Rubinstein: Arab citizens shouldn't have to sing Hatikva

Arab citizens should not have to sing Hatikva, but must respect it

March 1, 2012 12:33


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Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein spoke out in support of his judicial colleague, Justice Salim Joubran, on Wednesday night, saying that the Arab-Israeli justice's refusal to sing the national anthem was a personal decision that was justified.

Joubran faced harsh criticism for failing to sing the national anthem, “Hatikva,” at the ceremony to mark Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch's retirement on Tuesday.

Rubinstein said the criticism of Joubran was "a storm in a teacup" and an "unjustified blow" to his colleague.

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