Today, Monday, Legal Adviser to the Israeli government, Avichai Mandelblit, informed the Supreme Court that he will not interfere in the issue of evacuating Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem.
And last month, the court deferred its decision on a petition filed by seven families against eviction of their homes until it had heard the opinion of the government’s legal advisor.
Haaretz newspaper reported that Mandelbl it informed the Supreme Court today of his decision. According to a source close to the legal advisor, the political echelon in Israel believes that “the state should not interfere.”
It was not immediately clear whether the decision would speed up the decision of the Supreme Court, Israel’s highest judicial body, which did not specify a date for the start of deliberations on the eviction decisions.
Several weeks ago, the attorney general of the government submitted a request to the court to postpone the consideration of the case based on a political decision, following international pressures exerted on Israel to prevent the deportation process.
what does it mean?
Al Jazeera Net correspondent Muhammad Wad said that the decision means that the ball is in the court of the Supreme Court and the Israeli judiciary, which passed a ruling in favor of the settlers in the first instance courts, and when it is now referred to the Supreme Court, there are no developments in order to invalidate the decision or overturn it in favor of the Palestinian families, which are 4 threatened families. The immediate evacuation of the 28 families.
It is likely that the Supreme Court will meet soon to reject the petition of the Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, especially since there was a previous decision to evacuate 28 families, which has been in place for more than 10 years, and this is done gradually, “and now on the agenda is the evacuation of 4 Palestinian families and the replacement of settlers.”
The reporter continues that the attorney general’s decision means that he wants to exempt “official Israel” from any judicial responsibility if the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood file is referred to the International Court.
It also constitutes a lifeline for the Israeli government from any diplomatic, international and American pressures, to present the file as a conflict between a group of settlers and a group of Palestinians, and that the decision was made after exhausting the judicial track in accordance with the democratic procedures adopted in Israel.