Israel’s Supreme Court orders COVID Iron Curtain lifted

Israel’s Supreme Court orders COVID Iron Curtain lifted

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After the State of Israel failed to satisfactorily respond to Thursday’s Supreme Court order to provide a reason why the Special Authorities Regulations for Dealing With the Novel Coronavirus restricting exit from and entry into Israel, and restricting operation of airports and flights, should not be cancelled, the Court today overruled the limits imposed by the government on the total number of passengers allowed to enter Israel by air each day.

The petition that led to the ruling was written by Attorney Batya Sachs and submitted by the firm of Sachs-David-Price-Hegedish.

The 3,000 passenger daily limit will end on Saturday, March 20th.

A three-judge panel issued the ruling, excoriating the government over its handling of COVID-era air travel.

Arutz Sheva‘s David Rosenberg reports the court also ruled as illegal the requirement for travelers who lack both vaccination and recovery certificates to receive special permission to travel from a government committee, eliminating the need to receive Exceptions Committee approval. Those seeking to leave Israel after this coming Saturday will not be required to receive Exceptions Committee permission.

The justices, led by chief justice Esther Hayut, blasted the government over the way it adopted the restrictions, saying the decisions were made without reference to relevant data.

“In the future, any new restrictions on travel into or out of Israel need, in legal terms, a comprehensive, factual, data-based foundation.”

The Court also deplored the restrictions themselves, writing in the ruling that the limits constitute “an assault on the very heart of the legal right to enter Israel and to leave it, and other rights that are at the heart of the fabric of life in democratic societies.”

“It seems that instead of investing the effort and resources to enforce isolation, the violation of which is at the center of fears of variant outbreaks, the government preferred to impose a regime on entry to and departure from Israel that is easier to do, but much more seriously harms basic rights.”

Meanwhile, Attorney Ruth Machnes Suchovolsky, whose law office submitted a claim to the International Criminal Court in the Hague that the Israel government is guilty of violating the Nuremberg Code and committing crimes against humanity in its vaccination campaign said lawyers from around the world are turning to their offices, asking to join the complaint in the Hague: “Those same lawyers from around the world recognize the fact that Israel is a country where an experiment was conducted, and fear that their countries will also be forced to be exposed to the experiment,” she said. “The names of the lawyers and the countries joining will be announced later.”

The law office Monday also sent a letter to Pfizer demanding an investigation regarding the Pfizer-Netanyahu agreement, emphasizing section 4.2.6 that discusses cancelling the agreement as soon as a public investigation is opened. Copies were sent to the FDA, the U.S. Attorney General, Members of Congress, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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