Ramat Gan mayor threatens High Court petition against nationwide lockdown

Ramat Gan Mayor Carmel Shama-Hacohen is threatening to file a petition with the High Court of Justice against the decision to impose a nationwide lockdown for the third time, arguing that it punishes low-infection (“green”) areas for the missteps of high-infection (“red”) areas.

Carmel Shama-Hacohen, mayor of Ramat Gan, attends a convention for newly elected mayors and local council heads, in Ashkelon, November 27, 2018. (Flash90)

“The lockdown is in fact a price that the green cities will pay for the past mistakes of decision-makers,” says Shama-Hacohen, whose city is currently classified as “yellow,” or having a medium-low infection rate.

“I have ordered [my staff] to prepare a High Court petition, if the government response [to our complaint] won’t provide an answer or satisfactory data,” he tells Army Radio.