and a crime against humanity. This comprehensive study includes suggested measures to be taken by various parties in response to Israel's assassination policy.

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