Israeli Supreme Court rejects indefinite detention for migrants refusing deportation to 3rd country

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled today that the state is allowed to deport migrants with consent to a third country. South Tel Aviv residents slammed the court’s decision to not allow the detention of migrants for more than 60 days for refusing such deportation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated that they will amend the Deportation Law in order to enable deportation without the migrants’ consent.
Migrants in Israel Photo Credit: Dorit Yurdan Dotan/Channel 2 News

Earlier today (Monday), the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition against deporting migrants with consent to a third country, determining that the state is allowed to do so. Dozens of people are participating this evening in a demonstration in South Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan neighborhood in protest of the court’s ruling that prohibits imprisoning migrants for more than two months for refusing such deportation. The protest’s leader, Sheffi Paz, stated during the demonstration that she calls upon the Israeli government to quickly amend the Deportation Law in order to bypass the court’s decision.

“We have been waging this battle for 10 years and it concerns our existence,” Paz said. “The government tries to pass laws and the Supreme Court rejects, twists and distorts. There are arranged agreements with African countries and the Supreme Court even approved them. It can’t on the one hand say that deportation is allowed but on the other hand, say that there is no way to do so. The moment that the Supreme Court lifts the sanctions, there is no more to be done.”

Protesters in favor of refugee Removal Law in South Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling stating that there is a need to strengthen the enforcement issue concerning migrants. “The policy rests on three legs: The fence we installed in the south that completely stopped the migrants, the agreement with African countries to transport the migrants to them and the enforcement issue – we’ll need to amend the legislation in order to enable the implementation of these agreements.”

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked also criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling, stating that she intends to work together with Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on an amendment that will allow for deportation without the migrants’ consent.

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