Edna Arbel

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Edna Arbel
Supreme Court of Israel Justice
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-06-22)June 22, 1944
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Professional background[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]

In 1988, she was appointed as a judge in the Tel Aviv District Court.

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.[2][3] During her term, the prosecutor's staff grew from about 700 to 1,040 attorneys.[4] 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[5] by then Chief Justice Aharon Barak.[6]


  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. ^ Eliahou, Galia. "Edna Arbel". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  3. ^ מידע אישי על השופטים - קורות חיים של עדנה ארבל (in Hebrew). Elyon1.court.gov.il. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ Yoaz, Yuval (2008-04-02). "Arbel era ends at Prosecutor's Office". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.lawofisrael.com/israeli-supreme-court-decisions/ supreme court desocions database
  6. ^ "Edna Arbel". Haaretz.com. 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2010-08-15.