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Israeli minister orders extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia

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Lengthy legal saga over child abuse allegations has tested relations between the two countries

Israel’s justice minister has signed an extradition order for Malka Leifer, giving government backing to a decade-long effort by accusers of the alleged child abuser to have her brought back to Melbourne.

“I have now signed Malka Leifer’s extradition order to Australia,” Avi Nissenkorn wrote on Twitter. “After many years, after a shameful attempt to present herself as mentally ill, and in light of the supreme court ruling, it is our moral duty to allow for Leifer to stand trial.”

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Australian authorities tells ICC it mustn’t examine alleged struggle crimes in...

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Prosecutor rejects Australia’s argument International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction because Palestine is ‘not a state’

The Australian government has told the International Criminal Court it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine because Palestine is “not a state”, arguing the court prosecutor’s investigation into alleged attacks on civilians, torture, attacks on hospitals, and the use of human shields, should be halted on jurisdictional grounds.

Australia was lobbied to make the submission to the court by Israel, which is not a party to the court. But the office of the prosecutor has rejected Australia’s argument, saying it had not formally challenged Palestine’s right to be a party to the court before.

Related: Netanyahu calls for sanctions over ICC war crimes investigation

Related: ICC to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes

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Czech Home, feted as ‘first step’ in embassy transfer, opens in...

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Czech House, feted as 'first step' in embassy move, opens in Jerusalem  The Times of Israel

Netanyahu cuts ribbon for new center alongside visiting Czech President Zeman, who calls it a 'candle against the darkness'

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