Ethiopian Israeli women appointed judges

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By Greer Fay Cashman.. Although there is no shortage of Ethiopian-Israeli lawyers, none had previously reached the bench. Two women from Israel’s Ethiopian community broke through the glass ceiling on Tuesday (December 20, 2016), becoming the first to be appointed judges. They were among six women who were included in the 13 new judicial appointments as judges and registrars serving in the district, magistrate’s and traffic courts in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Although there is no shortage of Ethiopian-Israeli lawyers, none had previously reached the bench. [Photo top right:NEWLY APPOINTED Judge Ednaki Sebhat Haimowitz shakes hand with President Reuven Rivlin yesterday at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.. (photo credit:MARK NEYMAN/GPO)]At the appointments ceremony at the President’s Residence, Ednaki Sebhat Haimowitz and Esther Tafta Gardi were the last two judges to be called to make the pledge not to pervert the law or to show favor. Haimowitz has been appointed to the Central District Magistrate’s Court, and Gardi to the Haifa District Traffic Court.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said it is high time for all sectors of the population to be represented in the judiciary, though she hastened to add that they had been chosen for their qualifications and their abilities, and not to simply fill a void in the demographic mosaic of the courts. Read the full story here.

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