One of the recent squabbles in Israeli politics was triggered by the Prime Minister’s decision to remove two of the judges on the panel that had been appointed to elect the winner of the prestigious Israel Prize for literature. Netanyahu openly conceded on his Facebook page that the reason for his decision was political, i.e., that the politics of those two judges (both distinguished professors of literature at top universities) were too leftist and therefore not sufficiently “Zionist” for his taste. Not surprisingly, the decision stirred public outcry.
This issue of the Israeli Supreme Court Blog presents an abstract of the Supreme Court’s decision of May 24, 2018, addressing the lawfulness of the IDF’s rules of engagement during the recent events on the Gaza border (HCJ 3003/18), and refers to analyses of the decision by Prof. Amichai Cohen, Elena Chachko & Prof. Yuval Shany, and Prof. Eliav Lieblich.
HCJ 4113/13 Financial Organizations Coordinating Agency v. Minister of the Interior at al. – Outsourcing Tax and Debt Collection
In a decision delivered on March 26, 2018, the Supreme Court held that outsourcing tax and debt collection by municipalities constituted an unlawful delegation of authority as it was not expressly permitted by law and involved the delegation of discretion and granting the right to employ coercive force to a private body that is not subject to the principles of administrative law.
In the upcoming months, Justices Uri Shoham and Yoram Danziger will step down from the Court. On Thursday, February 22, the Judicial Selection Committee chose their successors: Professor Alex Stein of the Brooklyn Law School and Lod District Court Judge Ofer Groskopf. Groskopf, 49, will fill the seat being vacated Justice Danziger (five years before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70).
One of the unique functions of the Israeli Supreme Court is to conduct a “further hearing” – an additional round of adjudication of a case which is not considered an appeal but is usually held, at the Court’s permission, when all other possible proceedings have been exhausted. A recent decision rejecting leave to file a further hearing petition crisply explains when a further hearing may be held but raises questions as to the Court’s role in preventing corruption in government and administrative bodies.
In recent weeks, political and legal news in Israel have devoted a lot of attention to the appointment of Avichai Mendelblit as Attorney General (“AG”). Below is a summary of the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision in two petitions challenging the appointment, first because Mendelblit was the lone candidate for the position, and second for allegations of conflict of interests.
Over the past three months, the Israeli Supreme Court has been called upon in at least three cases to revisit the issue of military demolition of the homes of Palestinians who have committed (or are suspected of having committed) acts of terror against Israelis. While the Court has declined to reconsider the constitutionality of home demolitions, in two of these cases Justices Vogelman and Mazuz have expressed concern about this measure, with Justice Mazuz calling on the Court to re-examine home demolitions as the relevant jurisprudence dates back at least two decades.
Remarks at a Conference Marking the Retirement of President Grunis
Deputy President Emeritus Eliezer Rivlin
June 21, 2015
Translated by Orly Rachmilovitz
In an event held in a Supreme Court courtroom upon the retirement of President Dorit Beinisch and the beginning of the Justice Asher Grunis’ term as President, I congratulated them both and expressed my confidence that President Grunis would safely sail the Court through troubled waters to a safe haven.
In a landmark decision handed down in April, Avneri v. The Knesset, HCJ 5239/11, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the bulk of the Anti-Boycott Law while striking down one important provision. That law, passed in 2011, empowers the finance minister to fine, withhold funding from, or bring suits for damages against Israeli NGOs that call for boycotts of businesses in Israel.
Swearing-in Ceremony for President of the Supreme Court, Justice Miriam Naor, and Farewell to President of the Supreme Court, President Asher Grunis
The President’s Residence, January 15, 2015
Miriam Naor, President of the Supreme Court
Translated by Orly Rachmilovitz