Tag Archive for Supreme Court

U.S. Congressmen seeking to reverse State Dept policy on Jerusalem


52 Congressional lawmakers ask the Secretary of State in their letter to enforce a law passed by Congress in 2002 that requires the State Department to record Israel as a Jerusalem-born citizen’s birthplace on his/her passport.

By Erez Linn & Israel Hayom Staff


Almost seven years after the parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, an American born in Jerusalem, unsuccessfully sued the State Department to have “Jerusalem, Israel” listed as his place of birth on his U.S. passport, 52 members of Congress are calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reverse long-standing policy on the issue.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)

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District Court orders Haifa Chemicals to empty ammonia tank


Mayor Yona Yahav accuses Haifa Chemicals of ‘misleading and lying to the public’ after backtracking on pledge not to appeal court decree to close the potentially catastrophic facility.

By Amir Ben David, Lior El Hai and Ilana Curiel


Haifa Chemicals has been ordered to empty the Haifa ammonia tank within 10 days and has been banned from restocking until the end of discussions on a petition to close the facility filed by the city of Haifa.

Haifa Chemicals are expected to appeal the decision, which was taken by Judge Ghada Bsul of the Haifa Court for Local Affairs, despite an earlier pledge to “respect the decision of the court.” Continue Reading »

Chile Supreme Court rejects Palestinian lawsuit against three Israeli Judges


Chile’s Supreme Court rejected a Palestinian appeal to indict Israeli judges because there wasn’t any evidence to charge them as criminals, let alone war criminals or for crimes against humanity.

By Tovah Tzimuki


A complaint against three Israeli Supreme Court justices has been rejected in Chile for a second time.

Former Israeli Judge Asher Grunis – By Oyoyoy:Wikimedia Commons

The three – Former Judge Asher Grunis, Judge Uzi Feldman, and Judge Nil Handel – had complaints against them for their part in permitting the construction of the West Bank security barrier in the Beit Jala area.

The complaint was issued by the Palestinian Federation of Chile in November to the Supreme Court of Chile. Continue Reading »

WATCH: IDF demolished homes of ‘Sarona terrorists’ who killed 4 unarmed civilians


view videoPalestinian terrorists, Muhammed Muhamra & Khalid Muhamra’s homes were destroyed after the Supreme Court rejected family’s petitions, saying: Destroying the homes of terrorists “significantly contributes to deterrence at this time.”

By Lilach Shoval, AP and Israel Hayom Staff


The Israeli military, in cooperation with the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, demolished the homes of the two Palestinian terrorists behind the deadly attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market in June.

The two Palestinian terrorists behind the deadly attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, and their accomplice – Photo: Yossi Zeliger

The military says the West Bank homes of cousins Muhammed Muhamra and Khalid Muhamra were demolished early Thursday. Continue Reading »

US Supreme Court Ruling: Iran to pay terror victims $2.65 billion


Landmark ruling forces frozen Iranian assets to compensate families of American victims of Iranian sanctioned terrorism, including deadly Hezbollah attacks.

By Tova Dvorin


The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of American terror victims on Wednesday, awarding over $2 billion in Iranian assets to the families of victims murdered in Iran-backed attacks.

Iranian flag – Thinkstock

The court doled a heavy blow to Iran’s central bank, Bank Markazi, by a 6-2 ruling, Reuters reports.

Tehran had appealed a 2014 New York Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the legality of a 2012 law, which stated that the frozen funds should go toward the $2.65 billion judgement the families won against Iran in a US federal court in 2007. Continue Reading »

Without elucidating decision, Supreme Court sides with Bedouin landgrabbers over Jewish landowners


Israel’s Supreme Court rejected, without giving explanation, an appeal by Jewish landowners against a Bedouin tribe that’s squatting on their land in illegally built homes.

By Reut Hadar


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the organization Regavim dealing with the Negev village Bir Hadaj, hundreds of whose residents entered the nearby plot that was privately owned by Jews and built dozens of illegal buildings.

An illegal Arab house

An illegal Arab house – Regavim: Oved Arad

In 1995, after the government decided to create the Ramat Hovev industrial area, members of the ‘Azazme tribe from Ramat Hovev moved to Ramat Negev council fields, and created illegal structures next to Kibbutz Revivim. Continue Reading »

First major US trial win against Palestinian terrorism will be precedent maker

A win in the ongoing New York trial represented by Shurat Hadin against the Palestinian Authority, would signal a plaintiff-friendly playing field for filing further terrorism cases in the US.



The stakes are high.

A win by the plaintiffs in the first terrorist trial against the Palestinian Authority could mean a multi-billion dollar judgment, a major diplomatic setback for the PA and possibly even reduce the PA’s enthusiasm for using the legal arena to pressure Israel.

