'Supreme Court made bereavement and terror equal'

Defense Minister slams Supreme Court allowing PA Arabs to participate in 'joint' Memorial Day event. 'Instead of unity - division.'

Ido Ben Porat,

Flash 90

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the Supreme Court ruling allowing Arabs to enter Israel to attend an “Israeli-Palestinian memorial day ceremony,” to be held tonight, the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, in Tel Aviv by radical leftist organizations.

"This morning, the Supreme Court created equality for bereavement and terror, murderers and the murdered. The court's decision affects the most national and unifying day for the people of Israel. The final result: Instead of unity, division, "Liberman said.

The statements come as Supreme Court judges on Tuesday canceled Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's decision preventing PA Arabs from Judea and Samaria from participating in the ceremony, which he had said was “not a memorial ceremony, but a demonstration of bad taste and insensitivity that harms the bereaved families who are dear to us."

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 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 organizers of the ceremony, the leftist groups “Combatants for Peace” and the “Parents Circle Families Forum,” said in response: "We are happy that the court has made it clear that the defense minister also has limits and that he has to keep his sense of taste to himself. Liberman will not tell bereaved families how to mark their pain."