Knesset to debate banning left-wing NGOs from petitioning Supreme Court

The bill, if it passes, would prohibit human rights groups from petitioning against illegal outposts in the West Bank on behalf of Palestinians.
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The Knesset on Sunday will vote on a bill intended to limit the ability of left-wing NGOs to file petitions with the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of Palestinians.

The new legislation was proposed following a succession of petitions filed recently by human rights groups such as Yesh Din and Peace Now to evacuate illegal outposts in the West Bank.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a petition against the Amona outpost, leading to its evacuation and demolition in February.

The bill proposes to prohibit any person, organization or public authority from petitioning with the Supreme Court against an issue which doesn't affect them personally.

David Shain, the head of Likud Youth who initiated the bill, said "radical left-wing groups" have been filing petitions against settlements "despite having nothing to do with the issue whatsoever."

"We've reached an absurd situation in which anyone can file a petition with the Supreme Court about anything," Shain added.

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