Retiring Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch will rule Tuesday on the validity of a law that prevents low-income earners who own or have use of a vehicle from receiving financial aid from the state.
The first petition to revoke the law was filed in 2004 by the Arab rights advocacy group Adalah. A similar petition was submitted two years later by the women's social justice group, Itach. Supplementary income is given to people whose monthly income falls short of the minimum wage.
The petitioners say the law does not take into consideration the car's value, the user's need for it or his personal circumstances.
Adalah petitioned on behalf of a man who received supplementary income and asked the National Insurance Institute to use a car to transport his blind daughter. The NII refused, although the petitioner was the only man who could help his daughter.
Beinisch retires this week, but over the next three months she is expected to hand down High Court of Justice verdicts on a number of petitions pertaining to civil rights.
One petition, submitted against the Airport Authority, Shin Bet security service and Transportation Ministry, demands that they stop using the Arab nationality as a criterion for carrying out security checks at airports.
Another petition was filed against the legislation permitting cell phone companies and Internet service providers to disclose personal details of their clients to the police and other authorities. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, one of the petitioners, says the legislation contradicts the constitutional right to privacy.
Beinisch will also issue a verdict on petitions against tax laws that deprive Arab communities from tax benefits that are given to neighboring Jewish communities.
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