Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In Israel, Sharia Courts Must Now Display Israeli Flag

In Israel, personal status matters, such as marriage and divorce and in some cases custody and inheritance, are handled by religious courts of the various religious communities. These courts-- Jewish religious courts for the Jewish population, Sharia courts for the Muslim population, as well as Druze and Christian courts-- are part of the state judicial system. I24 reported yesterday that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has ordered that Sharia courts must now display Israeli flags and national symbols. Previously they have not done so. Shaked has also taken steps aimed at appointment of the first female as an Israeli Sharia Court judge and member of the selection committee for Muslim religious judges.