Last Wednesday (16.7), The Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued an urgent petition to the Supreme Court, demanding an immediate protection for the Bedouin recognized and unrecognized villages in the Negev. The petition was issued in the name of a couple of Bedouin residents of the Negev, and a couple of organizations, including NCF.
On Sunday, the court read its decision and stated that: “Under the circumstances it is inevitable to reject petition in this matter, since there was no excuse for our intervention in the operational decisions of the respondents [the state] that were received in the midst of fighting”. Alongside the rejection of the petition, the judges added that “in the absence of data we decided not to refer to the ways of use of the Iron Dome. We believe that the protection of this system is based on practical considerations, without giving any weight to the appearance or non-appearance of settlements on maps”. The Supreme Court denied the petition for immediate protection for the villages, furter discussion on these issues will take place in the future.