Mark Kaplan, PR director of Justice Now!
Mark Kaplan, PR director of Justice Now!Israel news photo: INN TV

Members of the non-governmental group (NGO) “Justice Now!” claim that U.S. President Barack Obama's policy against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria violates internationally recognized treaties, and they are threatening to take legal action.

Justice Now! reported it has gathered the evidence necessary to file a case in the United States against the U.S. government's “continued violations of the treaties that recognize Israel's rights to its internationally recognized legal borders, the prohibition against ceding any land belonging to the Jewish National Home, and supporting the right of Jewish settlement within those internationally recognized borders.”

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Justice Now! aims to “educate the world” regarding the legal borders of the Jewish national home, which it says comprises all Israel, including all of Judea, Samaria, the Gaza Strip, the entire city of Jerusalem, and more.

These borders were recognized by the United States in a 1924 treaty with Great Britain, the group explains, and they are still guaranteed by that treaty. Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution calls a treaty the "Supreme Law of the Land" and the Courts have the power to force the federal executive branch (President, Secretary of State, etc.) to honor treaties. Justice Now! says it may seek a court ruling to compel the U.S. government to recognize Israel's sovereignty through all of the borders expressed within the Balfour, San Remo, and Mandate documents.

Letter to Obama

Justice Now! says it intends to send a letter to the Obama administration urging it to respect Israel's rights under international law to settle and build within all of the lands of the Jewish homeland.

The group's experts are currently giving a series of lectures on the subject (in English) on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the OU Israel Center, 22 Keren HaYesod Avenue, Jerusalem. The next lectures are:

  • Sept 16: Jerusalem under International Law.
  • Sept 23: Is it really an occupation? A look at the Geneva Conventions and Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria.
  • Sept 30: Israel's rights to build the Security Fence, or Why Build a Fence Through the Middle of Your Own Backyard

More detailed information is available on the organization's web site.