St. Yves Succeeds in Substituting A Court Decision Issued Against an East Jerusalem Palestinian from Actual Imprisonment

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

St. Yves stresses that M.K’s case is an example of the plight of most of the Palestinian families living in Jerusalem, suffering from the discriminatory Israeli policies in housing and planning dedicated for Palestinians. It is noteworthy that while East Jerusalem Palestinians make 40% of the city’s population, the Israeli government only approves 7% of their building permits.

December 18, 2015 – The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights represented by its lawyer Tawfiq Darawsheh succeeded in substituting the Jerusalem’s Municipality court’s prison sentence issued against the Jerusalemite citizen M.K with reduced fine. Due to the Israeli systematic discrimination in planning policies against Palestinians, M.K was unable to pay accumulative fines imposed on him by the municipality on the grounds of “unlicensed” building. Accordingly, M.K was imprisoned for almost a month despite his difficult health conditions and was about to miss his daughter’s wedding.

M.K’s wife sought the Society of St. Yves for legal assistance in her husband’s case, who was imprisoned at that time. Adv. Darawsheh demanded the Jerusalem Municipality to annul the imprisonment decision, and to immediately release M.K in order for him to resume his medical treatment and be able to attend his daughter’s wedding. With total disregard for humanitarian condition, the court rejected his request due to his accumulated unpaid fines.

St. Yves’ lawyer then filed three consecutive requests in order to release M.K from prison and after long deliberations, the lawyer he succeeded in releasing M.K, and replaced the heavy fine that was imposed on him with a reduced fine.

Adv. Darawsheh also succeeded in rescinding all his previous accumulated fines due to his poor medical and financial situation, taking into consideration the difficult conditions and the limited income for M.K and his family.

St. Yves stresses that M.K’s case is an example of the plight of most of the Palestinian families living in Jerusalem, suffering from the discriminatory Israeli policies in housing and planning dedicated for Palestinians. It is noteworthy that while East Jerusalem Palestinians make 40% of the city’s population, the Israeli government only approves 7% of their building permits.