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פורום המרצות והמרצים למשפטים למען הדמוקרטיה

منتدى محاضري القانون من أجل الديمقراطية

The Israeli Law Professors’ Forum for Democracy

פורום המרצות והמרצים למשפטים למען הדמוקרטיה

منتدى محاضري القانون من أجل الديمقراطية

The Israeli Law Professors’ Forum for Democracy

Israeli international law experts: taking hostages is a blatant violation of international law

עודכן: 10 באוק׳ 2023

The following is an open letter sent by Israeli international law experts, some of whom are members of the Israeli Law Professors' Forum for Democracy.

October 9, 2023 In the early morning hours of October 7, 2023, Hamas militants entered Israel. They intentionally killed hundreds of civilians. They also took dozens of hostages to the Gaza strip, including women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities. These actions constitute gross violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law, amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We stress that all parties to an armed conflict must comply with norms of international law in general and the law of armed conflict in particular, including the prohibition on indiscriminate attacks and measures targeting civilians. The taking of hostages is a blatant violation of international law. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. Pending their release, they are all entitled to be treated with humanity and respect. This includes the receipt of proper medical care and supply of essential medication for those who need it, and the provision of information regarding the hostages and means of communication with them. We call upon the international community, including all states and relevant international organizations to pressure those holding the hostages to release them all immediately.

Dr. Shelly Aviv Yeini

Prof. Eliav Lieblich

Prof. Orna Ben-Naftali

Dr. Doreen Lustig

Prof. Eyal Benvenisti

Prof. Itamar Mann

Dr Ziv Bohrer

Dr. Tamar Megiddo

Prof. Tomer Broude

Dr. Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen

Prof. Iris Canor

Prof. Yaël Ronen

Professor Amichai Cohen

Dr. Ido Rosenzweig

Dr. Natalie Davidson

Prof. Robbie Sabel

Prof. Aeyal Gross

Dr. Michal Saliternik

Prof. Guy Harpaz

Prof. Yuval Shany

Prof. Moshe Hirsch

Dr. Yahli Shereshevsky

Prof. Tamar Hostovsky Brandes

Dr. Sivan Shlomo Agon

Professor Alexandre (Sandy) Kedar

Dr. Dana Wolf

Prof. (Emeritus) David Kretzmer

Dr. Ariel Zemach




Intl law experts open letter on hostages 9 Oct 23
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