In an unprecedented ruling, the High Court of Justice has ordered the State to allow Israeli Arab writer Ala Halihal to attend an upcoming authors' conference in Beirut. Halihal, who lives in Akko, was represented by NIF grantee Adalah, Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Israelis are not allowed to visit Lebanon, which is defined as an enemy country. But the judges accepted that this was an exceptional case and observed, "there is no negative information in the affairs of the petitioner." The petition was submitted by former NIF Law Fellows Hassan Jabareen and Haneen Naamnih.