The Supreme Court of Israel has appointed the first Muslim judge

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Israel selected Khaled Kabub as the first Muslim judge to have a permanent seat on the court.

More than 20% of Israeli citizens are Arab, and an Arab judge has served on the Supreme Court since 2003; however, all previous appointments were Christian.

Kabub is the first Muslim to be nominated to a permanent tribunal in the country, where Arabs, both Christian and Muslim, have complained of systemic discrimination.

Kabub, a former judge on the Tel Aviv district court, was one of four new justices nominated by a committee of Supreme Court judges, ministers, legislators, and attorneys.

He grew up in Jaffa and went to Tel Aviv University to study history and Islam. He earned his legal degree and worked in private practise before becoming a judge there. Abdel Rahman Zoabi, who was appointed to the Supreme Court for a one-year term in 1999, is the only other Muslim to have served on the court.

The Israeli Supreme Court considers cases involving hotspots in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a regular basis, including alleged breaches by Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

Seven Palestinian families are attempting to have lower court judgments evicting them from their homes in the volatile neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem overturned by the court.


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