Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jeffrey Heller's new-found respect for the Israeli Supreme Court

In previous posts, we noted how Reuters correspondents seek to question the equity of Israel's justice system and belittle the authority of Israel's Supreme Court when it comes to legal decisions they don't like, e.g., restoring property in Jerusalem to Jews who have proven Title.  Correspondents like Jeffrey Heller do this for example, by failing to attribute rulings to the Israeli Supreme Court or Israeli High Court, instead alluding with vagueness to orders by "an Israeli court" (indeterminate; subordinate) and offering no detail on the Court's rulings which would contextualize decisions.

In a story today on the decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to open Highway 443 to Palestinian traffic, Jeffrey Heller discovers a new-found respect for Israel's Supreme Court, referring to it by name and quoting the Chief Justice:
Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Highway 443, which cuts through the occupied West Bank and links Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, must be open to Palestinian traffic banned since 2002 by the military after attacks on Israeli vehicles.

"Freedom of movement is a basic human right and every effort must be made to implement it in territory held by Israel," Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch said in a ruling in favor of Palestinian villages, located along the highway, that brought the suit.
Apparently for Reuters, the law is an ass only when it disagrees.

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