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Debate: The Hague: Israel to respond to genocide charges

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Israel is sending former Supreme Court judge Aharon Barak, an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, to the hearing before the International Court of Justice. A clever move, De Telegraaf comments:

“Barak enjoys a high standing in the legal world and can be considered unbiased, precisely because he was put forward by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The latter’s government took massive action against Barak last year. The controversial reforms were aimed at dismantling the legal framework that Barak had established as chief justice. … The Israeli government believes that judges have too much power in their own country, but it is precisely the strong independent judiciary that has regularly prevented international courts from dealing with the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories in the past.”

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