Tel Aviv [Israel]May 30 (ANI/TPS): Former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel has died at the age of 88.
“The President of the Supreme Court, Judge Esther Hayut, past and current Presidents and Judges of the Supreme Court, the President of the Court and all judges in Israel bowed their heads in the family’s deep condolences,” the court announced on Monday.
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Turkel was born in Tel Aviv in 1935 to Austrian immigrants. He graduated in 1960 from the Law School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
From 1967 to 1995, he served as a judge on various courts, including two years as an acting Supreme Court justice.
Turkel became a full Supreme Court judge in 1995 and served on the court until 2005.
In 2010, Turkel was appointed to head a special independent investigative committee, known as the Turkel Commission, to investigate the Mavi Marmara affair.
In that incident, the Israeli Navy intercepted a Turkish-organized fleet trying to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Turks armed with knives, crowbars and axes fought Israeli naval commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara, not expecting resistance. In the melee, 9 Turks were killed and 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded.
The Turkel committee concluded that Israel’s blockade of Gaza was legal, that Israel’s decision to intercept the fleet was in line with international norms, and that the navy’s use of force was “lawful under international law.”
From 2010 to 2018, Turkel served on a committee tasked with vetting appointments to senior government positions. Turkel was married for 65 years until the death of his wife Miriam in 2018. He leaves behind two daughters.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced. (ANI/TPS)
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