Trade with the Enemy Ordinance

Culture and Language
This British mandatory-era law is still in use. It places a total ban on all forms of trade with “enemy nationals.” The law authorizes the Interior Minister to declare states as “enemy states.” Thus far, all "enemy states' all of are Arab and/or Muslim states. As a result, the law restricts relations, including cultural and linguistic relations between the Arab Palestinians in Israel and the wider Arab and Muslim nations.

For example, the law has been used to ban the import of books in the Arabic language published and/or printed in Lebanon and Syria, and to prevent Arab author Ala Hlehel to travel to Lebanon to receive the prestigious literary prize "Beirut 39". In both cases Adalah submitted petitions to the Supreme Court and won.

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