Ahead of the hearing in the objections of the East Jerusalem residents expelled from their city: HaMoked demands the men's presence at the hearing and that the military provide them with an Arabic interpreter המוקד להגנת הפרט
22.12.2014
Ahead of the hearing in the objections of the East Jerusalem residents expelled from their city: HaMoked demands the men's presence at the hearing and that the military provide them with an Arabic interpreter
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HaMoked has been battling against a revived phenomenon in East Jerusalem – the military's issuance of administrative removal orders against residents of the city, meaning their expulsion from their home city, without any accusations being brought against them. As part of its battle, HaMoked has filed objections against the orders, scheduled for a hearing on December 22, 2014.

On December 18, 2014, in response to HaMoked's demand for the banned residents' participation in the hearing, the military announced that the hearing venue had been transferred from the Home Front Command Headquarters in Ramla to Camp Ofer. The military, however, went on to inform – in bold letters – that "interpretation services will not be provided during the hearing."

That same day, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) against this outrageous decision, requesting that the military be instructed to provide the appellants with an interpreter, enabling them to understand the proceeding in their matter and take part if need be. HaMoked argued that conducting a hearing without an interpreter was in severe violation of appellants' fundamental rights. Following the petition, the military notified HaMoked that it had been decided, "on an ex gratia basis", that an interpreter would be made available to the appellants during the hearing. HaMoked, therefore, requested the court to delete the petition.

The transfer of the hearing from Ramla, located inside Israel, to Camp Ofer in the West Bank created a problem for one of the banned men, against whom a second removal order had been issued, barring his entry to the West Bank in addition to Jerusalem. HaMoked contacted the West Bank Military Legal Advisor's Office, requesting the appellant be allowed to attend the hearing on his expulsion from his home. In a telephone conversation, HaMoked was assured that the appellant's entry into Camp Ofer would be permitted; however, to date, an approval in writing has not yet arrived.
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