Israel recruits foreign interns to assist in Int’l Court charges against Hamas, PA leaders

Jerusalem Institute of Justice CEO says dozens of foreign legal interns will be hosted to assist in bringing International Criminal Court charges against Hamas & PA leaders, as part of a program promoting human rights and the rule of ‎law.

By Yair Altman


An initiative by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎hosts dozens of foreign legal interns a year as part ‎of Israel’s international public diplomacy efforts. ‎ The program was launched in 2010 as part of the ‎JIJ’s vision to promote human rights, the rule of ‎law, and the freedom of thought, conscience and ‎democracy. ‎

Since then, the institute has been hosting interns from around ‎the world who have an academic background in ‎international law, administration and politics, and ‎who are actively involved in research projects ‎focusing on human rights in the Middle East from an ‎Israeli perspective.‎

Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎volunteers at the International Criminal Court ‎in The Hague – Screenshot: Twitter

CEO of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice Flavia ‎Sevald said one of the activities the interns ‎recently pursued was “filing a motion for an ‎International Criminal Court investigation against ‎Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for crimes against ‎humanity and human rights violations. ‎

‎”We are currently preparing to file for ICC action ‎against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud ‎Abbas. Without the interns gathering testimonies we ‎wouldn’t be able to promote such initiatives,” she ‎said.

Alexandra Mogrin, 24, a volunteer from Brussels who is ‎involved in the emerging case against Abbas, said ‎she chose the program because she “wanted a ‎background in human rights, and just reading the news in ‎Belgium offered me no understanding of what is ‎really happening here.”‎

She said most people have a skewed view of the ‎Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is why they find ‎it easier to pick sides.‎

‎”We in Europe don’t have a very positive view of Israel, and it [Israel] is constantly being condemned, by bodies like the United Nations, which the ‎media underscores. It was important for me ‎to formulate my own opinion and not simply believe what I was told,” she said.


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