Supreme Court Rules:
Arabs will participate in 'joint memorial ceremony'

Supreme Court cancels Defense Minister's decision to ban PA Arabs from participating in 'Israeli-Palestinian memorial day event.'

Ido Ben Porat,

Esther Hayut
Esther Hayut
Hille Meir/TPS

Supreme Court judges on Tuesday canceled Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's decision preventing PA Arabs from Judea and Samaria from participating in an “joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony” organized by radical leftists in Tel Aviv.

The panel of judges was headed by Supreme Court President Esther Hayut.

The court ordered the entry of 90 Arabs to attend the ceremony, subject to individual inspection in order to prevent harm to public security.

"The granting of entry permits to the joint ceremony was made possible in previous years, in legal accordance with notices and the procedures of the respondents, and the professional echelon - the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - also believed this year that Palestinians should be permitted to attend the ceremony."

"The decision of the defense minister does not take into account the reality created over the years and the legitimate expectations of the ceremony participants, and even completely ignores the harm to the feelings of the bereaved families' and the public seeking to carry it out in the manner in which it took place over the years," the judges ruled.

The ruling comes after Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman banned the entry of 110 PA Arabs invited to a “joint memorial ceremony” for Israelis and Arabs, to take place Tuesday night, the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers.

Liberman explained his decision, saying, "I won't aid and abet desecration of Memorial Day. It's not a memorial ceremony, but a demonstration of bad taste and insensitivity that harms the bereaved families who are dear to us."

Organizers of the event subsequently appealed the decision, leading to the Supreme Court’s rejection of the order today.








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