Skip to comments.Nationalist Found Innocent, Becomes Lawyer
Posted on 06/22/2012 12:09:35 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
Nationalist activist and parliamentary aide Itamar Ben-Gvir of Hevron has finally become a lawyer, two years after finishing his law degree. Ben-Gvir faced opposition from the Israel Bar Association due to his history of political protest, which has included numerous run-ins with the police. He was most recently arrested just over two weeks ago, for confronting police officers over their decision to bring horses to a protest outside the Knesset.
Ben-Gvir was suspected of support for the outlawed Kach organization formed by Rabbi Meir David Kahane.
When informed of the Bar Associations opposition, Ben-Gvir send the group a list of precedents in which people with politically extreme views were allowed to become attorneys. A terrorist who attempted to kidnap a soldier was certified as a lawyer with no opposition from the Bar Association, he noted.
Several people were certified despite support for far-left groups such as Anarchists Against the Wall.
An internal Bar Association group agreed with Ben-Gvir, but decided to condition his certification on the completion of three trials against him. The three for participating in an unauthorized gathering, possession of defamatory posters, and insulting a public servant ended in Ben-Gvirs acquittal.
He expressed hope that his certification will help restore faith in the legal system. There is an entire community that feels that many of the courts are the territory of the far left, he said. There is an entire community that feels discriminated against, and I hope to serve that community, to represent it faithfully and with dignity, and to prove that the courts listen to arguments made by the right and by settlers, as well.
He plans to continue his work as a parliamentary aide to MK Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi)...
(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.