Israeli Supreme Court 311.
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Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran an honorary doctorate in recognition of his
many years in the legal arena and for his work to create closer ties between
Jews and Arabs, the university announced on Monday.
President Aharon Ben-Zeev said Joubran had “given a place for social issues in
his rulings” as well as protecting vulnerable groups in Israeli
A Haifa native, Joubran is Israel’s second Arab Supreme Court
justice. Born in 1947, the son of a local Christian Arab family from Haifa’s
German Colony, he began his judicial career in 1982, in the Haifa Magistrate’s
Court. He was appointed a permanent Supreme Court justice in May 2004, and was
one of the three justices who upheld Moshe Katsav’s rape conviction last
He has also been active in Jewish-Arab relations, helping found the
Arab-Jewish community center Beit Kedem in Acre and serving on the board of
Haifa’s Arab-Jewish cultural center, Beit Hagefen.
Joubran has been the
subject of controversy, most recently when he refused to sing the Israeli
national anthem at former Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch’s retirement