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Tens of thousands of Israelis attend a massive protest against the government’s judicial overhaul plan on March 11, 2023, in Tel Aviv. Amir Levy/Getty Images

Israel’s democracy protests: What happens next?

What will happen in Israel after more than half a year of pro-democracy demonstrations against the conservative government’s judicial overhaul?
A Palestinian girl plays with a ball outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem. Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

Most Palestinians in East Jerusalem are sitting out Israeli protests – but they are still concerned about a potential judicial reform

Recent in-depth interviews with Palestinians living in East Jerusalem show that while they are following the Israeli protests, they feel an overall sense of resignation about their futures.
Lifetime tenure has pushed the average age of judicial nominees down as presidents appoint younger justices in hopes they will serve for many decades. Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Should the Supreme Court have term limits?

Unlike in most countries, US Supreme Court justices enjoy life tenure. Some legal scholars believe that centuries-old custom, meant to protect judicial independence, no longer serves the public.

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