UKMW prompts correction to Financial Times claim on Palestinian access to Supreme Court

A Financial Times article (Rabbi’s arrest sparks identity debate in Israel, Aug. 3) by Mehul Srivastava, their Jerusalem correspondent, included a paragraph contextualising the new Jewish Nation-State law as part of a pattern of ‘discriminatory’ measures.

We contacted Mr. Srivastava to express our concern that his characterisation of the change to Palestinian access to the Supreme Court is extremely misleading.

The change he’s referring to does stipulate that Israeli “district courts will now have jurisdiction to discuss West Bank Palestinian petitions regarding “planning and construction” disputes.  However, Palestinians will still be able to appeal district court rulings to the Supreme Court.  So, whilst district courts will now hear such Palestinian cases first, instead of going directly to the Supreme Court, it’s not accurate to claim that the new measure “blocks” Palestinians from approaching the Supreme Court.

A few hours later, we received a reply from the journalist thanking us for the clarification and informing us that the agreed to change the sentence.

Here’s the new wording:

The following addendum was also added to the bottom of the page noting the correction:


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  1. The FT article is still misleading. US citizens cannot directly petition the SC without approaching lower courts first. Would the FT lament that “American citizens have been blocked from directly approaching the Supreme Court”?

    • In the US, in certain international disputes, there is a concept of “original jurisdiction” of the Supreme Court, as such cases would not have originated in any US district. Israel’s previous allowance of a similar process probably mimicked the American concept but as a practical matter, with the non-sovereign territories both adjacent to and administered by Israel, it became impractical based merely on volume which itself is fueled by Euro-tax funded political agitation. This is good, necessary and not-highly publicized element of the new nation-state law.

  2. When the State of Israel finally finds partners for peace and justice among the Palestinian leaders, instead of the dedicated bomb throwers in Hamas and the hopelessly violence-prone PA, these land disputes can all be sorted out. They matter hugely to the individuals involved, but remain rather minor in the larger scheme of things.