High Court condemns Israeli government’s reluctance to fund secular burials

21.07.2011                      19.Tammus, 5771

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High Court condemns Israeli government’s reluctance to fund secular burials

Justices likely to accept petition filed against the treasury and religious services ministry.

The High Court of Justice has given the government one last chance to respond to a claim that it is still avoiding its 15-year-old legal obligation to fund secular burials in Israel. In deliberations held last week, the justices said they were likely to accept a petition filed against the treasury and religious services ministry by the Menuha Nehona, or rightful rest, movement, which provides civil burial services, and strongly attacked the behavior of the government.
"They're always sticking spokes in the wheels," said Justice Asher Gronis, head of the judicial panel. Gronis said that if the government did not supply sufficient answers within 30 days, he would issue a definitive order "on all fronts," and accept the petition, which demands that the religious services ministry support the development of civil cemeteries….