Jerusalem24 – The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported today, Thursday, that the Israeli Ministry of Justice is working to promote a law that would expand the powers of Israeli police officers to conduct house searches without a court order.
According to the newspaper, the law that is being promoted also allows the confiscation of camera recordings without any judicial order, arguing that this is necessary in light of the increase in crime among Palestinian communities in Israel.
The Israeli police claim that there is a widespread phenomenon of deleting recordings from cameras to prevent access to criminals who carry out these crimes, during its procedures to obtain a court order allowing this step.
Israeli law allows entry to any home or building for a search without a warrant if there is a belief that a crime is being committed, or if a person fleeing the police enters.
According to the proposal/law, the Israeli police are seeking to allow them to obtain evidence for fear of concealing it in a way that would prevent access to the perpetrators, claiming in its interpretation within the legal memorandum submitted with the bill, that the police find it difficult to obtain cooperation to collect evidence and testimonies from the field.
Jurist Hassan Jabarin from Adalah expressed his concern that the law is used in excess of what is required and that it is applied on an ethnic basis, which leads to the violation of the rights of Arabs, stressing the need to examine its results, especially if it is applied only to the Palestinians.