The Zionist Conspiracy
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Pluralism on Israel's Supreme Court
Haaretz has a feature about the selection process for Justices on the Supreme Court of Israel. Essentially, most of the Justices are secular Ashkenazim, but a slot is reserved for a Sephardi, an Arab, and a religious Judge.
When I interned at the Israeli Supreme Court for a summer in 1995, clerks would routinely identify Justice Eliyahu Tal as "the religious Judge." While there was no apparent intention to be condescending, it is unimaginable that a religious or ethnic minority would ever be publicly (or even privately) identified in a similar manner in any United States court, let alone in the Supreme Court. Tal later headed the Tal Commission, which recommended guidelines for integrating charedi Israelis into the IDF and general civil society.