In the aftermath of last week's landmark High Court of Justice ruling, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Monday rescinded a government policy just initiated in July to aggressively detain migrants for committing misdemeanors.
At the time, Weinstein said the new policy was a part of greater efforts to control what he called the “significant harm to public order from infiltrators.”
Misdemeanors in the list for detention for up to three years included nonviolent crimes such as forgery and use of false identification papers.
Until July, the policy was to only detain those who entered the country illegally for violent crimes.
The new policy was viewed as an additional way to punish and deter Eritrean and Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally and to allow the state to immediately deport migrants who arrived here from other countries where they could be returned, as opposed to having to try them criminally.