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Appeals Tribunal rejects Im Tirtzu motion to join proceedings on revocation of status of an assailant’s relatives

On January 25, 2017, the Minister of Interior announced he had revoked the Israeli status held by family members of a man who committed an attack against Israelis in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv on January 8, 2017. Next day, January 26, 2017, HaMoked submitted an appeal to the Appeals Tribunal, seeking to prevent the relatives’ deportation and an order revoking the wrongful decision. The appeal was scheduled for a hearing on September 10, 2017. On August 30, 2017, Im Tirtzu and the parents of one of the victims of the attack filed a motion to be named parties to the proceedings, so that they may voice their positions on the matter.

In its response to the motion, filed August 31, 2017, HaMoked requested the Tribunal to dismiss the motion outright. HaMoked asserted, inter alia, that there was not the slightest connection between the objectives of Im Tirtzu and the core issue under discussion, which concerned the particular matter of the assailant’s relatives. HaMoked added that the proceedings in no way dealt with the assailant or the revocation of his rights, rather with the revocation of the rights of his relatives who were not charged with a thing; therefore, there was no room to accept the bereaved parents’ motion to join the proceedings.

On October 10, 2017, the Appeals Tribunal rejected the motion, determining there was no call for the parents and Im Tirtzu to join the proceedings. The Tribunal ruled, inter alia, that it did not find any direct link between the applicants and the appeal, their joining would not contribute substantially to the proceedings, and was not needed for deciding the case. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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