An Israeli Border Policewoman is helped by rescuers after she was injured in a suicide bombing.

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US Supreme Court tells Federal Circuit Court: Rethink Teva decision

Supreme Court rules for Israel’s Teva generic drug manufacturer over multiple sclerosis drug patent.


WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in its fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, by sending the case back to a lower court for further review.

Israel’s Teva’s factory in Hungary – Photo: Bloomberg

On a 7-2 vote, the justices said that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had not used the correct approach in analyzing whether the patent in question, due to expire in September 2015, was valid. Continue Reading »

US Supreme Court to end decade long drama on Jerusalem passport case

The Justices will determine whether “Israel” can appear on U.S. issued passports of Americans that were born in Israel’s capital.



The US Supreme Court is expected on Monday to make its final historic decision on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can have “Israel” written on their passports as their place of birth.

US Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

US Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, has been winding through the US courts for years with major setback decisions followed by unexpected decisions putting the case back on track.

The policy of the US, both under Republican and Democratic presidents, since the founding of the State of Israel has been that passports of Americans born in Jerusalem will read merely “Jerusalem” as place of birth, not “Israel.” Continue Reading »

Supreme Court rules against Rabbi kicked out of frequent-flier program


The  Supreme Court agreed with the carrier that a ‘kvetcher’ who abuses the program, having complained 24 times in 7 months, can be ejected.



The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Minnesota rabbi who claimed he was cut from an airline’s frequent flier program for earning too many miles.

Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400

Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400

The court issued its unanimous ruling on Wednesday.

Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg was one of Northwest Airlines’ top fliers when he was cut from its program in 2008. Northwest has since been absorbed by Delta.

The rabbi, who acquired his frequent flier miles by consulting with educational organizations throughout the country,  says the airline was targeting top miles earners. Continue Reading »

Ministers to decide on Palestinian prisoner release list


Palestinians officials outraged at planned announcement of new Israeli settlement constructions plans, alongside the release of jailed Palestinian terrorists.



The ministerial committee tasked with selecting the list of Palestinian security prisoners to be released is scheduled to meet on Saturday night to decide on those to be freed late Monday night, in the third out of four such releases.

A released Palestinian prisoner at the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip.

A released Palestinian prisoner at the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. – Photo: REUTERS

Soon after the prisoner release, Israel is expected to announce plans for construction beyond the Green Line. Continue Reading »

Verdict: Supreme Court rules TA to enforce closing businesses on Shabbat

Supreme Court tells Tel Aviv Municipality must ensure AM:PM & Tiv Ta’am supermarket chains are not open on Saturdays, following petition by city’s grocers.


Tel Aviv Municipality says they will find a solution to balance Sabbath rest & city’s freedom.

By Aviel Magnezi



The Supreme Court approved Tuesday an appeal filed by Tel Aviv grocers, and stated that the Tel Aviv Municipality should act more decisively to ensure that the AM:PM and Tiv Ta’am stores do not open on Saturdays.

סניף טיב טעם (צילום: ערן יופי כהן)

Tiv Ta’am – Photo: Eran Yuppy Cohen

The judges ruled that the municipality should consider using other enforcement measures, since imposing fines alone, as done today, fails to achieve the purpose of the law. Continue Reading »

Arab Lawers: ‘Tourist’ Tents in E-1 Should Remain until May

Attorney argues that the tents put up by Arab activists in E-1 are tourist meeting points.

State’s attorney seeks immediate removal.

By Maayana Miskin


The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of several tents put up by Palestinian Authority resident activists in the E-1 neighborhood of Maaleh Adumim. The tents were put up shortly after the PA objected to Israeli plans to build in the area.

מאחז באב אל-שאמס. המדינה מבקשת לפנותו  (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

The outpost – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

However, an attorney for the Arab activists argued Wednesday that the tents were not put up in an attempt to create “facts on the ground,” but rather, are a meeting point for tourists. Continue Reading »

State pessimistic about success of Ulpana homes’ relocation

State motions court to postpone project’s deadline after spending millions of shekels in dismantling of evacuated homes,  admits homes might not be fit for accommodation.

Itamar Fleishman


The State motioned the Supreme Court on Sunday to postpone by 60 days a High Court deadline for the dismantling of the Ulpana neighborhood homes.

The State admitted that the houses might not be fit for accommodation after they are taken apart in a project which has cost millions of shekels.

פינוי גבעת האולפנה בחודש יוני (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

Ulpana evacuation last June – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

The reason: the houses were not built according to construction plans and differently than what the Defense Ministry had expected. Continue Reading »