Rights Groups Denounce Israeli Court’s Rejection of Petition to Allow Gazans Entry into Israel to Attend Court Hearings

GAZA, December 20, 2014 (WAFA) – Several human rights organizations denounced the Israeli high court’s rejection of a petition filed against Israel’s policy of preventing residents of Gaza who have submitted compensation lawsuits for damages against the Israeli military.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported in a press release published on its website that, “On 16 December 2014, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected a petition submitted by human rights organizations against Israel’s policy of preventing residents of Gaza who have submitted compensation lawsuits for damages against the Israeli military, and their witnesses, from entering Israel to attend their own court hearings.”

Adalah filed the petition in 2012 in cooperation with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel on behalf of four individuals from Gaza who filed tort lawsuits against the Israeli military for killings, injuries and extensive property damages and whose requests for permission to enter Israel to pursue their cases were repeatedly denied.

“Supreme Court decision provides clear cut evidence of total injustice for Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes. It declares boldly and unequivocally from the highest judicial level that the system is boycotting the victims, and not vice versa,’ Raji Sourani, the Director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights stated in response to the decision.

‘With this decision, the court shamefully states that Palestinians have no other choice to achieve justice and dignity but through international justice mechanisms,’ he added.

Meanwhile, Adalah’s General Director Attorney Hassan Jabareen stated that, “The decision also contradicts claims made by the Israeli Foreign Ministry before the courts of European states that Palestinians have the opportunity to submit lawsuits to the Israeli courts and that there is therefore no need for foreign courts to decide on this matter.”

 

 

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