Travelers stand in line at Ben Gurion airport [File].
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected, on an interim basis, a petition
to immediately declare racial profiling policies for security checks at
Ben-Gurion Airport illegal. It postponed the issue until April 30,
The petitioner, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel told the
court that since the petition was filed in 2007, security at the airport has
continued to humiliate Israeli-Arabs nonstop with what it called numerous
problematic stories emerging.
Earlier, the court had seemed to suggest
that ACRI accept the state’s request to push off a decision on the issue until
March 2014, when the state hopes to have a new technological system in place. It
hopes it will avoid and alleviate some of the current friction.
rejected this suggestion, listing a history of past similar state promises over
several years, each of which was broken with a promise about improving things
down the road.
The court said it was avoiding immediate intervention as
the state’s efforts to improve the situation were still ongoing.
that it accepted the state’s argument that the delay was not its fault, but that
of a private European company that had failed to meet its contractual