Beinisch bids farewell: ´Supreme Court will have to adjust´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 02.28.12, 12:21)
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After reading final ruling, retiring court president tells leading
judicial figures ´we must deal with growing economic plight´
Speaking at her farewell ceremony on Tuesday, retiring Supreme Court
President Dorit Beinisch said, "As a judge in the Supreme Court I
believed that the most important thing was to maintain the
independence of the court, its freedom and ability to implement the
"The guideline I and my colleagues followed was that policy was not
dictated by the State Prosecution. There are always red lines which
we must not cross but we cannot waive the principles that we base our
work on," she added.
In her final judgment before retiring, Beinisch (70) and the High
Court of Justice overturned two articles of the Income Support Law,
which prevent people who own a car from receiving income support.
Beinisch will be replaced by Justice Asher Grunis, who was scheduled
to be sworn in later in the day.
"This ceremony is not easy for me. I am bidding farewell to the
Supreme Court, which has been my home for the past 15 years. The
court is not just another workplace, and being a judge is not just
another profession," Beinisch said with tears in her eyes. "The law
is part of every judge´s life and personality."
Addressing the changes within Israeli society, the retiring judge
said "alongside very important achievements, we must deal with the
growing plight that is spreading among the various (social) classes.
Unfortunately, the phenomenon of disrespect for human life can be
detected within Israeli society. There is a lot of violence. We
mustn´t ignore the fact that a fifth of Israel´s citizens are Arabs –
who have yet to realize their rights.
"The court will have to adjust itself to a changing reality. However,
not everything is in the hands of the Supreme Court – additional
institutions must (join forces) to solve the problems," she added.
During the ceremony in Jerusalem, which was attended by a host of
leading judicial officials, including former Supreme Court presidents
Aharon Barak and Meir Shamgar, former Supreme Court Judge Yitzhak
Zamir said that during her term Beinisch succeeded in fending off
attacks on the court and "safeguard the court´s status and authority."
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein lauded Beinisch´s "courage," saying
that "human dignity" was her "Lodestar."
Beinisch´s rulings "were not issued from an ivory tower," the AG
added. "She is deeply connected to Israeli society. This connection
stems mainly from her love for this country." (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 02/28/12)
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