First-ever female judge appointed to Israeli Sharia Courts

April 25, 2017 12:28

Hanna Hatib was appointed on Tuesday as the first-ever female judge to serve in Israel's Sharia court system.

The historic decision was made by the judges selection committee headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who hailed Hatib's appointment as "great news for the Arab woman and Arab society."

The Sharia Courts in Israel handle personal status law issues like marriage and divorce for Muslim-Israelis and have functioned on an uninterrupted basis since Ottoman times, including when Israel was established in 1948.

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