Title

World Jewry and the Ballot: - The Defence of Democracy at the World Zionist Federation and Its Potential Impact on Israel's Constitutional Law

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1977

ISSN

0021-2237

Publisher

Hebrew University

Language

heb

Abstract

This note highlights an important phase in the history of Zionism describing and analysing a recent decision by the W.Z.F. Tribunal which held categorically and unequivocally that the W.Z.F. is a democratic movement, and as such is bound to follow the most basic rules of democracythe maintenance of equal, popular elections. It then discusses the significance of the potential impact of this decision on Israeli constitutional law. The Tribunal's firm holding that the process of an implicit constitutional amendment is illegitimate and invalid, may signal a shift in the Israeli position which has, so far recognised this technique as valid. The fact that Landau J. who took part in moulding the Israeli approach, has abandoned it in the W.Z.F. decision, should alert the legal profession to the possibility of major changes in Israel's constitutional law in the near future.

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