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Topic: Israeli judicial system

I find it untenable that a system that is wholly tolerant and forgiving of extremely sharp statements that are made about people who hold sensitive posts, such as the prime minister and cabinet ministers, should be so sensitive regarding the possible influence of every critical statement directed at the judicial system.
The combination of judicial criticism of Knesset legislation, in a state where there is as yet no crystallized constitution, by a court whose justices are not elected but are appointed for life by the judicial system itself, creates a very problematic situation, in my opinion.
In a certain sense, the judicial system serves as the last refuge for elements of the old elites who feel that the only institution that is still under their control and represents their values is the court.
www.foundation1.org /papers-articles/judiciary/gavison-on-barak.htm   (4426 words)

 Jewish Law Student Association: Israel's Judicial System
The judicial system in Israel is divided into two main types: one, the general law courts which are known as civil or regular courts, and the other, tribunals and other authorities with judicial powers.
The Israeli legal system is unique among modern legal systems in the utilization of various personal status laws in the area of family law, applied by religious courts.
The success of the judicial system in Israel, with the Supreme Court at its head, in the enforcement of the rule of law and the defense of civil rights is, to a great extent, a result of the independence given to judges.
wings.buffalo.edu /academic/department/law/jlsa/resources/judicial_system.htm   (2749 words)

 The Modern History of Islamic Jerusalem: Academic Myths and Propaganda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Two of the major Israeli themes in this reconstructionist approach are the denial of the sanctity of Jerusalem to Muslims and the belittling of the status of Jerusalem, both temporal and spiritual, during the centuries of Islamic control.
The Israeli government's efforts to convert Jerusalem into its eternal capital must also be analyzed in the context of the communal diversity of the city and the multiplicity of rights and religious domains.
Although initially the Israeli military authorities who invaded Arab Jerusalem were prevented from annexing the administration of the shrines of the Haram area to the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Israelis succeeded in annexing a major waqf property.
www.mepc.org /public_asp/journal_vol7/0002_talhami.asp   (8414 words)

 B'Tselem - Publications - Law Enforcement vis-a-vis Israeli Civilians in the Occupied Territories, March 1994
The judicial system receives the investigative material from the police and is responsible for bringing suspects to trial (State Attorney's Office) and for judging them (the courts of law).
The Israeli civil law must cease to be applied to Israeli civilians and to Jews who are not citizens of the state, who commit crimes in the territories.
Israeli civilians against whom there is evidence that they committed an offense against Palestinians in the territories must be brought to trial.
www.btselem.org /English/Publications/Summaries/199403_Law_Enforcement.asp   (6018 words)

 Jewish Law - Commentary/Opinion - The Arrogance of Israel's Elite
For the elites that dominate the media and judicial system correctly recognize the values of the religious community as the greatest challenge to their own, and religious Jews as the group least capable of being assimilated into the uniform society for which they yearn.
Israeli society can be described in terms of five centers of power: the Knesset, the economy, the judicial system, the media, and the army.
It is not coincidental that the gradual ascendancy of the Israeli Supreme Court coincides with Menachem Begin’s election as Prime Minister.
www.jlaw.com /Commentary/Arrogance.htm   (5398 words)

 IsraelFaxx.com newsletter: 9fax0827.txt
The Israeli activist group Peace Now says at least 37 illegal settlements have been built on the West Bank since the Wye River peace accords were signed last October.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says no new settlements will be built in the near future and no existing settlements will be removed.
Responding to harsh criticism by US judicial officials, State Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein defended the sentence and the Israeli judicial system in the Samuel Sheinbein murder case.
www.israelfaxx.com /webarchive/1999/08/9fax0827.html   (797 words)

 B'Tselem - Settler Violence
By being subject to the Israeli judicial system, settlers enjoy liberties and legal guarantees that are denied Palestinian defendants in the Occupied Territories charged with a similar offense.
Thus different legal systems are applied to two populations residing in the same area, and the nationality of the individual determines the applicable system and court.
Everyone suspected of committing an offense in the Occupied Territories must stand trial according to the same judicial system and the same laws, irrespective of his or her ethnic identity.
www.btselem.org /english/Settler_Violence/Dual_Legal_System.asp   (384 words)

 September 2000 Clashes Information Center - Reports - Addameer Report on Prisoners
The Israeli judicial system is clearly in full support of and is facilitating these mass arrest campaigns, as the sentences for these charges has become relatively higher.
He was admitted to an Israeli hospital, where he remained for two days for medical attention, after which he was transferred back to prison, despite the fact that medical reports stated that he required further medical attention.
Addameer was officially denied information of Ali's whereabouts, and would not have known of his arrest had his fiancée not gone down to the detention centre herself and accidentally received confirmation of his arrest from one of the guards, who prohibited her from visiting him.
www.addameer.org /september2000/reports/addameerpris.html   (2907 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
The position now adopted by the Israeli judicial system, while facilitating the proposed uprooting in that it provides a legal umbrella for it, does not correspond to objective international law, nor to the positions of all earlier Israeli judicial decisions.
The settlers have the right to expect the current judicial system to abide by the position of earlier (e.g., from when they decided "to settle") Israeli judicial systems and, most importantly, objective international law.
One way for the present judicial system to see how much in breach they are of objective international law and previous legal positions of Israel is to read Professor Julius Stone's Israel and Palestine (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981; in particular, "Discourses 1 and 2" there).
www.israelnationalnews.com /article.php3?id=4925   (518 words)

