Supreme Court approves administrative order

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 7:42 The Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by a youth from the Shomron against an administrative order issued to him by Defense Minister Benny Gantz. During the hearing on the appeal, Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the youth, explained that the order was issued only because the police did not find evidence connecting the youth to the act attributed to him, and when they realized that by law they would have to release him, they decided to ask Defense Minister Gantz to sign on an order placing the youth under administrative detention for approximately three months.

During the hearing, the counsel for the youth claimed that the reasons for issuing the order did not pertain to national or public security, that the police did not have any information justifying the order, and that the very fact that the youth was released from remand due to lack of evidence proves it. In light of this, the counsel for the youth claimed that either the administrative order should be canceled, or the administrative detention should be significantly shortened. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal and also rejected the request to consider an alternative to remand for the youth.

In her ruling, the Supreme Court Justice wrote that the confidential material presented to her by the police was what caused her to understand that there was a danger to national security and to decide not to accept the appeal filed by the youth. She also wrote that there were no grounds to interfere with the decisions of the district court with regard to finding other alternatives to remand for the youth.‏

Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar spoke after the Supreme Court rejected the appeal: “It is sad to see that at a time when Israel is experiencing severe attacks on Jews and the security of the State is deteriorating, the security forces, with the authorization of the GSS, the Department of Nationalist Crime, and additional law enforcement forces, are enforcing administrative orders against Jews in particular.”

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