Tag Archive for High Court

Tel Aviv has no plans to enforce Sabbath closure directive

Israel’s High Court deadline on decision – Tel Aviv must either enforce or repeal local Sabbath closure laws.

Decision looms, but so does local elections.

By Ido Efrati



Tel Aviv seems to be in no rush to begin strictly enforcing its own Sabbath closure regulations, and will likely ask for an extension on imposing the bylaw on businesses in the city that remain open between sunset Friday and sunset Saturday.

A branch of AM:PM in Tel Aviv.

The AM:PM chain of convenience stores in Tel Aviv will have to close on Shabbat following Supreme Court ruling. – Photo: Ofer Vaknin

On June 25, in response to a petition by seven Tel Aviv grocers, the High Court of Justice ordered the municipality to decide between fully enforcing the rule or rescinding it. Continue Reading »

Gov’t request High Court to uphold prisoner release, despite terror victims’ petition


The State believes prisoner release gives Israel potential for improving security situation hence the gov’t files request to squash recent ‘Almagor Petition’ to block mid-August terrorists’ release from prison.




The state on Wednesday asked the High Court of Justice to uphold its decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, including some of the worst murderers with “blood on their hands” in custody to the Palestinian Authority on August 13 as part of the recently renewed peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Demonstration against the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Demonstration against the release of Palestinian prisoners. – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

The state’s request was filed in response to a recent petition by the Almagor Terror Victims Association to block the prisoner release deal by preventing President Shimon Peres and OC Central Command Maj.-Gen.

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High Court recommends IDF cease using white phosphorus weapons

High Court recognized the IDF reduced use of white phosphorous after receiving harsh criticism for its use during Operation Cast Lead.



The High Court of Justice on Sunday recommended the IDF cease all use of white phosphorus (WP) for creating smoke screens during military operations.

White phosphorus bombs exploding over Gaza city

White phosphorus bombs exploding over Gaza city – Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

The recommendation was non-binding, however, as the court recognized that the IDF’s current commitment to eliminate its use in the urban warfare context and to reduce its general use moved the Army’s position significantly toward that of petitioners, NGO Yesh Din.

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African nations agreed to receive African infiltrators from Israel


PM’s envoy to Africa, submits affidavit to High Court of Justice detailing how the Israel is working with 4 other African nations, which will help repatriate illegal African migrants.

Rights groups call gov’t plan a “smokescreen to prolong detention.”

By Edna Adato



Israel has reached an agreement with an unnamed African nation willing to absorb a portion of the African migrants residing in Israel illegally, an affidavit submitted to the High Court of Justice by the prime minister’s chief representative on the matter revealed.

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IDF tells High Court: Phosphorous shells use only in 2 exceptional cases

Yesh Gvul contends IDF’s  use of phosphorous shells in 2009 Gaza op was ‘illegal & immoral’


IDF answers petition to High Court saying will use incendiary munitions in urban areas only in ‘extreme cases.’ 

By Aviel Magnezi


The IDF will refrain from using white phosphorous shells in populated areas, the State informed the High Court of Justice on Monday in response to a petition filed by human rights groups asking to ban the incendiary munitions.

White Phosphorus (WP) - YouYube screenshot

White Phosphorus (WP) – YouYube screenshot

However, the army said it would continue to use the shells in two exceptional cases, which were specified to the court behind closed doors. Continue Reading »

Ethiopians seek compensation for loved ones who perished making Aliyah

Ethiopian groups turn to High Court seeking reparation for family members who died en route to Israel.

Groups point to State negligence during aliyah operation as leading to ‘tragedy’.

Aviel Magnezi


The State initiated the aliyah of Ethiopian Jews, and hence it must compensate families whose loved one’s perished along the way, claim representatives of the Ethiopian community who filed a like minded High Court petition Thursday.

הפגנה של יהודי אתיופיה ב-1987 להעלאת קרוביהם (צילום: מגי איילון, לע"מ)

Protest demanding aliyah of remaining Ethiopians – Photo: Megi Eylon

According to the petition, the aliyah of Ethiopian Jews in the beginning of the 80’s, was undertaken under the auspices of the State of Israel and it is responsible for its sloppy execution. Continue Reading »