Mystery Golden Effigy of Israel's Chief Justice Pops Up Outside Supreme Court in Jerusalem

The police said an investigation has been opened after the statue was discovered on Thursday morning, though the public security minister has asked for clarification as seemingly no crime had been committed

The statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor outside the court in Jerusalem, August 31, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi

A golden statue of Israel Supreme Court President Miriam Naor appeared outside the court in Jerusalem on Thursday morning. The police said investigators and forensics officers were summoned to the scene and have opened an investigation after compound security discovered the statue.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan since tweeted about the incident, saying that the opening of an investigaion "requires an explanation" by the police as to what offence exactly is being investigated.

A number of suspects had been detained by a police patrol in the area but as no crime had been committed in the placing of the statue, they were released and their details were transferred to the local authorities for further processing.                       

In December of last year a similar gilded effigy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in Tel Aviv's central Rabin Square. A few hours after it had been set up, the statue was knocked down by citizens who were invited to Rabin Square through social media to try and "topple Netanyahu" themselves. The statue was placed at the iconic square by Israeli artist Itay Zalait as a "subversive political act," in the artist's words.

Municipal inspector remove the statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor outside the court in Jerusalem, August 31, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi
Municipal inspectors remove the statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor outside the court in Jerusalem, August 31, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi
Municipal inspector remove the statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor outside the court in Jerusalem, August 31, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi
Artist Itay Zalait next to his giant golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. December 6, 2016.
Moti Milrod