The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued judgments in two appeals concerning EU counterterrorism sanctions against Hamas and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers).
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Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.
Last week’s news that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have entered into a new pact with former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan appeared to signal a new phase not only in Palestinian politics but in the wider Palestinian-Israeli and Arab regional arena. What once seemed unthinkable has become a reality, as the balance of power shifts due to the current Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis with Qatar.
In an interesting examination of the role of social media platforms and terrorism, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed two related complaints against Facebook on Thursday, May 18.
Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed two lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook liable for the use of its platform to coordinate and encourage violent attacks by users linked to Hamas in 2015, holding that Facebook was protected from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The opinion grants Facebook's motion to dismiss in two cases, Cohen v. Facebook and Force v.
A Critical Analysis of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict
Despite the many tumultuous events that have transpired in both the Middle East and the rest of the world since 2014, the conflict that erupted during that summer between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, particularly fighting involving Hamas in Gaza, continues to have importance with respect to the politics of the region, as well as the law and policy in the conduct of armed operations by all sides.
The Washington Post has this report today on how information operations work in modern conflict. Hamas has been trolling Israeli soldiers on social media in order to gain personal information about them -- presumably for subsequent use in ways that support Hamas' side of the conflict. Here's the opening:
In late 2014, the General Court of the European Union (GC) annulled, on due process grounds, several measures that kept Hamas and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) on the EU terrorism sanctions list.
Israel has recently signaled that it intends to increase its efforts to disrupt Hamas’ attempts to tap into the funds and resources of international aid organizations operating in Gaza. But the criminal proceedings initiated by the Israeli authorities against two aid workers accused of helping Hamas have been met with international criticism, and in one of the cases, with a UN legal challenge. In this post, I consider the UN’s claim that a UNDP official charged with assisting Hamas should be granted immunity from prosecution.
The last few months have seen a spree of lawsuits filed against social media companies for allegedly providing material support to terrorists groups, particularly ISIS, by effectively allowing those groups to use their systems.
From the creators of Homeland and Heroes, comes a fascinating lawsuit that asks whether Hamas’s attacks on Israel are “war” or “terrorism.” And it is all wrapped up in a run-of-the-mill insurance dispute.