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Response to coalition proposal to triple cost for Palestinians petitioning the High Court

0 Comments 29 November 2017

MK Yoav Kish, do not forget what it means to be a Jew. Let us not forget the verse:

“You shall have one law for stranger and citizen alike; for I am the LORD your God.”- Leviticus 24:22

“Israel Supreme Court” by israeltourism – Flickr: Israel Supreme Court. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons –

The media has recently reported that a number of coalition MKs, led by Yoav Kish, are seeking to triple the cost of fees paid by non-Israelis or the organizations representing them to petition the High Court of Justice. In explaining the proposed law, the MKs are not ashamed to state the intention is to make it difficult for Palestinians to petition the High Court of Justice. These lawmakers present the numerous petitions against the demolition of Palestinian homes as a form of “legal intifada” against Israel, rather than an expression of the distress created by a discriminatory planning system in which almost all Palestinian development in Area C is blocked — even on private land— and where residents have no representation or say. The MKs argue that the petitions weigh heavily on the legal system, but this is a weak excuse – the legal system will not collapse under the burden of many cases but simply needs to be expanded. Of course, it shouldn’t harm the right for  due legal processes for the most excluded and vulnerable populations living under Israel’s control.

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