A-G: Terrorist Relatives' Expulsion Bill unconstitutional

Justice Ministry officials repeat and clarify the Attorney General's position regarding the bill to expel relatives of terrorists.

Shlomo Pyutrekovsky,

Flash 90

Justice Ministry officials published an unusual statement Monday, which repeated and clarified the Attorney General's position regarding the proposed bill for expulsion of terrorists' relatives, as the A-G stated it before the Cabinet yesterday.

"The Attorney General's position regarding the bill, as it was presented before the government ministers, is that the authority that it seeks to legislate would do serious harm to the liberty and property of the relatives who are to be expelled, due to an act committed by another member of the family and without proof that they themselves pose any danger," the officials stated.

Advancement of the proposed bill would be unconstitutional, the officials said. "In addition, the bill creates meaningful difficulties in the international sphere."

And yet, the officials claim, accusations that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is somehow undermining state security by stating this position are "baseless."

"The Attorney General and his representatives work hand in hand with the security bodies in helping the diplomatic echelon to preserve the state's security," the statement added. All this – "while maintaining the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state that operates according to law."

The proposed bill would mnake it possible to expel relatives of terrorists from their home communities to other communities in Judea and Samaria.