Peace Now announces conference on 'legal changes in West Bank'

Leftist group says legal system's approach to Judea and Samaria has changed since Shaked took office. Shaked: 'Kudos greatly appreciated.'

Uzi Baruch,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked

Peace Now published Wednesday an invitation to a special conference to discuss what they call "legal changes in the West Bank under the Netanyahu-Shaked-Mandelblit government."

A post on the organization's Facebook page criticized the justice minister's conduct for Judea and Samaria.

"In recent years, and especially since the entry of Minister Ayelet Shaked into the Justice Ministry and the appointment of Attorney Avichai Mandelblit as attorney general, dramatic changes have taken place in the positions of the Attorney General and the State Prosecutor's Office on a number of issues related to Israel's control of the territories."

According to the radical leftist group, "These changes are part of the government's effort to apply the standards that apply within democratic Israel to the settlements located in territory held by Israel in a belligerent occupation in which a Palestinian population is without equality and without rights."

"These changes constitute a change in the rules of the game with regard to Israeli control of the territories, and they contradict the positions of the legal echelon and the Supreme Court in the past, and they reinforce the question mark hovering over the legality of Israeli control of the territories in terms of international law," the organization said.

Peace Now promised that the conference will present a report by the organization's “settlement monitoring team” reviewing the legal steps taken by the State Attorney's Office, the Justice Ministry and the Attorney General in Judea and Samaria over the past three years.

Following the announcement, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responded sarcastically on Twitter: "I thank Peace Now for the kudos. It’s not taken for granted."