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Dec 4, 2022, 2:24 PM
61 cats guarding the cream
Many loaded guns are lying on the political table today: an override clause; curtailment of the High Court’s power of administrative review of government actions; a change in the mechanism for selecting judges; and a downgrade of the attorney...
Nov 11, 2022, 3:13 PM
All you need to know about Israel’s ‘override clause’
With no integral checks and balances to the Israeli system, this so-called reform would leave human rights and minorities susceptible to abuses by the majority
May 25, 2020, 3:28 PM
A prime minister on trial: questions and answers
How long will the proceedings take? What about immunity? And has there ever been a sitting PM anywhere who faced criminal charges? (Yes, one)
Jan 3, 2020, 1:08 PM
A decade of anti-democratic legislation
On loyalty declarations, sanctioned Jews-only communities, and the Nation-State law that undermined the Declaration of Independence
Jul 31, 2019, 3:58 PM
The nation-state law, one year later: What has changed?
The Basic Law: Israel the Nation-State of the Jewish People turned one. What, if anything, has changed in that time? From a practical standpoint, the law’s ramifications are not yet clear. Neither its opponents nor its supporters ever claimed that...
Mar 14, 2019, 12:46 PM
Whatever happened to the Likud’s liberal values?
The Likud Party's Constitution defines it as "a national-liberal party advocating for the ingathering of exiles, the integrity of the Jewish homeland, human freedom, and social justice." Along with the goals of maintaining the integrity of the homeland, developing the country,...
Nov 23, 2014, 7:56 PM
A Ready Alternative to the Nation-State Law
The Israeli government coalition is being asked to weigh in on a truly fundamental issue that is a matter of principle, concerning the identity of the State of Israel, democracy, and relations between religion and state. The proposed Basic Law:...
Sep 30, 2014, 9:39 AM
The Admissions Committees Ruling: An Exercise in Restraint or a Refusal to Decide?
On September 17, 2014, the Israeli High Court of Justice upheld the "Admissions Committees Law," which allows small communities to reject potential residents due to a lack of social suitability. The Supreme Court's ruling on the Admissions Committees Law,...
Jul 24, 2014, 12:53 PM
Education for Democracy as a Remedy for Violence
Israel is going through a difficult and worrying time. Lurking behind the security situation that is disrupting our lives is an equally significant threat: a shocking wave of hatred, violence, and racism. What began as terrible statements in social...
Jun 24, 2014, 10:57 AM
Terrorist murderers can still go free
The government's new law will never block prisoner releases, but it will impose unjust and immoral sentencing
Dr. Amir Fuchs is head of the Defending Democratic Values project at the Israel Democracy Institute.