The attack on Jabaliya: The subtle limits of international law

Video footage from Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip shows deep craters and burned buildings. People looked for survivors in the rubble. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the Israeli army attack last night. According to an Israel Defense Forces statement, the attack targeted Hamas commander Ibrahim Biari, who was involved in the October 7 massacre in Israel. He and about 50 terrorists were killed, the Israeli army said. The Hamas tunnel also collapsed as a result of the bombing. According to Palestinian information, it turns out that many civilians were also victims of the attack. “This is a tragedy of war,” Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht told CNN. To what extent are attacks on densely populated areas legitimate under international law? And is it possible to fight an organization like Hamas in accordance with international law? These questions are answered Matthias Hartwig from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and international law on the podcast.

Asylum seekers are expected to be able to work in Germany more quickly. The federal cabinet decided on this on Wednesday. These new rules impact foreigners and asylum seekers who are tolerated. Tolerant communities – currently about 250,000 people – generally must obtain work permits. Asylum seekers in initial reception centers should be allowed to work after six months, not nine months. On the one hand, the federal government wants to reduce spending on social benefits and at the same time create greater acceptance of asylum seekers among society. This decision is part of the migration package. The package also includes, among other things, new regulations that have been adopted to speed up the deportation of rejected asylum seekers.

Also in the podcast: Thousands of Afghans are currently leaving Pakistan for their homeland. The backdrop to this mass exodus was the Pakistani government’s announcement. A month ago it was decided that around 1.7 million Afghans who do not have the right to remain must leave the country starting today.

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