Court Brushes Aside Ban on Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony

YERUSHALAYIM -

A court in Yerushalayim overruled a municipal ban on a meeting to promote an Israeli–Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony, the The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

The Magistrate’s Court decided in favor of the Barbur Gallery, which was set to host the meeting, rejected the municipality’s request for a delay to allow time for an appeal, and ordered it to pay legal costs of $1,400.

The court ruling follows a decision by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday to bar entry to Israel of 110 Palestinians for a Memorial Day service in Tel Aviv, which he called a “desecration” of the memory of fallen soldiers. Organizers said they would appeal to the High Court to overturn Liberman’s decision.

Next Tuesday night and Wednesday, Israel marks its Memorial Day, known in Hebrew as Yom Hazikaron, honoring its thousands of fallen soldiers and terror victims.