by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 | The charge that Israel is an apartheid state was dealt another blow yesterday as the Jewish state swore in its first Muslim Supreme court justice.
Advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement frequently level the apartheid accusation at Israel.
Taken from the former South African movement, apartheid refers to racial segregation, blocking people from holding certain jobs, owning land, serving in government and having access to different services based on race.
Actual life in Israel flies in the face of the apartheid libel every day. Yesterday was no different.
Judge Khaled Kabub was sworn in yesterday at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. Another 82 judges were also sworn in at the ceremony for a variety of court positions.
Though Christian Arabs have served in the position before, Kabub, 64, born in Jaffa, is the first Muslim to serve on the 15-member Supreme Court.
Israel’s Supreme Court is the most powerful judiciary body in the state, and deals with Israel’s society, its economy and the conflict with the Palestinians.
Kabub was previously serving as the vice president of Tel Aviv’s District Court and is now replacing former Justice Neal Hendel, who retired from his position this year.
The ceremony last night was attended by top Israeli officials, including President Isaac Herzog and Supreme Court President Esther Hayut.
Herzog tweeted photos of the ceremony and mentioned Kabub’s appointment, which the president called “a historic event that is timely.”
Supreme Court President Hayut gave a speech at the ceremony to welcome the judges to their new posts.
“The ability to listen patiently to the arguments presented to you, and to conduct the hearing in moderation and matter-of-factly, is at the heart of that ‘judicial temperament’ which should be expressed in all your actions, both in and out of court,” Hayut told the incoming judges, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
Posted on May 10, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 10, 2022)
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