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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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Protecting Human Rights

Protecting Human Rights

(p.129) 16 Protecting Human Rights
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses several human rights cases in which the Supreme Court had played a central role. These cases often involve issues of religion and the state, which raises questions regarding women’s rights, the severe consequences of imposing religious law on the public at large, as well as issues of citizenship, nationality and Jewish identity. Furthermore, in Israel, the coalition system enables parties representing minorities to impose their will on the majority. Hence, time and again the Supreme Court has needed to protect the majority against the power wielded by minorities. In this vein, the chapter looks into notable cases falling under three categories: religion and the state, freedom of expression, and equality.

Keywords:   human rights, Israeli Supreme Court, sate and religion, citizenship and nationality, Jewish identity, freedom of expression, equality, coalition system, Women’s rights, Sexual orientation rights

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