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Lebanon’s top cleric condemns Beirut violence, calls to respect judiciary

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric called on Sunday for all parties in the country to respect the independence of the judiciary, and condemned as “unacceptable” violence of the sort that erupted in Beirut last week. “We...
An Orthodox Jewish man visits Mount Meron in northern Israel, where 45 Israelis lost their lives during a stampede at a Lag B'Omer celebration, May 3, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli AG: Provisional government can launch state probe into Meron disaster

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said on Monday that there is no legal impediment to establishing a state commission of inquiry into the Lag B’Omer disaster, not even in the case of a provisional government. “Although...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in 2019. Credit: Michael Tubi/Shutterstock.

British prime minister affirms opposition to ICC war-crimes probe of Israel

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced the United Kingdom’s opposition to an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel for alleged war crimes. In an April 9 letter to the British lobby group Conservative Friends of Israel,...
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the Munich Security Conference on Feb.14, 2016. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Security Conference.

Israel to reject jurisdiction of ICC, allegations of war crimes

Israel plans to formally reject the International Criminal Court probe into alleged war crimes perpetrated by the Israel Defense Forces against Hamas in Gaza as part of “Operation Protective Edge” in the summer of...
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki. Credit: Wikipedia Hebrew.

Israel confiscates Palestinian minister’s VIP pass after he meets with ICC prosecutor

Israeli authorities confiscated the VIP border pass of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on his return to Judea and Samaria after meeting at the International Criminal Court, a Palestinian official told Reuters on Sunday. “This is the...
Meretz Party head Nitzan Horowitz participates in an event in Beersheva on Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Meretz leader justifies ICC probe of alleged Israeli war crimes

Nitzan Horowitz, head of left-wing Israeli party Meretz, said on Saturday night that there “was room” for the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate Israel for war crimes. In an interview with Channel 13‘s Ayala Hasson, Horowitz said,...
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price holds a daily press briefing on March 1, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Freddie Everett/ Public Domain.

State Department: America firmly opposes ICC war-crimes probe of Israel

The U.S. State Department said it “firmly opposes” the announcement by the International Criminal Court of the opening of its investigation into Israel and the Palestinians over war-crimes allegations. “We will continue to uphold our strong commitment...
International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in December 2019. Credit: Mike Chappazo/Shutterstock.

ICC opens war-crimes probe; Netanyahu blasts it as ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘hypocritical’

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague announced on Wednesday her intention to open an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by Israelis and Palestinians since 2014. The announcement was strongly...
One of the vases stolen by the Nazis, returned to the family of the Jewish victims. Credit: FBI.

Nazi-stolen artwork, vases returned to Jewish families in Germany after 80 years

Goods stolen by the Nazis 80 years ago were returned to descendants of their original Jewish owners in two separate cases in Germany. On Monday in Munich, nine works of art, including paintings, casts and engravings,...