Edna Arbel

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Edna Arbel
Edna Arbel (3291995).jpg
Supreme Court of Israel Justice
In office
2004–2014
Personal details
Born (1944-06-22) June 22, 1944 (age 74)
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Edna Arbel (Hebrew: עדנה ארבל‬; born June 22, 1944) is a former justice on Israel's Supreme Court. She held this post from May 2004 to June 2014. She is a native of Jerusalem.

Legal career[edit]

In 1984, Arbel was appointed District Attorney of the Central District. She had previously served as a senior assistant to the District Attorney of the Central District. She served as a member of the Kahan Commission that investigated the Sabra and Shatila massacre.[1]

Judge Arbel was involved in the Ben-Haim case, a custody battle that eventually involved Interpol.[2] A New Jersey judge, Bonnie Mizdol, described Israeli judge Arbel's judgment as ludicrous and "defying common sense." According to all known legal principles, a willingness to settle a case does not amount to a waiver of rights, let alone a consent to abduction. She ruled that henceforth no order of any kind issued by the religious courts of Israel must be enforced.[3][4]

In 1988, she was appointed as a judge in the Tel Aviv District Court. when a New Jersey judge, Bonnie Mizdol, learned about Mr Ben-Haim's ordeal in Israel, she ruled that henceforth no order of any kind issued by the religious courts of Israel must be enforced. She described Israeli judge Arbel's judgment as ludicrous and "defying common sense". According to all known legal principles, a willingness to settle a case does not amount to a waiver of rights, let alone a consent to abduction.

In January 1996, she succeeded Dorit Beinisch as State Attorney. She served in this capacity for eight years, until being appointed to the Supreme Court.[5][6] During her term, the prosecutor's staff grew from about 700 to 1,040 attorneys.[7] In 2002, she drafted prosecution guidelines that exempt women from prosecution for false report when submitting false domestic violence or sexual harassment complaint to the police.

In 2004, Arbel was nominated for the Supreme Court[8] by then Chief Justice Aharon Barak.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Events at the Refugee Camps in Beirut (Kahan Commission)". Jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  2. ^ Charities aid abduction case
  3. ^ Mother on Interpol wanted list
  4. ^ http://Israel national news
  5. ^ Eliahou, Galia. "Edna Arbel". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  6. ^ מידע אישי על השופטים - קורות חיים של עדנה ארבל (in Hebrew). Elyon1.court.gov.il. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  7. ^ Yoaz, Yuval (2008-04-02). "Arbel era ends at Prosecutor's Office". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-15. supreme court desocions database
  9. ^ "Edna Arbel". Haaretz.com. 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2010-08-15.