Middle East & Africa

April 17, 2017

SC Approves Yisrael Katz's Decision To Close Taba Crossing

Taba Crossing

On April 16, Israel's Supreme Court approved Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz's (Likud) decision to close the Taba Crossing to Israelis wishing to exit Israel into Egypt.

The complaint was filed by two Israelis who wanted to vacation in Taba during the Pesach (Passover) holiday.

The court ruled that the decision of whether to allow the plaintiffs to visit Sinai will be in the hands of the Israeli government.

The Supreme Court notes that the infrastructure is not under debate and there was a justified reason to close the crossing to Israelis wishing to enter Sinai. However, the source of the government's decision was unclear, and the Supreme Court ordered the government submit an explanation in writing by April 27.

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