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Will joining the ICC finally lead to justice?

Jeff Handmaker and Friederycke Haijer

ICCal-Araby English

Date of publication 2 February, 2015

It has its critics and its cynics. But despite the limitations, the move to the ICC is full of potential for Palestinians looking for accountability and an institution looking for relevance outside Africa. For the full article, read here.



Faculty and administrative staff at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (Campus The Hague), have signed on to an OPEN  LETTER, addressed to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

One of those reporting on the destruction of Gaza is ISS PhD scholar Mohammed Omer, including this contribution in The Nation.

The letter calls on the Dutch government to officially implement the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in response to the current destruction in Gaza. The text of the letter reads as follows:

From:  The staff of International Institute of Social Studies

Date: 31 July 2014

Dear Prime Minister Rutte,
Foreign Affair Minister Timmermans, and
Members of the Cabinet and House of Representatives

We address you as a group of employees, faculty members, PhD students and researchers of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), in The Hague. The ISS is an educational, research and policy institution, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.  We belong to very diverse disciplinary backgrounds, but we all equally share social justice as a major inspiration of our work. As teachers and researchers, administrators, managers, students, policy analysts and practitioners, we take social justice as our political position towards the world around us.


On 8 May 2014, at 6 pm, ISS will host Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

RTEmagicC_Kevorkian.jpgThe title of her talk will be:

“Palestinian Women and Israel’s Settler Colonialism: The case of Occupied East Jerusalem” by

The event is being organised by ISS Scholas, International Relations Committee and Gender Committee in collaboration with the Dutch NGO Palestine Link.

Dr. Jeff Handmaker (ISS) will moderate the event.

Here you will find more information about the event.

N.B. For background information, see the following video (raw footage) of Ilegal settlers raiding Im Nabil’s home in East Jerusalem

Researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR) dr. Jeff Handmaker, Prof. dr. Karin Arts and Prof. dr. Irene van Staveren have published an article that outlines their concerns about the legality and economic risk of investments held by the Dutch pension fund ABP.

ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands, is implicated in serious violations of international law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories through its investments in certain financial institutions and companies.

Original English publication:  Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts and Irene van Staveren, ‘Dutch firm’s settlement investments violate the law and must end’, The Electronic Intifada, 18 February 2014

Dutch version: Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts en Irene van Staveren, ‘ABP investeringen in illegale nederzettingen zijn juridische en economische risico’s’, Nederlands versie: 25 februari 2014.

Version published in Financieele Dagblad (ingezonden brief), “ABP en Nederzettingen”


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(Reposted from the website of LAW — originally published on 04 June 2013)

Source: http://legalactionworldwide.org/bilin-vs-green-park-palestinians-seek-justice-at-the-un-against-canada/

Bil’in vs Green Park: Palestinians seek Justice at the UN against Canada

Bil’in vs Green Park: Palestinians seek Justice at the UN against Canada

Residents of Bil’in village have filed an individual complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee against Canada for its failure for its failure to prevent two Canadian corporations from engaging in human rights violations related to settlement construction in Palestine.

The Petition filed on 18th March 2013 argued that Canada has violated its extra-territorial obligation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)  and is in breach of five separate articles due to its failure to hold two Canadian Corporations- Green Park and Green Mount International accountable for the construction and selling of confiscated Bil’in land.

“They don’t respect the international law when they [are] coming and building settlements with illegal methods in our lands,” explained Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee.


Photo: Stan van Houcke

Photo: Stan van Houcke

Report Released

Rights for All Newsletter by the London-based organisation Christian Aid

Entitled Rights for All, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory newsletter for June, the Newsletter highlights the range of work being carried out by Israeli and Palestinian organisations in the area of equal rights, and in particular on discrimination, land and displacement, women’s rights and freedom of expression. Clickable links for further information are included in the text.

RfA newsletter June2013


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