20 November 2003

[Israeli] Supreme Court Orders Broadcast of 'Geneva Accord'

Israel's Supreme Court, this morning, overturned the Broadcasting Authority's ban on airing advertisements for the 'Geneva Accords.' The Authority had refused to broadcast advertisements for Yossi Beilin's 'Geneva' initiative due to its controversial political nature and suspicion that the funding for its publicity in Israel was coming from foreign sources.

This morning, however, Israel's Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Ahron Barak, ordered the broadcasting authority to broadcast the advertisements.

The 'Geneva Understandings' were compiled by Israeli left-wing activists and Arabs from Yesha, to be sent to every home in Israel this week at a cost of 3 million shekels.

Why did this basic free speech issue need to go to the Supreme Court?

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