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HaMoked to the HCJ: the military’s decision to close a candy store on the grounds that it was a “a center of sedition” was unfair and based on extraneous considerations

On October 11, 2016, the military issued a two-month closure order for a candy store in A-Ram. The military claimed the store served as a “center of sedition”, and was owned by an assailant who was killed two days earlier while carrying out an attack against Israelis in Jerusalem.

HaMoked filed an objection to the closure order, clarified that the store owner was not the assailant but his father, and stressed that the store was the family’s main source of income, and that the father had no involvement in his son’s deeds.

As efforts to receive a response from the military failed, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice on November 7, 2016, to order the military to revoke the closure order. HaMoked argued that the military had misidentified the owner of the business and that the allegations about sedition activity relating to the store were unfounded. HaMoked stressed that with each passing day the damage to the livelihood of the father and his family was increasing; and as this case concerned the infringement of the basic rights of human dignity and the freedom of employment “conclusive and compelling evidence are required for issuing the order, rather than rumors and unfounded claims”.

The court ordered the petition be scheduled for a hearing as soon as possible. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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