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Denial of prison visits by relatives "banned from entering Israel": HCJ 8851/03
7834/04 | documents: 1  |  Updates: 1 For an extended period, beginning in late 2000 with the outbreak of the second intifada and until March 2003, Israel prevented West Bank residents from visiting their loved-ones in Israeli prisons located inside Israel and the West Bank alike. Following HaMoked's petition, the military gradually reinstated visits subject to narrow criteria. Under the arrangement set at the time and still valid today, the International Committee for the Red Cross acts as the coordinator of visits and is responsible for their implementation.

However, it soon became clear that in a significant number of cases, the military refused to permit visits by certain relatives "on security grounds". This concerned a wide segment of the population which the military designates as "banned from entry into Israel". Following HaMoked's legal actions, including a petition on behalf of 21 such "entry excludees" whose applications via HaMoked had been ignored for many months, the military altered its policy in late 2003, determining that as a rule those who are banned from entering Israel would be allowed to participate in prison visits. The petition itself was deleted after the state informed the court of its decision to lift the security ban of all except one of the petitioners.

However, the petitioners were given entry permits for a single specific date, and given the complexities of coordinating visitation times, the arrangement proved unfeasible.

In November 2004, the military publicized an arrangement whereby a "security excludee" can request to have his application reconsidered. Under the arrangement, if the Israel Security Agency decides to limit the scope of the ban, the "excludee" is given a one-time visit permit valid for 45 days.
In 2006, the state also undertook to provide a response in such cases within 10 weeks at most. However, In practice, the military fails to uphold this undertaking and many requests remain without reply for many months – this in turn induces HaMoked to file many individual petitions. Furthermore, given the complexity of the procedure, even on the rare occasions where a permit is issued within 10 weeks, the person "banned from entering Israel" can, at best, visit his imprisoned relative 3 times a year.


HCJ 7834/04 - Abdallah et al. v. Commander of the Army Forces in the West Bank Petition for Order Nisi
Petition to HCJ  |  7834/04  |  26.8.2004
One of numerous petitions filed at the time against the systematic failure of the office of the legal advisor of the respondent to respond to requests from HaMoked in regard to residents of the Occupied Territories whom the respondent refuses to let visit their loved ones detained in prisons in the West Bank and in Israel. The refusal violates the obligation of an administrative authority to re...
Updates
1.12.2004
New arrangement for family visits in prison: Following a series of petitions by HaMoked, a new arrangement was made for residents from the Occupied Territories who were refused permission for “security reasons” to visit their loved ones in prisons in the West Bank and in Israel. The military systematically ignored, over a long period of time, family requests’ to visit. From now on, some of thos...
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