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Israeli war crimes: 75 children killed in day of ‘carnage’

Israeli war crimes: 75 children killed in day of ‘carnage’

Israeli forces have been accused of carrying out war crimes during a day of “carnage” in the Gaza Strip that has been called Black Friday.

A report by Amnesty International on alleged atrocities in Rafah during last year’s conflict with Hamas claims Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of a soldier.

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, was with a unit searching for tunnels between Gaza and Israel when a fight started with militants and he disappeared on 1 August 2014.

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International’s Middle East programme, claimed that the “relentless and massive bombardment” that ensured in residential areas of Rafah was a direct response to the capture and displayed a “shocking disregard for civilian lives”.

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Unacceptable decision: Israel’s HCJ approves deportation of Nadia Abu al-Jamal and her children

Unacceptable decision: Israel’s HCJ approves deportation of Nadia Abu al-Jamal and her children

On 22 July 2015 Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) allowed the state to deport Nadia Abu al-Jamal – and effectively, her three children as well – from their home in East Jerusalem. Justices Rubinstein, Joubran and Hendel dismissed the argument that the decision should be struck down, inter alia for being vengeful measure. They also denied the possibility of rescinding the deportation on humanitarian grounds. At the request of Israeli human rights NGO HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, the state agreed to defer the deportation until after the Muslim festival of ‘Eid al-Adha which will be celebrated in early October.

The justices issued a short, two-paragraph ruling. The legal argument boils down to a single sentence, in itself a quote from a judgment handed down more than a decade ago: “This court has already ruled that under such circumstances, in the absence of a family unit ‘a foreign resident does not have a right to receive status in Israel by virtue of his children, because a minor is dependent on his parents and his parents are not dependent on him' (Justice Hayut), all based on previous judgments”.

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