Israel's Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Seeking to Recognize Holocaust Victim Who Suffered Under Vichy Laws in Morocco #israel #holocaust #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by Moroccan immigrants to Israel asking they be recognized as Holocaust victims and granted compensation under Israeli law. The suit has been a ten-year legal battle.


The suit originally went to the Haifa District Court which rejected the suit and the plaintiffs sought to appeal. With the Supreme Court saying it would not hear the appeal, the matter is ended.


The Court’s rationale for rejecting the appeal was, “because the deprivation of liberty suffered by Moroccan Jews during World War II didn’t meet the criteria set by the law on compensating victims of Nazi persecution.” The harm they suffered “consisted mainly of a reduced ability to integrate into the job market and acquire an education outside the Jewish community, alongside undermining some community members’ ability to choose their place of residence.


If successful, the lawsuit would have meant payments totaling an estimated $123 million to Moroccan immigrants, according to Haaretz.


The Moroccan Jewish plaintiffs who brought the case can still challenge the decision by petitioning for a hearing before an expanded panel of Supreme Court justices.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee