Did you have to get a temporary passport?
There is a situation where you deserve money back
A class action lawsuit totaling millions was filed against the Ministry of the Interior, whose population registration system collapsed and was unable to issue or renew passports in a reasonable time.
After the district ruled on compensation in a similar lawsuit last week, the way was opened for everyone
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 2:10 p.m. Updated: 2:20 p.m.
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An Israeli passport.
Was a fundamental right violated because the Ministry of the Interior was not prepared well? (Photo: ShutterStock)
Have you tried to book an appointment and renew your passport and failed?
Were you able to get to the Population and Immigration Bureau after a few months, but your passport was delayed in the mail and you had to pay an additional fee for renewing a temporary passport?
Your nerves have reached the legal stage and you may spread the grief.
A class action lawsuit in the amount of four million shekels was submitted to the District Court in Haifa, against the Ministry of the Interior and the Population and Immigration Authority, for "negligence and omissions in service to the citizen, which caused a long wait to set a date for renewing passports, receiving passports, paying an illegal fee for a temporary passport, as well as fines for cancellations and flight delays as a result from the delays".
The lawsuit filed by
Tanos, from the office of Horia, Jamal and Tanos from Haifa, joins a small lawsuit filed in the court in Nazareth, in which the father of two minors demanded that the Population and Immigration Authority refund him the amount of fees he paid in Israel for the issuance of temporary passports , after the permanent passports did not arrive on time.
The court partially accepted the claim, and ordered the Population Authority to compensate the plaintiff with NIS 830 for paying fees for ordering the temporary passports and another NIS 500 in court costs, but rejected the plaintiff's demand to pay him compensation for fuel expenses and loss of working days.
Congestion in Israel at the beginning of the travel season. Many started the journey long before, trying to find a free line to renew their passports. Will the state compensate? (Photo: Flash 90, Avshalom Sashoni)
The Ministry of the Interior violated a fundamental right
In the class action, the plaintiffs claim that the Ministry of the Interior violated a fundamental right and as a result caused damage to the public and acted negligently, and includes three groups: all the citizens who wanted to renew passports, had to wait in line and receive the passports, those who had to pay a fee for a temporary passport, and those who had to cancel flights, or pay fines About flight postponement due to the delay in receiving the passports.
"The amount for which the lawsuit was filed last week is relatively small and it does not bind us to the amount of compensation," said Attorney Tanos in an interview with
Radio North, 104.5 FM
, "We demand from the Ministry of the Interior the manner of behavior that the state expects us to behave.
The Ministry of the Interior was supposed to prepare for a period of congestion in ordering passports after two years that were not renewed.
There is a violation of the fundamental law of freedom of movement, because people have the right to move as they wish from place to place.
Where did you hear that in order to plan a trip abroad, you need to prepare eight months in advance?
"To add insult to injury, people had to pay double fees, because the permanent passport they ordered did not arrive on time and they had to issue a temporary passport. This is how the state gets rich at the expense of the residents. The amount of compensation we will demand will depend on the facts, the circumstances and the information we receive from the Ministry of the Interior, and likewise, we will demand Additional compensation to all citizens for the heartache and torture."
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