Honorary U. of Haifa doctorate for Joubran (JERUSALEM POST) By JOANNA PARASCZCUK 05/01/12)
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Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran an honorary doctorate in
recognition of his many years in the legal arena and for his work to
create closer ties between Jews and Arabs, the university announced
Haifa University President Aharon Ben-Zeev said Joubran had “given a
place for social issues in his rulings” as well as protecting
vulnerable groups in Israeli society.
A Haifa native, Joubran is Israel’s second Arab Supreme Court
justice. Born in 1947, the son of a local Christian Arab family from
Haifa’s German Colony, he began his judicial career in 1982, in the
Haifa Magistrate’s Court. He was appointed a permanent Supreme Court
justice in May 2004, and was one of the three justices who upheld
Moshe Katsav’s rape conviction last year.
He has also been active in Jewish-Arab relations, helping found the
Arab-Jewish community center Beit Kedem in Acre and serving on the
board of Haifa’s Arab-Jewish cultural center, Beit Hagefen.
Joubran has been the subject of controversy, most recently when he
refused to sing the Israeli national anthem at former Supreme Court
president Dorit Beinisch’s retirement ceremony. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/01/12)
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