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Eli Yishay (Shas), Israel’s interior minister said the goal of the Pillar of Cloud operation is to “send Gaza back to the Middle Ages” by destroying electricity, water, transportation and communications infrastructures.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Israel should release petty criminals to free up jail space for 50,000 illegal “infiltrators.” He added that it is impossible to deport citizens of North Sudan and Eritrea. “At the moment, there are more than 50,000 people whom I cannot deport,” he said. “The security of Israeli citizens is really undermined as a result of these infiltrators and their behavior here, so I proposed clearing out the prisons.”
Tel Aviv District Court Judge, Oded Mudrik, criticized the police, the state attorney and the court administration for their handling of classification certificates for classified case materials. The Minister of the Interior issues these certificates upon request from the police or the state attorney, and defense lawyers claim that the lengthy period allowed for issuing certificates prevents them from examining case materials and defending their clients. Judge Mudrik said that he was dissatisfied with the handling of certificates, adding “I cannot understand, and my experience in this matter is substantial, why it should take a month a half to issue a certificate.”
A legal challenge to a law that bans Palestinians from living in Israel with spouses who are Israeli citizens was rejected by a panel of 11 Supreme Court justices. The Citizenship Law is temporary legislation from 2003 which prevents Palestinians who married Israeli-Arabs to receive Israeli citizneship except by special approval from the Minister of the interior for Palestinians who collaborate with Israel. The justices upholding the constitutionality of the law were Eliezer Rivlin, Asher Dan Grunis, Miriam Naor, Elyakim Rubinstein, Hanan Melcer and Neal Hendel. They decided that Israeli citizens have a constitutional right to family life, but this right does not necessarily have to be exercised in Israel. Judge Grunis said that “we have to balance this injury of the right to family life of Israeli citizens against a certain threat, based on past experience, to the life of Israeli citizens.”
A Knesset committee headed by MK Amnon Cohen (Shas ) accepted the request of Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas), who sought to delay elections for the Katzir-Harish Local Council originally scheduled for January. Shas is planning to transform the secular community of Harish into a large ultra-Orthodox community. The committee’s decision means that Nissim Dahan of Shas, who currently heads the Katzir-Harish Local Council, will remain in place for another two years depite opposition from local residents.
The Ministry of Interior, Eli Yishai (Shas), said during a visit to Joseph’s tomb in Nablus, that it “belongs to us” (the site is in PA territory). He added that “2,000 new building permits are the answer to the multiple breaches of agreements by Palestinians, though they are not enough”.
The Administration of Population and Immigration in East Jerusalem ordered the deportation of a resident of the city after a hearing. However,the resident and his lawyer contend that the hearing never took place, although the Interior Ministry issued a protocol of the hearing. HaMoked (“The Center for the Defence of the Individual”) argues that the protocol was forged by the Ministry of the Interior, but the Ministry says that this was merely a technical error.
A priest from Ghana who has been living in Israel legally for 25 years, claimed that “Oz unit” inspectors of the Ministry of the Interior arrested and tortured him for hours, just for not carrying a passport.
The Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, cancelled plans to declare a nature reservation in Shilo Creek in Samaria, in order to enable the Haredi city of ELAD to expand at the expense of the same land. The plans to declare the reservation had been in deliberation for approximately ten years, and the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel stated that “the minister, with the wave of his quill, is canceling decisions that have been years in the making”.
Knesset Member Yariv Levin (Likud), chair of the Knesset Committee, has proposed a new law that would permit the Minister of the Interior to expel from Israel any foreign citizen who calls for the boycott of Israel of of anything produced in a settlement, and any person who calls for international trials for soldiers who will be involved in carrying out war crimes. Under the proposal, the Minister of the Interior will be able to bar such people from entering the country or expel them from Israel. (Hebrew)