Court rules sick relatives of Hamas members must be allowed entry to Israel

The High Court of Justice rules that five women from Gaza who are purportedly close relatives of Hamas members must be allowed to travel to East Jerusalem for life-saving medial treatment.

The majority of the women are said to be suffering from cancer.

Israel banned the relatives of Hamas members from entering the country for medical purposes in an effort to pressure the terrorist organization to return the Israeli civilians and bodies soldiers believed to be held by the group.

But the court determined that while the government was entitled “to take maximum measures” to return the Israelis, it could “cannot justify an arrangement that denies the possibility of a relative of a Hamas member from receiving life-saving medical treatment in Israel.”

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