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10.7.2018

Order Nisi in HaMoked and Ma'an's petition: the State must justify its failure to find a solution for the extreme overcrowding and the intolerable conditions at the entrance to the joint building of the Ministry of Interior and the Employment Services in East Jerusalem

In a High Court of Justice hearing held on March 15, 2018, regarding a petition submitted by HaMoked and Ma'an, the Judges severely criticized the difficult conditions and extreme overcrowding in the joint building of the Ministry of Interior's Population and Immigration Authority and the Employment Services in East Jerusalem – the only bureaus where, until recently, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem were permitted to receive services on these matters. The Judges urged the state to find "creative solutions" for the problem within three months.


On June 21, 2018 the State submitted an updating notice to the Court, in which it presented its proposed solutions for the problem. Soon after, on June 28, 2018, HaMoked and Ma'an submitted a response to the State's notice, based on daily observations of the building in Wadi Joz. The organizations' response indicated there has been no change in the situation at the entrance to the building, and even in the days following the submission of the State's updating notice, the entrance to the bureau remained intolerably crowded. The organizations requested, due to the long passage of time since the petition was submitted and in light of the State's failure to find a solution for the problem, that the Court issue an order nisi and schedule a hearing on the matter as soon as possible.


On July 9, 2018, the Court accepted HaMoked and Ma'an's position and issued an order nisi, instructing the State to explain why it did not take the necessary steps to solve the problem of the severe overcrowding and intolerable conditions at the entrance to the shared building, as well as steps to realize all of the remedies requested in the petition. The Court granted the appellants 60 days to submit a response to the order.


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