Salim Joubran, 1947-2024

Joubran, a Maronite Christian born in Haifa, was the first Arab with a permanent seat on the Israeli Supreme Court, serving from 2004 to 2017 after a temporary appointment in 2003. He was often on the losing side of decisions while trying to protect minority rights. He previously served as a magistrate and district judge. He also was the first Arab to chair the Central Elections Committee.

Photo: Moshe Milner, Israeli Government Press Office