Sunday, July 8, 2007

Israeli Arab attorney appointed to Hague international court

By Yoav Stern
An Israeli Arab attorney was appointed as a prosecutor to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague.

Marwan Dalal, an attorney with Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, will begin his work at the international court later this month.

Dalal will be the first Arab Israeli to serve in such an important international legal forum, in which only a few Israelis have ever served. ...

Dalal has been a senior attorney at Adalah and worked in the organization since its inception close to a decade ago. He has represented Adalah in trials against the IDF and the State.

Among the cases Dalal was involved in were those involving the destruction of Palestinian homes, the killing of civilians by the IDF and the "neighbor policy," a tactic in which a neighbor was used as a shield to force barricaded Palestinian militants to surrender. He was also involved in the investigation against those suspected in the killing of 13 Arab citizens during the riots of October 2000.

Not clear from this story whether Israel endorsed Mr. Dalal for the job.
I endorse the development of human rights advocacy within Israel, both in Jewish and Arab sectors. New Israel Fund has been a big factor in that arena, although I'm not sure whether it supports this particular organization.

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