The Israeli High Court of Justice ordered the state on Monday to close the Holot detention facility for asylum seekers within 90 days, a dramatic decision that marked the first time the court has ever struck down two versions of the same law: the Anti-Infiltration Act. As part of its ruling, the High Court also overturned another provision of the same law that allowed asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally to be incarcerated without trial in a closed facility for up to a year.
Justice Uzi Vogelman, who wrote the majority ruling, termed conditions at the Holot detention center “wretched” and said the court was justified in overturning a law enacted by the Knesset for the second time because the legislation “violates human rights in an essential, deep and fundamental way.”
Last year, the Court had already ruled that African migrants and refugees could not be detained for 3 years without a trial. Dr. Reuben Ziegler, a member of this Interest Group, has written two publications on the infamous Anti-Infiltration Act and the rulings of the Court. These publications can be found here and here.
More on the recent judgment of the Court can be found here.