Nationalist Found Innocent, Becomes Lawyer (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 06/22/12)
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Nationalist activist and parliamentary aide Itamar Ben-Gvir of Hevron
has finally become a lawyer, two years after finishing his law
degree. Ben-Gvir faced opposition from the Israel Bar Association due
to his history of political protest, which has included numerous run-
ins with the police. He was most recently arrested just over two
weeks ago, for confronting police officers over their decision to
bring horses to a protest outside the Knesset.
Ben-Gvir was suspected of support for the outlawed Kach organization
formed by Rabbi Meir David Kahane.
When informed of the Bar Association’s opposition, Ben-Gvir send the
group a list of precedents in which people with politically extreme
views were allowed to become attorneys. A terrorist who attempted to
kidnap a soldier was certified as a lawyer with no opposition from
the Bar Association, he noted.
Several people were certified despite support for far-left groups
such as Anarchists Against the Wall.
An internal Bar Association group agreed with Ben-Gvir, but decided
to condition his certification on the completion of three trials
against him. The three – for participating in an unauthorized
gathering, possession of defamatory posters, and insulting a public
servant – ended in Ben-Gvir’s acquittal.
The long-time land of Israel activist was then allowed to take an
oral exam. Examiner Judge Gilad Neuman praised Ben-Gvir for his
knowledge and approved him for the bar.
Ben-Gvir finally received his diploma along with 2,091 other new
attorneys in a ceremony in Jerusalem’s Binyanei Hauma building.
He expressed hope that his certification will help restore faith in
the legal system. “There is an entire community that feels that many
of the courts are the territory of the far left,” he said. “There is
an entire community that feels discriminated against, and I hope to
serve that community, to represent it faithfully and with dignity,
and to prove that the courts listen to arguments made by the right
and by settlers, as well.”
He plans to continue his work as a parliamentary aide to MK Michael
Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi) alongside his new legal career.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/22/12)
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