Court orders entry of Gazan relatives of Hamas terrorists for medical care in Israel
Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that five seriously ill women from Gaza may enter Israel for urgent medical treatment despite a government decision preventing relatives of Hamas terrorists from doing so.
The directive, issued by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and stating that family relationship to a Hamas terrorist is sufficient cause to prevent patients from leaving Gaza for treatment, is relatively new. It was issued following a demand by the family of Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was killed in the 2014 Protective Edge operation and whose remains are still being held by Hamas.
The directive is a more extreme rendition of a decision issued by the security cabinet in January 2017 that voted to cut the number of humanitarian exit permits to Hamas terrorists and their relatives. That decision, however, allowed cases that needed lifesaving care to enter Israel for treatment.
The judges determined that, while the goal of applying pressure on Hamas terror group is appropriate, the end does not justify the means.
The High Court judges who deliberated the case, Uzi Vogelman, Isaac Amit and Ofer Groskopf, unanimously accepted the petition and ruled that the government decision was unreasonable and could not stand up to a legal test.