 Al-Aqsa Uprising: second year
Israeli settlers can only direct their attacks against Palestinians living in area C and B because those areas are governed by Israeli security.
It is true to say that the Israeli authorities, including the police, are not complying with their responsibilities regarding the settlers; this in turn encourages settlers to escalate their attacks against the Palestinians.
Furthermore, the interaction with the Israeli authorities, which sometimes forces them to take action against individual settlers, may give the settlers the feeling that they are being monitored, and this, in turn, may reduce the phenomenon of settler violence.
www.phrmg.org /monitor2002/Dec2002-5.htm   (1287 words)

 AllRefer.com - Israel - Judicial System | Israeli Information Resource
Israeli law provided normal guarantees for its citizens against arbitrary arrest and imprisonment.
It supplemented the Courts Law of 1957, which prescribed the composition, jurisdiction, and functioning of the court system and provided details of appellate remedies and procedures.
A special judicial commission headed by the former president of the Supreme Court, Moshe Landau, reported in 1987 that, since 1971, internal security agents of Shin Bet had routinely used physical and psychological mistreatment to obtain confessions.
reference.allrefer.com /country-guide-study/israel/israel192.html   (984 words)

 Settlements and Settler violence - Palestine Monitor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, their homes and properties, is not just limited to Hebron.
By ignoring crimes of settlers, or actively facilitating them, the IDF, the government, the police, the law courts, all the fundamental Israeli institutions, are using settlers as a way to expand and strengthen the foundations of a racist state.
Beni Elon did not slip through the net of Israeli justice: on the contrary, it is essential for the perpetuation of a segregated system that such violence is not only tolerated but supported at the highest echelons of government, including the cabinet.
www.palestinemonitor.org /settlements/Tip_Of_The_Iceberg.htm   (1368 words)

 Air Force Law Review: The Israeli military legal system - overview of... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Granting judicial power to the non-professional justices, especially considering that laity usually comprises the majority of the panel in courts-martial, is an exception to Israeli criminal law.
In addition, naturally, the legally qualified judge instructs his military judicial collea gues on questions of law, continually, from the commencement of the trial until the end of it, and this dialogue is of great importance.
One of the central issues in discussing the connection between the military legal system and the civilian legal system is the question of the relationship between the MAG and the Israeli Attorney General.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:103136516&refid=holomed_1   (12496 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This unprecedented arrest warrant against a senior Israeli soldier was issued after years of failed efforts to obtain justice through the Israeli judicial system.
Because of the failure of the Israeli judiciary to combat impunity, PCHR, acting for victims in Gaza, built a file of evidence with the help of Hickman and Rose Solicitors to pursue a case against him (and others) in the UK in accordance with the legal principle of universal jurisdiction over war crimes.
Consequently, acting on behalf of the victims, Hickman and Rose and PCHR pursued the suspect through the judicial system, in the hope that he could be arrested before fleeing the UK.
www.pchrgaza.org /files/PressR/English/2005/101-2005.htm   (804 words)

 Israeli judicial system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Israeli judicial system (or judicial branch) in Israel, is an independent branch of the government which includes both secular and religious courts.
Israeli secular courts consist of a three-tier system:
Magistrate Courts serve as the courts of first instance.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Israeli_judicial_system   (286 words)

 The Head Heeb: Documents in motion
The problem with documents in the judicial system is that they don't stand still: they go from court to court, court to agency or between departments within a court.
It also permits access across the system: for instance, if a particular police report becomes relevant during a trial, the document can be instantly retrieved by the judge and the attorneys without the delays inherent in physical retrieval.
Maybe a system that allows only inter-agency transmission rather than remote access would be less volatile, but it would also reduce the economies of scale (e.g., judges wouldn't be able to access relevant documents instantly in court, and documents would have to be manually re-routed at each new destination).
headheeb.blogmosis.com /archives/028036.html   (1971 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Press review | From Israel: Charges are dropped   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In the Israeli judicial system, judges are almost always more lenient with Jews and come down harder on Israeli Arabs.
One recent example is a study conducted by Gideon Fishman and Arye Rattner from Haifa University on discrimination against Israeli Arabs in the Israeli judicial system.
The study was published in Attorney magazine, a publication of the Israeli Bar Association, and some of the findings appeared in a 24 September article by Moshe Cohen on www.bambili.com, entitled "New Study: the Judiciary Discriminates against Arabs".
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2004/719/pr3.htm   (1308 words)

