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  • Mounting criticism of bill to limit Supreme Court powers

    Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman's draft bill for the Basic Law: Legislation has prompted a lively debate for and against, mainly over the clause that would allow the Knesset to revive a law that the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional through a 65-member majority. On Tuesday, the new chief justice of the Supreme Court, Asher Grunis, delivered a sharp message against the bill, and openly criticized the Justice Minister for not consulting with the Court in drafting it. His reprimand was a strong statement for a judge who is considered to be conservative and skeptical of judicial activism. One intelligent critique…

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  • Edmond Levi: Israel’s one-state justice

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levi was always considered a 'conservative' and 'rightwing' judge - but a closer reading of his verdicts reveals the constitutional basis for a 'one state justice.' By Itamar Mann Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levi issued his last opinion in January 2012, before retiring. In an important case, the Court upheld provisions of the Citizenship Law banning Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza from entering Israel to live with their Israeli spouses. The ink on Levi’s minority opinion may have already dried; but it’s safe to assume that the blood that froze in the hearts…

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