High Court to hear Israeli refugee cap application next week
The High Court said it would hear a petition against Israel’s policy on Ukrainian refugees within a week, rejecting the state’s request to dismiss the case.
On Sunday evening, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced that people fleeing Ukraine who have relatives in Israel will be exempt from the 25,000 entry cap imposed on refugees who are not eligible for citizenship. Israeli.
Shaked’s announcement came after lawyer Tomer Warsha filed – on behalf of Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk – a High Court petition against the interior minister’s earlier policy, which counted those ineligible for citizenship against the cap, which also includes 20,000 Ukrainians. already in Israel.
Warsha, an immigration lawyer, said Sunday night that Shaked’s new policy was a positive change, but not enough.
According to reports, the state told the court that the cap would not be reached for another week, meaning the issue will not become relevant until then.
Speaking to Kan, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar supports Shaked’s decision to allow more Ukrainians. But he appears to chafe at the description of those fleeing to Israel’s borders as “refugees”, which he says has “some legal ramifications”.
“Israel is sheltering those in need, it’s the humane and correct thing to do,” he said, “and that’s what Israel has been doing for the past two weeks.
According to statistics released Sunday morning by the Population and Borders Authority, 7,179 Ukrainian nationals have arrived in Israel since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and 221 have been denied entry. The statistics included those who immigrate and are eligible under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to anyone with a Jewish grandparent.