A Palestinian protester in occupied East Jerusalem throws a rock at Israeli forces during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied east Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.
The Israeli military has banned anisotopic organic glasses, or anisostatic lenses, that are widely used by Israeli soldiers and police forces, according to a statement posted on its website.
The statement, published on Sunday, said anisastatic lenses are “extremely dangerous” and have been used by Palestinians and civilians alike in recent years.
The IDF said in a statement that the military’s prohibition of the lenses was in line with a “policy that considers the use of dangerous weapons as a fundamental principle” and is intended to “prevent a situation in which weapons are being used that is detrimental to the security of the state.”
Anisotropic lenses are also banned in a number of military-related orders, including one issued in March by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which prohibited soldiers from wearing them during military operations and on military vehicles.
A number of IDF commanders have publicly endorsed the ban on the lenses.
An Israeli army spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the IDF does not comment on specific military orders, and declined to provide details on the ban.
Anisotropical organic glasses have been a contentious issue since the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians saying the lenses have been an obstacle to their peaceful rights to use the Al-Aqs site as a holy site, and with Israeli lawmakers and rights groups accusing Israel of violating international law.
An Israel-based human rights group, Adalah, has called on the Israeli military to immediately lift the ban, and the Israeli Civil Administration said it had notified the Israeli Supreme Court to review the decision.
In October 2016, an Israeli court ruled that the ban violated the Israeli constitution and violated international law, and in January 2017, Israel’s High Court rejected a request by Palestinians seeking to have the ban overturned.
Last month, the High Court ruled that Israeli police had the right to search the Al Jazeera offices and property in occupied Jerusalem.
The military said it was not aware of any specific cases of injuries due to the ban and would continue to investigate the incident.