Eight Human Rights Organizations Petition the Supreme Court on the “Apartheid Order”

Sun., January 7, 2007 – Today, eight Israeli human rights organizations petitioned the HCJ to demand the abolishment of the order which forbids Palestinians from traveling in Israeli cars driven by Israelis or foreigners. The petitioners are also requesting that the HCJ issue an interim order to postpone the Apartheid Order’s implementation until a ruling is reached.

The order is scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2007. The submission of the appeal presents an additional phase in the Israeli human rights organizations’ struggle to overrule the order.

The preface of the appeal included the following statement: "The order at hand implements the principles of segregation, via the law and the creation of criminal sanctions, among two different nationalities which meet in the private sphere of their vehicles, without permit from the authorities. Out of all the red lines [Israel has] crossed, the petitioners believe that the order on "traffic and transportation" carries within it grave seeds of evil as it orders civilians to become active agents of discrimination; and as it so crudely penetrates the private domain; and particularly because of its leaning towards tarnishing social, professional, political and personal relations and to enforce the ‘separation’ even on those who may not be approving of it."

The human rights organization petitioning are Yesh Din-Volunteers for Human Rights, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Gisha, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, HaMoked-Center for Defense of the Individual, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights.

The petitioners are represented by Yesh Din’s legal advisor, Adv. Michael Sfard.