The proposed Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People being brought before the government today is problematic not because the State of Israel is not the nation state of the Jewish people, but because Israel must not ignore the rights of its minorities and should not diminish the value of democracy. In June 2014, IDI's Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Attorney Amir Fuchs submitted a legal opinion on a version of this law, which was translated to English. The issues currently of concern have remained largely the same.
In a legal opinion against the "Israel Hayom Law," IDI's Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Tehilla Shwartz criticize the bill as impinging on freedom of the press and as an ineffective move against the challenges of the Israeli media market.
IDI, which drafted a comprehensive bill for regulating conversion in Israel together with ITIM, welcomes the government decision on conversion and takes pride in the role we played, with the full knowledge that much work still lies ahead.
Prof. Amichai Cohen, Adv. Tal Mimran, and Prof. Yuval Shany discuss the key points of the UN Security Council resolution that condemns the abuse of human rights by the Islamic State, and note important points that they believe are missing from the resolution.
Prof. Yedidia Stern examines the role of religion in the Israeli army, stressing that the supremacy of the state must be the highest order and warning that the preferences of individuals must not be allowed to take control of the public military sphere.
In an op-ed in Haaretz, IDI Vice President Yedidia Stern asserts that there is a conflict of interest between the Attorney General’s two functions—as State Attorney and State Prosecutor—and argues that the office must be split in two.
Adv. Ido Rosenzweig presents an overview of the history of the Mista’arvim— elite units of Israeli soldiers disguised as local Arabs —that analyzes the legality and implications of the use of such undercover units for law enforcement and combat operations under international law.
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