MKs propose new bills limiting Israel Supreme Court membership
One bill would forbid anyone living in a settlement to be a Supreme Court justice; another bill would block membership to anyone who has not served in the IDF or performed national service
Two more controversial bills regarding the composition of the Supreme Court will probably be submitted to the Knesset, after they were given a green light yesterday by Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon.
One bill, initiated by MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta'al ) would forbid anyone living in a settlement to be a Supreme Court justice.
For his part, Michael Ben Ari (National Union ) has proposed legislation that would block membership on that court to anyone who has not served in the army or performed national service. If such a justice is already serving there, he cannot be named president until he has fulfilled the service requirement, Ben Ari's bill states. His proposal has already been dubbed "the Joubran law" because it seems to target Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran - the only Arab on the court.
The bills will be debated today by the Knesset presidium, which will decide whether to seek further legal advice or allow them to be passed on for further discussion.
The presidium can void any legislation that is intrinsically racist, or that negates the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.
Yinon said neither bill could be classified as racist in the strictest sense, as neither attempts to prevent a Supreme Court appointment due to a candidate's color, race, or national or ethnic origins.