An Australian man is imprisoned in Israel until the year 9999. The Middle Eastern state banned him from leaving the country because he owes his ex-wife and two children more than two million euros in alimony.
It is not immediately clear whether the man has not paid anything to date or whether he has to repay the full amount in one go in order for the travel ban to be lifted.
The 44-year-old Australian Noam Huppert was married to an Israeli woman. The couple lived “Down Under”, but in 2011, his then-wife decided to return to her native country. Their two children, then three months and five years old respectively, came with her. A year later, Huppert also made the crossing to Israel. But that ended in a fizzle: the couple broke up, and the Australian was not allowed to leave the country.
And it doesn’t look like that will change in the next 8,000 years. This is apparent from Huppert’s story about the Australian news site News.com.aus, which is only now publishing the story.
In 2013, Israel banned Huppert from leaving the state until December 31, 9999, the longest possible period in the Israeli authorities’ online systems. The country is punishing Huppert because he owes his ex-wife and two children a sum of more than two million euros.
After the breakup about eight years ago, the woman went to an Israeli family court. It ruled that the Australian had to pay his two minor children 5,000 shekels every month, which is about 1,400 euros converted. The alimony ends on their 18th birthday. The verdict also implied that Huppert could not leave the country unless he paid the alimony.
It is not entirely clear for the time being whether the Australian has not deposited any money to date or whether he has to pay the two million euros in full in one go to be allowed to leave Israel. “I’ve been stuck here since 2013, and like many other foreigners, I’m a victim of the Israeli justice system simply because we were married to Israeli women,” the man told news site News.com.au. hops. “I want to help fellow sufferers in this life-threatening experience.”
Israeli family law is regularly dragged through the mire. After all, he would discriminate against women. In 2018, the Treasury Department calculated that 43 percent of divorced fathers refused to pay any form of alimony. Women, therefore, counted on the support of state funds, but budget disputes reduced those amounts last summer.
In 2017, however, it was decided that fathers should no longer pay for alimony alone, especially when an ex-wife earns more than them. A judge then ruled on the nature of Israel’s family law, which he says is characterized by a lack of equality between men and women. However, he saw no reason to make men pay more alimony than women in all circumstances.