Hundreds demonstrate in Tel-Aviv against the Supreme Court: 'The people are the Sovereign'

Demonstrators gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israeli Supreme Court's rulings against terrorist home demolition, infiltrator deportations.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Demonstration against Supreme Court
Demonstration against Supreme Court
Im Tirtzu

Hundreds of activists demonstrated Tuesday night in Tel-Aviv against Israel's High Court of Justice, Ynet reported.

The demonstrators, led by the pro-Israel watchdog Im Tirtzu and the South Tel-Aviv Liberation Front, accused the High Court of abusing its power and operating as an undemocratic political actor.

The demonstrators loudly marched with Israeli flags from Habima Square to Independence Hall chanting slogans including "end the High Court's dictatorship," "the people are the sovereign," and "Jewish blood isn't cheap. The activists also called on the courts to stop their "judicial piracy."

Acclaimed legal scholar and former United States federal judge, Richard Posner, was the first to coin the term "judicial pirate," which he labelled former Israeli Supreme Court president Aharon Barak who was responsible for Israel's "constitutional revolution" that gave more power to the courts.

The demonstration came a day following the High Court's decision to stop the planned home demolition of the terrorist who murdered 18-year-old Dvir Sorek last year, which the security forces maintain will increase deterrence.

According to the demonstrators, this was merely the latest action in a long history of biased political activism by the court that put itself above the legislative and executive branches.

Last month, the High Court struck down a law passed by the Knesset requiring illegal migrant workers to deposit 20% of their monthly salaries to a special fund made available to them only upon leaving the country, drawing the ire of many south Tel-Aviv residents.

The law was legislated as a means of encouraging illegal migrant workers, the majority of whom reside in south Tel-Aviv, to voluntarily leave the country.

Sheffi Paz, a leading human rights activist in south Tel-Aviv, said at the demonstration: "The High Court continues to disregard the will of the people and of its elected officials in order to advance its own political agenda."

"Why should the right of an illegal migrant worker to make money trump the right of elderly citizens to live without crime and violence in their neighborhood?" said Paz.

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said: "We are marching here to send a message to the High Court justices that they are not the rulers of this land."

"These justices were never elected, yet they view themselves as supreme rulers who intervene time and time again in every aspect of our lives," continued Peleg.

"The time has come for our elected officials to restore the separation of powers between the branches of government and to limit the High Court's undemocratic intervention."