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Meretz Chief Zehava Gal-On spoke out on Friday against Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to take away powers from the High Court following the decision to open Holot detention center.
"It should be, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will do a self-examination on how the situation came to be that the High Court condemns the government on the violation of human rights,"
The High Court last week struck down the state and Netanyahu’s policy of holding some illegal migrants in closed detention for one year and others in indefinite open detention.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu had said that most migrants came to Israel not out of persecution, but for economic reasons and were looking for work.
He said Israel could not be a landing pad for all migrant workers from other countries, but also that he would respect the High Court’s decision.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said, however, that the Knesset should pass legislation to circumvent the court and limit its authority over migrant policy.