Dov Levin

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Dov Levin (1988)

Dov Levin (December 1, 1925 – June 27[1] or 28,[2] 2001) was an Israeli jurist and Supreme Court justice in 1982–1995.[2]


Dov Levin was born in Tel Aviv to Eliyahu and Dvora Levin,[1] His father was born in Russia and emigrated to Palestine with his family as a child, and his mother was born in Palestine to a family of rabbis and scholars, descendants of the Vilna Gaon and residents of Palestine since the mid-19th century.

Levin joined the Irgun while at the same time working at the British Mandate police headquarters.[2] He also went to law school, and continued studying law upon his return to Tel Aviv in 1945.[1]During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War he served in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in the Alexandroni Brigade's 35th Battalion. In the reserves, he served in the Adjutant Corps.[1]

Levin had two sons, Eliyahu and Assaf, both of them lawyers.[1] He was also the uncle of poet and translator Amasai Levin.

Legal career[edit]

In 1951 Dov Levin joined the Israel Bar Association. In September 1966, he became a judge.[2] He also served in that capacity in the Military Court of Appeals as part of his reserve service.[1] Levin presided as a judge in the Tel Aviv magistrate court until May 1972, when he was promoted to the district court. In 1979 he became vice-president of the court. In March 1981, he became a provisional Supreme Court justice and was given a permanent tenure on February 15, 1982.[1] In 1988, he presided over a special court that judged John Demjanjuk and in the same year was responsible for disqualifying the Kach party from running for the Knesset.[2]

Levin was headed of the National Council for Prevention of Road Accidents and the Israel Football Association refereeing departments. After retiring from the bench in 1995, he became an arbitrator.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1997, Levin received the Yakir Tel Aviv prize.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Levin Dov" (in Hebrew). News1. July 7, 2001. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dov Levin; Israeli Judge Disqualified Kahane's Kach Party". Los Angeles Times. July 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ "Yekirei HaIr from Previous Years" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. p. 22. Retrieved 2011-03-15.