High Court issues mixed ruling on policies for detaining Palestinians

NGOs demanded state revoke policy of holding Palestinian minors longer than Israeli minors living in territories.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 7, 2014 14:09
1 minute read.
High Court of Justice

High Court of Justice 370. (photo credit: yonah jeremy bob)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

The High Court of Justice on Sunday issued a mixed ruling to a petition by rights groups against the state's policies of holding Palestinians in custody for periods that exceed those of Israelis living beyond the Green Line.

The court issued a partial ruling to a petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Yesh Din, and the Public Committee Against Torture, which demanded that the state apply the law equally to both Israeli and Palestinian minors in Judea and Samaria.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The court rejected the petition in regard to the maximum time of detention prior to indictment for adults suspected of security crimes, but ordered the state to explain its policies regarding maximum detention periods for minors and adults suspected of non-security crimes. In addition the court required the state to explain its policies regarding the detention of suspects for the duration of legal proceedings against them.

The court ordered the state to address the issues by September 15, 2014.

The ACRI said that the state had eased its detention policies in the wake of the petition.

“The petition led to a shrinking of the discriminatory gap between Israelis and Palestinians living in the territories as it relates to the lengths of custody in which they are held,” said Laila Margalit, an attorney for ACRI. “On some issues, the court made clear that it was not willing to make do with the progress that was made.”


Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN