Racist Israeli Supreme Court Decisions - Stephen Lendman
Israeli Supreme Court rules Arabs are unequal and unwanted.
Two recent Israeli High Court rulings follow a disturbing trend. On January 11, divided justices ruled 6 - 5 for Israel's Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law.
It denies citizenship rights to Palestinians with Israeli spouses. Enacted in 2003 as temporary legislation, it was extended twice after its initial expiration date.
The law empowers the interior minister to grant citizenship only if affected Palestinians identify strongly and cooperate with Israel. They must also contribute to national security. As a result, few qualify.
In addition, it limits potential eligibility to Palestinian husbands 36 or older and Palestinian wives at least 26.
A Qara village attorney called the decision a "declaration of war on Israeli Arabs." A mixed couple said the decision "will lead to the expulsion of thousands of families from the country."
The Palestinian wife of another mixed couple got temporary permit permission to live with her husband in Acre without legal rights extended Israeli citizens. Her husband, a Haifa University doctoral candidate, wasn't surprised by the ruling, saying:
"The decision is proof that one shouldn't have faith in the Israeli judicial system. It is clear that the Supreme Court is influenced by the wave of fascism and racism sweeping Israel, and the judges weren't expected to act any other way."
According to Physicians for Human Rights/Israel 's Shahar Shoham:
"Apart from the fundamental violation of Arab Israeli rights, the law will create a reality in which thousands of people who are married to Israeli citizens will continue to live without any civil status or social rights."
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) called Israel's judicial system "biased against Palestinians."
Courts often impose procedural and financial barriers. Israel's government "imposes physical barriers on effective access of Palestinian victims to the Israeli courts. As a result, they're deprived of redress under international law.
Nonetheless, PCHR pursues justice, including for 100 Cast Lead victims. Their most significant obstacle involves requiring civil case claimants "to pay a court insurance fee or bank guarantee of 20,000 NIS (new Israeli shekels) before the court will allow the case to proceed."
The sum equals about $5,200. In nearly all cases, it's unaffordable. Impoverished Palestinians struggle daily to get by.
Nonetheless, if funds aren't paid withing 60 - 120 days, claims are dismissed. PCHR petitioned the High Court to dismiss this onerous burden. However, it agreed with prosecutorial demands. It also sided with state crimes and anti-human rights policies.