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“The High Court of Justice is not above the law.”

Following Chief Justice Miriam Naor’s decision to prevent an official representative of the Judicial Branch from participating in an official State ceremony marking 50 years since the liberation of Judea and Samaria, scheduled for tomorrow evening in Gush Etzion, The Regavim Movement filed an emergency motion with the High Court of Justice.

This morning, Chief Justice Naor’s office issued a surprising statement, announcing her decision to bar official representation of Israel’s Judiciary at a state ceremony tomorrow evening in Gush Etzion. The event, initiated by the Government of Israel in an official government decision, will mark 50 years since the liberation of Judea and Samaria, and was to have been attended by Justice Neil Hendel as the official representative of Israel’s Judiciary Branch. Following Chief Justice Naor’s announcement, Regavim’s motion argues that participation of senior members of the three branches of government in official state ceremonies is as much a part of accepted “constitutional protocol” – and as binding – as is the seniority system which Chief Justice Naor has championed vigorously over the past several months. 

Regavim’s motion effectively requires that the High Court decide whether the event in question is an official state ceremony; if it is not, the motion argues, the event should be canceled outright, and the government should be required to explain how an unofficial ceremony came to be classified as an official state ceremony, and by what right it was budgeted as an official state ceremony. If, however, the event is in fact an official state ceremony, the High Court must set aside the decision of the Chief Justice, and reinstate the protocol directive for a senior member of the Supreme Court to attend the ceremony as the official representative of Israel’s Judiciary.

Regavim will continue to monitor and update regarding this motion, in the hope that the public will gain greater insight into the workings of our judicial system.