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Retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy Dies at Age 72

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Retired Supreme Court Edmund Levy, who headed a three-man committee that debunked allegations that Israel is an “occupier,” died Tuesday night at the age of 72.

He served on the Supreme Court from 2000 to 2011, capping a legal career that began with studies at Tel Aviv University several years after his family immigrated to Israel from Iraq.

Levy was the only dissenting justice who ruled in favor of petitioners against the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and four communities in northern Samaria in 2005.

Levy immigrated to Israel from Iraq as a child in the early 1950s. He studied law at Tel Aviv University and served as a military

The “Levy Committee” in 2012 wrote a lengthy document that supported the rights of Jews to live everywhere in Judea and Samaria.

Court Orders Livni to Respond to Lawsuit of PA Terror Victims

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court has given Justice Minister Tzipi Livni one week to respond to a lawsuit by an Israeli NGO representing victims of Palestinian terror victims in a case against the Bank of China.

On Tuesday, the court put its time mandate on Livni hours after the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center filed a suit requesting information issued by the New York District Court under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

In November, the Israeli government filed a petition with the U.S. federal court seeking to block the testimony of former Israeli intelligence official Uzi Shaya, saying he would divulge state secrets.

Shaya, according to reports, in 2005 alerted Chinese security officials to suspicious transactions, including transfers of money to terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Some 22 families of victims of Palestinian suicide bombers who brought the suit accuse the Bank of China of funding terrorist organizations through U.S. accounts. They are seeking millions of dollars in damages; a guilty verdict under anti-terrorism laws also could affect the bank’s ability to continue conducting business in the United States.

The families, through Shurat HaDin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, requested specific documents from the justice minister last June as well as the testimony of Shaya. No response or documents have been forthcoming, according to Shurat HaDin

“We have filed this suit today as we believe Minister Livni is culpable not only of failing in her duties under the Hague Convention, but of failing the Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism in their quest for justice,” Darshan-Leitner said in a statement Tuesday.

A similar case against the bank was brought by the family of American student Daniel Wultz, who was killed in a 2006 terror attack in Tel Aviv.

Court Overrules Sane Judge, Okays Freeing Terrorists

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled in rare 2-1 split  decision Monday evening that the government can free 26 more terrorists, including five from Jerusalem.

The minority ruling implied that the Cabinet acted hastily and did not fulfill its promise last July not to release terrorists with Israel citizenship without thoroughly examining the issue.

In virtually every previous appeal challenging the release of murders, the court has ruled unanimously, Justice Eliyakim Rubinstein, in a dissenting opinion, said  that the government should have provided more information to show that it understands the ramifications of releasing terrorists living in Jerusalem and holding Israeli citizenship.

Supreme Court President Asher Grunis and Justice Tzvi Zilberthal said they did not see any reason to make a distinction between terrorists who do not have Israeli citizenship and those who do.

The court handed down its ruling as approximately 200 protesters marched in a drizzle to the Old City home of one of the terrorists. Only 15 of the demonstrators were permitted to protest outside his home due to fears of violence. The court earlier in the day overruled a decision by authorities to ban the protest.

In his dissenting opinion on the appeal by the Almagor Terror Victims association, Justice Rubinstein wrote, “There is a question if the government of Israel and the Cabinet ministers weighed their opinion on the subject and the ramifications beyond considering only the information that is noted in the list [of terrorists].”

He added that the government should hold further discussions on the subject of “freeing Eastern Jerusalem residents” before the court could decide whether to release them.

Justice Rubinstein noted that the court questioned the government several times on the issue but did not receive answers concerning whether the government held discussions specifically freeing Arabs from eastern Jerusalem, despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statements that the issue would be addressed.

“Residents in eastern Jerusalem have the rights of Israelis,” such as receiving welfare and health insurance benefits,” Rubinstein added.

Approximately three hours after the decision, eight terrorists already were on their way to their homes in Gaza and eastern Jerusalem. Eighteen others were to leave the Ofer prison, near Jerusalem, after midnight.

Israel agreed last July to free 104 terrorists in four batches in return for the resumption of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The last batch of 32 terrorists is to be freed towards the end of the nine-month period Kerry set for the discussions.

Court Lets Arab MK ’Mavi Mamara’ Zoabi Off the Hook

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by nationalists Michael Ben-Ari, a former Knesset Member, and Itamar Ben-Gvir, to demand criminal charges be filed against MK Haneen Zoabi for her participation in the IHH terrorist-backed Mavi Mamara flotilla in 2010.

Ben-Ari and Ben-Gvir took their case to the court after government prosecutors decided not to indict her. They noted that the court did not ask to review all of the evidence before deciding against the appeal.

This is the second time the court has stepped up to bat for Zoabi. The Central Election Commission last year decided that Zoabi’s activism on the Mavi Mamara precluded her from running for election in the Knesset. The court overruled the decision.

Court Suspends Rabbis’ Order to Require Woman to Allow Son’s Brit

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended a Rabbinical Court (Beit Din) order that a woman in divorce proceedings allow her baby son, now one year old, to be circumcised. The woman also was ordered to pay a fine of $150 for each day the brit mila is not performed.

She originally objected to circumcision because she said her son was not medically fit but since has said that a brit mila causes suffering.

The woman appealed the Netanya Beit Din’s decision to the secular judicial system, which put the rabbis’ order on hold until the judges reach a decision on whether the Beit Din has authority to order a circumcision.

Toldot Aharon: No Imposed Gender Segregation in Mea Shearim This Year

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The Toldot Aharon hasidic group says it will not enforce gender segregation in the streets of the Jerusalem religious neighborhood of Mea Shearim over the Sukkot holiday.

Thousands of people will stream through the streets during the holiday, as visitors, on their way to other locales in Jerusalem, or on route to the Old City.

The group came to an agreement with Jerusalem police and the city municipality not to impose gender separation, or to put in place ushers to guide men and women to different parts of the street, according to a report in Ynet.  A fence to maintain order will be erected for the large Simchat Beit HaShoeva celebration and water-throwing ceremony, but will not have any impact on the mixing of men and women on the street or in the area.

Gender segregation in Mea Shearim and other Jerusalem neighborhoods has been imposed by religious leaders in the past, including separate entrances to various zones.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that police must act to prevent gender separation on the streets.

Israel’s Supreme Court Dismisses Law Absolving Yeshiva Students from Army

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A majority of Israel’s Supreme Court judges on Tuesday accepted petitions against the Tal Law, which provides an exemption from military service to yeshiva students. The ruling also reveals the sharp differences between outgoing, activist Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch, who advocated nullification of the law, and the incoming president of the incoming, conservative Chief Asher Grunis who sought to reject the petitions.

Beinisch wrote: “Time has proven that the law has not fulfilled its underlying purposes, and, in fact, anchored the law, almost entirely, in the deferment arrangement that existed prior to its enactment and vice versa.”

The new Chief Justice for his part, wrote: “I would have preferred that the court avoid the issue altogether, leaving it in the public sphere, outside the realm of the court.”

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