Beinisch Bids Teary Farewell to Bench (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 02/28/12)
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Dorit Beinisch formally ended her term as Supreme Court judge and as
the court´s president Tuesday, in an emotional farewell ceremony
attended by the judiciary´s top figures. Her replacement, Judge Asher
Grunis, is to be sworn in later in the day.
Beinisch read out one of her final verdicts, in which she ruled that
ownership of a car does not disqualify a person from eligibility for
National Insurance Institute welfare stipends.
She wiped away a tear and said, "As one expects from farewells, the
ceremony is not easy for me. I am saying farewell to the Supreme
Court that was my home for 15 years." Tuesday is also Beinisch´s 70th
birthday – the age at which judges must check in their robes and
Among those attending the ceremony were former Supreme Court
Presidents Aharon Barak and Meir Shamgar, as well as retired judges
Mishael Heshin and Yaakov Turkel.
Attorney General and Government Legal Adviser Yehuda Weinstein
addressed those present and lauded Beinisch as "an example and a
shining light of judgeship." He praised her "great courage" and said
that "human dignity was her Northern Star."
A study published in 2010 by Prof. Aryeh Ratner of Haifa University
showed a huge downward shift in the public´s respect and trust for
the Supreme Court in the preceding decade, which included four years
under Beinisch as President. The study found that among hareidi
religious Jews, trust for the top court dropped from 15 percent in
2000 to 9 percent in 2010, while among residents of Judea, Samaria
and Gaza, it fell from 46 percent in 2000 to 20 percent ten years
Among the rest of the Jewish population, trust dropped precipitously
from 61 percent to just 36 percent.
In 2011, Minister Uzi Landau said in the Knesset, "The Supreme
Court´s makeup has no pluralism, only Ashkenazi elitism. It is
leftist, political, detached from Judaism and occasionally from
reality, and allows itself to invade territory that it does not
Two weeks later, Judge Beinisch hit back at Landau in an extremely
unusual speech, saying, "For several years, a campaign is being
waged, which gains momentum from year to year, with the aim of
weakening the judicial system and the Supreme Court at its head. This
is a delegitimization campaign that is spearheaded by several
politicians, MKs and even government ministers, who take advantage of
their immunity to give the public false and misleading information
that has devolved into incitement against the court, its judges and
its judicial work."
She later reportedly made clear that she was referring to Landau.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/28/12)
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