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Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor

The Regavim Movement petitioned the High Court of Justice on Tuesday following a statement by Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor on Tuesday morning, notifying the government that the representative of the Supreme Court will be absent from the state ceremony taking place on Wednesday in Gush Etzion to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Judea and Samaria.

If this is not an official event, the court must order its annulment, the organization contends.

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Naor’s office published a statement earlier Tuesday saying she had decided to cancel the participation of Judge Neil Hendel as the representative of the judiciary at the state ceremony officially recognized by the government of Israel.

Regavim attorney Avi Segal submitted the petition to the High Court of Justice, challenging the decision by Naor on the grounds that the participation by judiciary staff in state ceremonies is a “constitutional practice” of legally binding force.

“The same method of appointing judges to the Supreme Court . . . is valid only because it is a “constitutional practice” that has existed as a longstanding governmental convention,” Segal said.

“The ‘seniority system’ requires no less than the participation of a representative of the judiciary in the state ceremony,” he said.

“If the Court believes this is not an official State event, then the Court must order its official cancellation,” Segal said. “The government and its ministers will have to explain why they chose to hold a ceremony that is not an official state ceremony, but which is state-funded, from the state budget, and crowned it a “state ceremony.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.