MKs, NGOs slam lack of Sephardi Supreme Court justices

“The court needs to be reflective of society and include Mizrahi justices,” judicial expert tells 'Post.'

By
November 16, 2011 05:12
1 minute read.
High Court of Justice [file]

high court panel citizenship law 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

As controversy over the process of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court heated up this week, so did the debate over the ethnic makeup of the court’s members.

NGOs, politicians and legal experts have all called for increased Sephardi representation on the country’s most important legal institution.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“Since [Edmund] Levi retired, there are no Mizrahi [Sephardi] justices on the Supreme Court judiciary,” Prof. Shimon Shetreet, a judicial expert, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “The court needs to be reflective of society and include Mizrahi justices.”

MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) told the Post on Tuesday that the Supreme Court should be taken to account over its lack of Sephardi justices, accusing it of looking like a “clique” that selected justices based on friendships, and saying, like Shetreet, that the judiciary did not reflect the composition of Israeli society.

“If you look in any large company in Israel, if you look at the army, you will see that there are Jews from all over the world,” said Katz. “There are many Mizrahi Jews in the legal profession. So why aren’t there any Mizrahi justices on the Supreme Court? Someone should call [Supreme Court President Dorit] Beinisch and ask her why not.”

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel also called for Sephardi representation on the Supreme Court. Its president, Sami Michael, said on Tuesday that Mizrahi Jews, Arabs and also women were underrepresented on what he dubbed “an important fortress of Israeli democracy.”

“If we want to live in a country that respects the different voices of its citizens, that diversity must be reflected in all walks of life, including in the highest judicial body,” Michael said. “Mizrahi underrepresentation on the Supreme Court could alienate this population, which could play into the hands of those enemies of democracy who want to undermine the court.”

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN