Court asks why no women on Turkel panel

State asked to examine lack of females on flotilla committee.

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August 12, 2010 04:35
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The Turkel Committee

Turkel Committee. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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The High Court of Justice on Wednesday instructed the state to examine the absence of women on a committee probing the IDF raid on the Gaza flotilla in May, and indicated that the justices may order the state to appoint a female member even if it requires one of the male members to step down.

The Turkel Commission was appointed in June to examine the conduct of the IDF during a raid on the Mavi Marmara cargo vessel that left nine foreign citizens dead. The panel has five male members – three veteran Israeli figures with an average age of 85, and two foreign observers.

The court order came as a result of a petition issued in July by the organizations “Women Power” and “Women Lawyers for Social Justice.”

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In their petition, the groups argued that the law demands that there be an “appropriate number of women on the committee.

The committee has no women whatsoever, much less women from a variety of population groups. The fact that the committee doesn’t have a single woman speaks for itself.”

On Monday, the state told the court that when the committee was being formed, it had offered a spot to three different female legal experts, all of whom refused the post.

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