Justice George Kara, a Christian Arab now appointed to the Supreme Court of Justice. (Courtesy) (Courtesy)
George Kara

Is Israel an apartheid state? Not if you look at the facts. 

The State’s Committee for Appointing Judges on Wednesday chose four new candidates to serve on Israel’s Supreme Court of Justice, the Jewish state’s highest judicial entity. The chosen judges include George Kara, a Christian Arab, and Yael Vilner, an orthodox Jewish woman.

Judge Kara is seen as a replacement for Justice Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab, who has served as a Supreme Court judge since 2003 and who is slated to retire in the coming months.

Vilner will become the first religiously observant woman in history to hold a permanent seat on the Supreme Court bench.

Also appointed were Jerusalem District Court Judge Dr. David Mintz, an observant Jew and a resident of the community of Dolev in the Binyamin region, and Haifa District Court President Yosef Elron.

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked said that the new appointments reflect a diversity that has been lacking in the Supreme Court until now.

It was an “historic day… the flagship boat of our judicial system changed its direction tonight,” she declared.

Member of Knesset (MK) Nurit Koren, a member of the committee, said that she believes these appointments signal a shift in Israel’s courts, which in her view will boost the public’s faith in the judicial system. A large segment of Israeli society has stated that the High Court, which they perceived as too liberal and left-wing, did not represent their values.

This change in the court’s composition will likely stabilize the institution, rather than shocking it, Koren said.

Anyone living in Israel knows that Arabs are employed by and receive service at all government offices. They study at all universities, including Ariel University in Samaria, and serve as judges, IDF officers and parliamentarians.

Take this example of daily life in Israel – taking a ride on public transportation. You step onto the bus with an Arab bus driver. While sitting on the bus, you shift over so an Arab can sit beside you. While you’re out, you stop by a pizza shop for a snack, and an Arab stands beside you in line.

Israel exists as the only democracy in the Middle East with a truly open society.

By: United with Israel Staff

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