Yesterday, Noorster and I ventured all the way to Jerusalem where we met up with John for a tour. First stop was the Supreme Court. Noorster's photos are so beautiful! The place really conveyed the feeling of a Temple of Justice. I've posted my own, more prosaic, photos on flickr too.
The best I can offer here is a shot of one important historical document displayed in their gorgeous museum area.
At left, the League of Nations Mandate, assigning Palestine ("Trans-Jordan") to Great Britain in December, 1922.
Also on display was the landmark 1994 decision on the El Al Airlines vs. Jonathan Danilowitz case, awarding employee benefits to same-sex life partners. (My photo of that one came out too blurry to post.)
By coincidence, at the Court yesterday they were hearing arguments on whether to recognize same-sex civil marriages performed legally in foreign countries, for example Canada. The lawyer for the state was arguing valiently and energetically against, but the judges (there were seven, including four women and Chief Justice Aharon Barak) were giving her a hard time and I predict she will lose. After the hearings are concluded, they will take a few months to deliberate, so look for a decision this Fall. This case is of personal interest to me, given that elswhere and Renaissance Woman got married in Vancouver, BC, in 2000, two years after their commitment ceremony in the USA. Not that I expect them to move to Israel any time soon, but in theory it would be nice if they could come as a married couple, with whatever benefits that would bestow.