Demonstrators take the Israel Supreme Court to task over political meddling. Miriam Alster/Flash90
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Is the Land Filled With Crimes?

Israelis protest the political meddling of the Supreme Court, but can anyone stop this violation of democracy?

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The title, taken from Ezekiel 7:23, was the name given to a panel hosted by the Café Shapira Forum last week. Café Shapira started four years ago as a Facebook group by Dalit Souter, who gave herself the Facebook name of Gali Bat-Horin.

Souter is a former leftist whose goal, which became the Forum’s motto, is to bring reason back to our discourse. This forum has grown to some 9,000 Facebook members, many of whom are also former leftists, and now has two physical centers hosting lecturers on issues that divide Israeli society.

Having been a member of this forum for quite some time now, I was invited to cover the panel, which included five people intimately familiar with our judicial system. All are are known as fierce critics, particularly of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s office.

The room was filled to capacity with people who just a year or two ago were completely oblivious to our judicial system becoming a political player. It would be fair to say that right-wingers in particular have viewed our judicial system…

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