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2/29/12: Will Israel’s Supreme Court Tilt Right Under New Chief?

7 Adar 5772 – February 29, 2012
The Supreme Court’s interventionist approach was pioneered by Aharon Barak, who served as the court’s president from 1995 till 2006. Dorit Beinisch, who is retiring from the court this week after serving as president since her mentor's retirement, upheld the tradition of judicial activism, keeping the court at the center of Israeli public debate and making it a lightning rod for Orthodox and right-wing critics. That could change as Beinisch is replaced by Asher Grunis, a conservative justice who has made a name for himself as a supporter of judicial restraint.

Advancing Human Rights, Beyond Israel

30 Shevat 5772 – February 23, 2012
Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch, has established a new organization called Advancing Human Rights, with Irwin Cotler and David Keyes on the Board of Directors.

Give ‘Em Heck, Prof. Dershowitz!

21 Shevat 5772 – February 14, 2012
It's been a while since we've read this kind of foaming-at-the-mouth attack on Prof. Alan Dershowitz. He must be doing something right.

“Rabbis for Human Rights” Refuse to Condemn the PA

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
The organization "Rabbis for Human Rights’ knows exactly how to condemn the State of Israel and its authorities for any action against a Palestinian. Yet, when it comes to a letter which condemns the actions of the Palestinian Authority, the Rabbis for Human Rights would prefer not to be in conflict with Palestinian activists.

Israeli High Court of Justice Rejects Petitions Against ‘Citizenship Law’

17 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Judge: "Human rights are not a prescription for national suicide."

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like 1979

25 Nisan 5771 – April 28, 2011
Do you ever get the feeling you're really living in a television program? For 2011 America, the rerun we are collectively forced to act in is "That '70s Show."

Whatever Happened To Our First Black President?

26 Adar I 5771 – March 2, 2011
If Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning African-American novelist, could refer to Bill Clinton, a white man, as America's first black president, then surely we can take a reverse tack: Is it possible that Barack Obama is not the first real black president after all?

The Henkins: Father And Son

8 Tevet 5771 – December 15, 2010
In our day, when news events do not always portray the Jewish community in the most favorable light, it is imperative that we have role models we can emulate. The recent passing of a famous legal scholar brings to mind two individuals who personify this description.

Israel’s Reply To Goldstone Takes Conciliatory Tone

19 Shevat 5770 – February 3, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Goldstone wars continue, but beneath the shouting a diplomatic track has emerged.

Talking Turkey

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a temper tantrum at the Davos forum on world economics.

Russia, Georgia, And The Left’s Double Standards

26 Av 5768 – August 27, 2008
As a shrewd and brutal ploy to break up Georgia, Putin's Russia is in the process of inventing a new "nation in need of "self-determination.

After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism And International Law (Conclusion)

21 Adar I 5768 – February 27, 2008
Some years ago, following one of the devastating suicide bombings in which small Jewish children were blown to bits, prominent Palestinian columnist Fahd al-Rimawi - then writing with obvious approval of Nobel Peace laureate Yassir Arafat in Amman's al-Majd newspaper, gleefully celebrated the monstrous act of terror:

A Glimpse Into The Mindset Of A Judicial Oligarch

18 Tevet 5768 – December 27, 2007
      "A democracy must fight terror with one hand tied behind its back."       So stated Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel's Supreme Court...

Dealing With A Hostile Entity In Gaza

13 Tishri 5768 – September 25, 2007
The Olmert government's September 29 decision to define the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as a "hostile entity" was greeted with quite a few raised eyebrows.

Even Our Enemies Sing Our Praises

1 Kislev 5764 – November 26, 2003
At the genesis of our history, we encountered the heathen prophet, Bilaam, who was bent upon cursing our people. But despite himself, G-d placed blessings on his lips, and to this very day, we repeat those blessings in our prayers. Many centuries have passed since Bilaam spoke, but alas, evil people remain - people who are determined to curse us. But like Bilaam of old, despite themselves, they sing our praises. So it was when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, one of the third world's most popular statesmen, addressed the leaders of 57 Islamic nations at a conference that he was hosting.

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