Court overturns Liberman’s decision to ban 90 Palestinians from attending memorial ceremony

With just a few hours left until the Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled to allow 90 Palestinians who live in the West Bank to enter Israel so that they can attend the ceremony. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided last week to ban them from attending the event.
Palestinians attending the 2015 ceremony Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

On Tuesday, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s decision to ban 90 Palestinians from entering Israel to attend a memorial service in Tel Aviv for bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families. The service is slated for this evening, as Israel begins to mark Yom Hazikaron, the national memorial day for fallen soldiers and terror victims.

Liberman decided to ban the Palestinians from entering Israel ahead of the ceremony last week, sparking outrage among the event’s organizers, the Parents Circle-Families Forum and Combatants for Peace. In response, the two NGOs appealed his decision. In her ruling, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut wrote that Liberman did not consider the expectations of the bereaved families who attend the ceremony.

Liberman, however, condemned the court’s ruling, saying that it created “equality between bereavement and terror, between murder victims and murderers.” According to Liberman: “The court’s decision harms the most patriotic and unifying day for the Israeli nation. The end result: instead of unification—division.”



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