Israeli Supreme Court 311.
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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
The Supreme Court justice said that Hatikva was “an anthem
worthy of the State of Israel” and should not be replaced.
the Jewish longing for Zion and to be a free nation in their own country,”
Rubinstein said, adding that non-Jewish citizens of Israel must respect Hatikva
and that non-Jewish army, police and prison service officers must salute while
it is being sung.
“However, Arab citizens shouldn’t be required to sing
words that do not speak to their hearts and which do not reflect their roots,”
Speaking at a conference on Jewish commitments to
minorities at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Rubinstein
said that those Arab citizens who did choose to join in and sing Hatikva should
be “blessed,” but that the decision to sing the anthem was a personal
Rubinstein added that he had worked with Joubran for close to eight
“I can attest to his integrity as a justice, and as a loyal
citizen of the State of Israel, who represents our country abroad with dignity
and success,” he said.