Judges avoid West Bank an­niver­sary event

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

IS­RAEL’S TOP judge this week re­fused to send rep­re­sen­ta­tives to an event com­mem­o­rat­ing fifty years of set­tle­ment in the West Bank, fur­ther deep­en­ing a rift be­tween the Supreme Court and Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

The £2.1 mil­lion gov­ern­ment­funded com­mem­o­ra­tion was des­ig­nated a “na­tional event”, but op­po­si­tion par­ties re­fused to at­tend, say­ing cel­e­brat­ing the set­tle­ments is not a mat­ter of na­tional con­sen­sus.

Supreme Court pres­i­dent Miriam Naor said it would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” for judges to at­tend, but Tourism Min­is­ter Yariv Levin called the de­ci­sion “a big scan­dal”.

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