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Why the World Is Gripped by Sheikh Jarrah, While Israelis Aren't Really Interested

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Israel’s Supreme Court is routinely portrayed by right wingers as a bunch of out-of-touch, post-Zionist leftists. But at least this week, in its latest hearing on the Sheikh Jarrah evictions, the justices proved themselves to be fully in sync with the national mood.

“Let’s bring this down from the level of principle to a pragmatic level,” suggested presiding Justice Isaac Amit, as he and his two colleagues on the bench went way beyond the court’s traditional remit by trying to impose an agreed outcome on the two sides. The justices were prepared to do almost anything – including drafting a compromise themselves.

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