 Islam Online- News Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
An Israeli tank unit near the West Bank town of Jenin killed a Palestinian mother and two young children who were picking vegetables in a field, said the Globe.
In recent months, Israeli human rights groups, leading Israeli newspapers, and even retired high-ranking officers have denounced the number of Palestinian civilian deaths in the West Bank and Gaza and contended that the Israeli army has not fully investigated them, the U.S. paper added.
General Amnon Strashnov, who was the Israeli military attorney general during the first Intifada in 1987 and until recently a judge in the Israeli civilian judicial system, made a rare public criticism of the military, saying that the current army attorney general "should show more initiative" in investigating Palestinian civilian deaths.
www.islamonline.net /English/News/2002-12/30/article03.shtml   (1120 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
Chief Justice Aharon Barak and his cronies have so brutally harnessed the judicial system and the public prosecutor's department for the benefit of the "enlightened" upper echelons that there is no longer any point in waging judicial struggles.
The Israeli judicial system does not provide a remedy for the distortions, but is itself their source.
For the belief-based public that, by its very nature, is associated with the root of the dispute over the identity of the State, there is no democracy; and there won't be until we assume leadership of the country.
www.israelnn.com /article.php3?id=5546   (928 words)

 Democratic Underground Forums - "Israel Acknowledges Mistake in Killing of Five Palestinian Children"
The outcomes are not very flattering to the Israeli justice system and I hope they are not indicative of what will happen regarding the death of the five Palestinian children.
Badran, the 1,251st Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers since December 1987 according to the Washington Post’s Jerusalem correspondent, the four death squad members were sentenced to pay one agora, which is a nonexistent coin worth one hundredth of a shekel, which means it is worth about a third of a U.S. cent.
They do paint a portrait of an Israeli judicial system that appears less than enthused in seeing justice done for wrongs committed against Palestinians and indicate little will be done should such investigations take place.
www.democraticunderground.com /duforum/DCForumID30/11634.html   (2221 words)

 Palestine Media Watch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
And not for the first time, although this time with much greater hard-heartedness; the message of the judicial system is that the life of a Palestinian child is not worth very much.
Here is what the legal system did with the child-killers and murderers: only six were convicted of murder.
It broadcasts a message to Israelis that it's not so terrible if they kill Palestinian children, and to Palestinians that their lives and those of their children are inconsequential to us.
www.pmwatch.org /pmw/manager/features/display_message.asp?mid=249   (547 words)

 Talia Einhorn: The Arab – Israeli Peace Mirage: Legal Perspectives
Enough.” Israeli children are brought up to understand the viewpoint of the Arabs, a task hardly ever taken up by nations in times of conflict.
Israelis have been traumatized by the scope of the violence and by the depth of hatred displayed by their “peace” partners.
The Israeli independent judicial system has applied Israeli law (including due process, rigid rules of evidence, appellate review of judgments, and sometimes even an additional hearing by an extended panel of the Supreme Court) to Palestinian terrorists in the same way that they apply Israeli law to Jews accused of committing serious crimes.
www.acpr.org.il /ENGLISH-NATIV/05-issue/einhorn-5.htm   (5174 words)

 Palestine Media Watch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The astonishingly light sentence was greeted with fury by human rights activists, Palestinian organisations and Israeli left wingers, who said it was further proof of racism and glaring double standards within the Israeli judicial system.
Her verdict was overturned last year by the Supreme Court, who found him guilty of second-degree manslaughter and sent the case back to the lower court for sentencing.
Ehud Barak, the Israeli Prime Minister, told Army Radio that the chances of bridging the gaps before the 6 February elections in Israel was "not great".
www.pmwatch.org /pmw/manager/features/display_message.asp?mid=242   (442 words)

 CRISIS:ISRAEL - NEW YORKER'S PROTEST OF ISRAEL: 'THE RIGHT THING TO DO'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
She finds herself justifiably being treated as a persona non grata by the Israeli authorities, and then, while protesting the absolute injustice of her being detained, declares her intention to use the Israeli justice system to attain her goals.
Further, she claims as proof of her unfair treatment, (that is legal arrest, incarceration, and eventually trial by an independent civilian Israeli court) that her allies the Palestinians suffer the same "mistreatment" only on a larger scale.
I find it inconsistent to claim that the Israeli justice system is absolutely unbalanced and biased and then go on to cite it's anti Israel decisions and even go so far as to make use of it for her own purposes.
www.crisisisrael.com /display_commentary.php?cid=109   (1038 words)

 RabbiWein.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
To the eyes of an American such as myself, the court system, the police, the attorney general’s office and the method of appointing judges appears to be badly out of whack.
She comments that the law enforcement system protects itself over the rights of the citizens of the country, is therefore blind to its faults and rejects all criticism by silencing its critics, pursues discriminatory policies, is influenced by the media and forays into areas that should be off limits.
The combination of judicial criticism of the legislature in a state where there is as yet no crystallized constitution by a court, whose justices are not elected but appointed for life by the judicial system itself, creates a very problematic situation.
www.rabbiwein.com /print.php?sid=229   (1311 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Out of sight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Although Marwan Barghouti's fate in the Israeli judicial system is far from certain, the activist can count on his popularity among Palestinians.
According to Shikaki, the old and the new guard are of the same mind with respect to a political settlement.
According to Boulos, judicial restrictions on meetings with Barghouti have been relaxed and personal meetings are now allowed.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2002/589/re3.htm   (803 words)

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