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Political: November 28, 2011

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MK David Rotem (Israel Beitenu), the Chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee held a speedy vote on a proposed bill which would allow the appointment of Justice Asher Grunis as President of the Supreme Court.  The vote was held within 3 minutes of the meetings commencement, and before the opposition MKs entered the committee room.

(Hebrew)

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November 28th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Economy and Society: October 12, 2011

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Knesset House Committee Chairman, MK Yariv Levin, attacked the Supreme Court in a holiday  interview to the  Right-wing bulletin ”Our Land of Israel”, distributed over the weekend in the synagogues. Levin said that the Supreme Court was motivated by Leftist agenda, and is particularly a threat to our ability to ensure the existence of the State.

(Hebrew)

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October 12th, 2011 at 6:10 am

Closed Society: September 28, 2011

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The Administration of Population and Immigration deported a foreign national, while the Supreme Court was discussing his case. The man was imprisoned for two years in the Ktzi’ot prison, and a Border Control officer stated that he ”suffers from earache and was hearing impaired, as a direct result of abuse.” A Supreme Court petition was filed to apply for his release on humanitarian grounds, but he was deported to Ethiopia, without informing the court or his lawyers.

(Hebrew)

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September 28th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Political: July 13, 2011

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House Committee Chairman, MK Yariv Levin, and coalition chairman, MK Ze’ev Elkin, are initiating a Knesset bill, which will allow Knesset to disqualify candidates for judges in the Supreme Court.

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July 13th, 2011 at 11:52 am

Closed Society: 6 January, 2011

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The Supreme Court has decided that the separation between men and women on buses will become a permanent arrangement. A three-judge panel today (Thursday) adopted the arrangement initiated by the Ministry of Transportation which permits separation between men and women on Mehadrin lines – the bus routes which primarily serve the ultra-orthodox (haredi) population. Under this arrangement, the separation will be consensual, and no force or violence will be applied to women passengers. The arrangement further states that the Ministry of Transportation will enforce the arrangement with an inspection system. The decision maintains the current condition, where women do not sit in the front part of the bus on Mehadrin lines. (Hebrew)

Closed Society: 4 January, 2011

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Following the opening of the Talmonim Road to Arab residents of the Occupied Territories, residents of the Jewish settlement of Talmonim have created warnings and posted signs in Arabic, with skull and crossbones, stating that they would harm the Arabs who travel the road. (Hebrew)

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January 4th, 2011 at 7:50 am

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Economy: 29 December, 2010

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Dorit Beinish, Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court, sharply criticized the state’s conduct in the attorneys’ strike, which has been ongoing for more than a month. Beinish wondered why the Treasury has held no communication with the attorneys and why it has not contacted the Labor Court to conduct negotiations under its auspices. “You have no explanation for taking the roundabout way instead of the highway,” she said. (Hebrew)

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December 30th, 2010 at 2:19 am

Police: 18 November, 2010

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The Supreme Court criticized the police and hundreds of policemen, following their appeal to have financial benefits returned to them which had been denied because they had been granted through faulty procedures in the first place. The policemen received the benefit in return for rabbinical studies. Supreme Court Justice Ayala Procaccia wrote in her decision that “this case, where hundreds of policemen were granted extensive pay benefits which they did not merit, while using documentation that apparently reflected false information, heavily stains the people involved in it and greatly damages the status of the police and the public’s faith in the purity of its actions.” (Hebrew)

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November 18th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Judiciary: 10 November, 2010

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Supreme Court Justice Hannan Meltzer hinted that former President Katzav could be cleared of the criminal charges pending against him under an abuse of process defense if it is determined that the State Prosecution exacerbated the charges against him in order to overcome problems due to the statute of limitations. (Hebrew)

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November 10th, 2010 at 2:56 am