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Sunday, August 23, 2009

American immigrant appointed Israeli Supreme Court justice

Neil Hendel (pictured), a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush and Yeshiva University, was appointed to Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday in a unanimous decision by the selection committee. He was one of three judges appointed.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel hailed the appointments as "the beginning of a revolution" in the appointment of judges. The forum noted that this was the first time that a majority of the judges selected were not favored by the Supreme Court President, and that judges Hendel and Amit are both independent thinkers, unlike the candidates usually favored by Beinisch. The forum also noted that President Beinisch wanted to adjourn the meeting Sunday without making the appointments but that Justice Minister Ne'eman insisted on a decision.

Neal Hendel, who dons a knit kippah, was born in 1952 in the United States. He studied at Flatbush Yeshiva and New York University and in 1973 studied Talmud with Rabbi Y. Soloveichik at Yeshiva University. He completed his law degree at Hofstra University and came on Aliyah to Israel in 1983. He has been a judge since 1988.

Judge Yitzhak Amit was born in 1958 in Israel. He graduated from Zeitlin High School and served in the IDF. In 1985 he completed his law studies at Hebrew University. After working as a private sector lawyer for 11 years he was appointed to the Haifa Magistrates' Court.

Judge Uzi Fogelman was born in 1954 in Israel. He graduated from Aleph Municipal High School in Tel Aviv and served in the IDF's Nachal Regiment. He received his law degree at Tel Aviv University and became a lawyer in 1980. From 1982 to 2000 he worked in the Prosecution where he became a department head and a favorite of Beinisch's. He was appointed to the District Court in 2000 after receiving a Masters' Degree in Public Management at Harvard University.


At 6:53 AM, Blogger Ʀăḥٹლąί said...

The fact Justice Hendel dons a knit kippah doesn't tell us much. Do we know of his philosophy?


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