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The high court rejected the demand to oblige the judges to participate in the event in Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, September 27, the high court dismissed the appeal of public organization «Regavim», which demanded to oblige the judiciary to attend the ceremony, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the resumption of Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. Previously, the decision not to send judges for the event were Supreme court President Miriam Naor.

A panel of judges, under the leadership of URI Shoham, dismissed the appeal for «lack of grounds for the intervention of the high court». The court decision States: «there is No doubt that the status of the territories in Judea and Samaria is a cause of deep controversy in society. The desire of the judiciary to avoid involvement in activities, formal or otherwise, having been disputed, is fully consistent with the rules of ethics which must be adhered to by the representatives of the judicial system.»

Earlier, the head of the Supreme court Miriam Naor sent to the high court its reply to the appeal of public organization «Regavim» which indicated that «participation in the ceremony, where the microphone provided in only one side of the political spectrum, would be an ethical violation.»

The ceremony marking the resumption of Jewish settlement activities will take place on September 27 in gush Etzion hosts. It was originally planned that Supreme court justice Neal Hendel will present at the ceremony of the judicial system. However, after the appeal of the Deputy of the Knesset Isaui of Freyja (MERETZ), the head of the Supreme court declared that the decision is reversed and judges participate in the ceremony will not be accepted.

This decision Miriam Naor has drawn sharp criticism from the Minister of culture Miri Regev and Minister of tourism AREVA Levin. «If the Supreme court judges cannot put aside their personal views and to take part in state ceremonies, it seems there is no other choice but to stop to invite them to such events,» said Yariv Levin.

Simultaneously with the ceremony in gush Etzion hosts held a protest rally of the movement «peace Now» demonstration and residents of the Outpost Nativ-Avot. Left-wing radicals protesting against the ceremony, and right against the decision to destroy the Outpost.

The high court rejected the demand to oblige the judges to participate in the event in Judea and Samaria 28.09.2017

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