Court Denies Appeal Against Treatment of Migrants

The Be'er Sheva District Court declared that Israel's treatment of refugees, including deportations, is reasonable.

Matt Wanderman,

Illegal infiltrators (illustration)
Illegal infiltrators (illustration)
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The Be'er Sheva Dictrict Court dismissed an appeal against Israel's treatment of illegal infiltrators.

Leftist groups had organized a petition against the deportation or imprisonment of migrants, based on two particular individuals, according to Haaretz. Judge Eliyahu Bitan reviewed that case and declared that the appeal can only deal with two two named individuals. It "lacks essential details and is too general" to deal with all asylum seekers and migrants who have been ordered to leave Israel.

Furthermore, Judge Bitan declared the petition "premature," as there have not been any cases in which asylum seekers were jailed after deceiving deportation notices.

“I do not see room for discussing an application involving all the relevant infiltrators,” he ruled. “The state’s authority to deport infiltrators, who for various reasons cannot be returned to their own countries, to a third country that meets certain conditions is not in dispute.”

Israel has been developing agreements with other countries, including Uganda and Rwanda, to accept refugees that Israel cannot handle. Over 45,000 refugees have arrived in Israel in recent years, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan. They now make up over half of a percent of the country's total population.

There is much disagreement over how many of the migrants truly fled life-threatening conditions and how many came to Israel for the better standard of living.

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