HaMoked and seven additional human rights organizations have petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ), through Attorney Michael Sfard, demanding the immediate abolition of the OC Central Command's order prohibiting transportation of Palestinians in Israeli vehicles within the West Bank: In the petition, the Petitioners argue that the order is reminiscent of the darkest of regimes and brazenly seeks to impose an apartheid ideology in the Occupied Territories under the guise of law המוקד להגנת הפרט
07.01.2007
HaMoked and seven additional human rights organizations have petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ), through Attorney Michael Sfard, demanding the immediate abolition of the OC Central Command's order prohibiting transportation of Palestinians in Israeli vehicles within the West Bank: In the petition, the Petitioners argue that the order is reminiscent of the darkest of regimes and brazenly seeks to impose an apartheid ideology in the Occupied Territories under the guise of law
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On 7 January 2007, HaMoked and seven additional human rights organizations submitted a petition to the HCJ demanding the nullification the legislative act known as “Order on Movement and Travel (Restriction of Travel in Israeli Vehicles) (Judea and Samaria) -2006,” issued by the commander of military forces in the West Bank. This legislative act, which is due to come into effect from 19 January 2007, prohibits Israelis and tourists from transporting Palestinians in their private vehicles within the West Bank without authorization from the military. 

The Petitioners argue that this provision applies an apartheid ideology (“us here and them there”) through the law, under the guise of security motives, and imposing criminal sanction against members of different nationalities who dare to meet within the private setting of a passenger car without permission from the authorities.  

The Petitioners further argue that the new order is not only grossly immoral, but also – and independently – violates key provisions of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and Israeli constitutional and administrative law, all of which expressly prohibit discrimination on collective grounds, inter alia on the grounds of national or ethnic origin. In particular, the petition notes, the said order creates an apartheid regime and a regime of persecution of a national group, both of which constitute international crimes in accordance with the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid and the 1998 Rome Constitution. 

Lastly, the Petitioners argue that in enacting the order the military commander overstepped the legislative authority granted to him under international law and military law in the Occupied Territories, and hence the order should be nullified immediately. 

To view the order 

To view the petition dated 7 January 2007 

To view HaMoked’s letter to the OC Central Command dated 29 November 2006 (Hebrew) 

To view the ad dated 7 December 2006

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