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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Israeli court reinstates ban on controversial film
Hany at 6:20 PM ET

Here is Wednesday's Middle East legal news. Reuters reports that Israel's Supreme Court has issued a temporary injunction that reinstated a ban on the showing of a controversial documentary by Israeli Arab filmmaker Mohammad Bakri. The film, Jenin Jenin, was originally banned last December by Israel's Film Ratings Board claiming that the film distorted the facts surrounding the April 2002 Israeli assault on a Jenin camp that killed 60 Palestinian militants and civilians and 23 Israeli soldiers. The Supreme Court on November 11, 2003 lifted that ban which was reimposed today. The temporary ban will stay in place until further review by the Court. IsraelNN.com has more. Read a UN report on Jenin here.... IsraelNN.com also reports on a new program launched by the New Israel Fund to prepare Israel's future judges for civil liberties advocacy and judicial activism. The NIF was founded 21 years ago by heads of the left-wing Peace Now organization for social action purposes. Eliezer Yaari, The Director General of the Fund has recently stated that judicial activism is the most efficient way to achieve their goals since the Court can drastically affect Israeli society without the need for elections.... Globes Online reports that in Israel starting in 2004, the public will be able to file court petitions by e-mail, eliminating the need to go to the courthouse personally.
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