18 October 2018 - 10 Heshvan 5779 - י' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Palestinian-Israeli woman to serve as judge in a Sharia court E-mail

For the first time in the history of the State of Israel, a Palestinian- Israeli woman has been appointed to serve as a judge in a Sharia religious court.

As reported by the “New Arab” website in April, Israel’s Judicial Appointments Committee announced that Hana Mansour-Khatib – a lawyer specialising in family law from the northern town of Tamra – had won a unanimous internal vote for the office. Mansour-Khatib even won the backing of members of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. The move has been hailed as historic by Israeli officials.

Some critics have dismissed it as a publicity stunt, drawing references to the continued human rights abuses suffered by Palestinian Muslims living under Israeli occupation. In the Jewish State, family law, including legislation governing divorce, marriage and endowments, is governed by religious courts, with separate systems existing for different religious denominations.

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