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Daily Briefing Feb. 21: Day 138 – Israel in the dock at World Court over ‘apartheid’

Jeremy Sharon on 6-day hearings at The Hague on the legal status of Israel’s West Bank rule; Canaan Lidor on what he’s found onsite along the Lebanon and Gaza borders

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is Day 138 of the war. Reporters Jeremy Sharon and Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Monday saw the start of six days of hearings in The Hague’s International Court of Justice over the UN General Assembly’s request for an advisory opinion on the “legal consequences” of Israel’s 56-year rule in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. We hear what has been said so far.

Israel ‘s Judicial Selection Committee has met — and has appointed judges — for the first time in nearly two years. Sharon explains why two slots on the Supreme Court remain unfilled.

A Palestinian artist who has in the past exhibited with renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested on last week during a search conducted by an IDF reservist battalion looking for weapons in a West Bank Bedouin village. Sharon delves into the case and shares why this is hardly an isolated matter.

Lidor was in Kiryat Shmona yesterday, near Israel’s border with Lebanon. Inside the evacuated city, several stalwarts remain. Who are they?

Earlier in the week, Lidor accompanied the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations umbrella group’s first delegation to the south of Israel since October 7 and wrote about Eran Masas. Hear why his heroic story had the entire group crying.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog February 21, 2024

At World Court, South Africa says Israeli ‘apartheid’ surpasses its own sordid past

Israel accused of repressing basic Palestinian freedoms in ICJ hearing on West Bank rule

Palestinian artist who exhibited with Ai Weiwei arrested during IDF West Bank search

In Safed, a deadly rocket salvo fails to rattle deeply rooted residents

On Oct. 7 killing grounds, a vigilante army vet inspires grieving US Jewish leaders

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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