News Brief 9/16/2013, Tishrei 12, 5774
Supreme Court: Jailing Illegal Infiltrators ‘Unconstitutional’
Israel’s 2012 law allowing courts to jail illegal entrants for up to three years without trial is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has ruled.
While Israel does not have a formal constitution, the Supreme Court has traditionally ruled laws “unconstitutional” if they conflict with Israel’s Basic Laws, which are intended as the eventual basis of a constitution. In this case, the Court ruled that the law in question violates Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.