Supreme Court Justice Mazuz Stunned Israel When He Retired. He Finally Explains Why

A conversation with the man who led Israel's justice system through a series of major crossroads, and one day decided to get up and leave

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Gidi Weitz
Gidi Weitz
Gidi Weitz
Gidi Weitz

In the course of 2020, the unit in charge of securing Israel’s courts decided to install cameras outside the home of Menachem Mazuz and to provide him with a bodyguard to escort him for a few days on the short trip from his home to the Supreme Court building in Jerusalem. The decision came after Mazuz had again ruled in favor of accepting a Palestinian family’s petition to the High Court of Justice to prevent the demolition of their home following a terrorist attack committed by a member of the family without their knowledge or involvement. Over the years, the High Court had rubber-stamped hosts of demolition requests from the political decision makers, the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces. Meni Mazuz, as he is widely known, decided to upset the apple cart.

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