The Knesset must give a sharp response to the High Court of Justice for
canceling the Law to Prevent Illegal Migration, MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi)
said Monday at a meeting of the Knesset Caucus to Return Infiltrators to their
Shaked called for the Knesset to add a clause to Basic
Law: Human Dignity and Freedom that would strengthen the legislature.
caucus meeting came two weeks after the High Court struck down a law allowing
the country to hold African migrants for up to three years without trial. The
court panel gave the government 90 days to free the more than 2,000 migrants
held in the Saharonim detention center in the Negev, and decide whether their
status is that of asylum seekers or illegal immigrants to be
According to Shaked, the Interior Ministry is considering
quickly amending the canceled law and removing migrants from cities to an open
holding facility, while enforcing the laws forbidding their
Dr. Aviad Bakshi of the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank, said
the Knesset could follow the Canadian model and re-legislate a law that was
struck down by the courts, but have to renew it every few years. Former prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin’s government adopted the model for a law forbidding the
import of non-kosher meat, Bakshi added.
“What’s good enough for Rabin
and [former Supreme Court president Aharon] Barak is good enough for the 19th
All MKs must mobilize as part of the effort to bring back the
Knesset’s power in facing the judiciary,” Shaked stated.
South Tel Aviv
activist May Golan expressed concern that Supreme Court justices ignored the
plight of those living in her neighborhood.
“Yesterday, I went downstairs
with an elderly neighbor. She slipped on feces from a migrant who relieved
himself in our building, and was knocked unconscious,” Golan recounted. “The
situation in south Tel Aviv will lead to anarchy. The residents are in a deep
despair. In the end, they’ll take the law into their own hands and there’ll be
MK Mordechai Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) accused the police of
hiding migrant crime statistics, saying he did not receive complete answers when
he toured the area with police.
“Israel has had great success curbing
human trafficking, which was a result of the authorities pooling their
resources. In this case, too, all of the forces need to act together to find a
solution,” MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) suggested.