Dalia Dorner

Dalia Dorner’s early commitment to human rights shaped her decade of service as an Israel Supreme Court Justice. Born Dolly Greenberg, Dorner made Aliyah in 1944 with her family, but when her father died soon afterwards, she was raised at Neve ha-Yeled, a youth village. At age twelve, she was chosen to help lobby the Anglo American Committee of Enquiry to allow Holocaust survivors to immigrate to Palestine. After earning her law degree from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1958, she served in the IDF’s Military Advocate General as an attorney, working her way up the ranks over twenty years to a position as judge in the IDF Court of Appeals and earning the rank of colonel. She left the IDF in 1979 and was appointed judge of the District Court of Beersheva in 1979 and the District Court of Jerusalem in 1984, where she remained for a decade before her elevation to the Supreme Court in 1994. She became known for rulings in favor of free speech and the rights of women, same-sex couples, and special-needs children. After her retirement in 2004, she was appointed president of the Israeli Press Council in 2006 and began teaching law at Bar-Ilan University.

Topics: Law, Military

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Military officer, lawyer, and judge, Dalia Dorner in 2010.

Photograph by Levy Dudy.

Wikimedia Commons.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Dalia Dorner." (Viewed on April 22, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/dorner-dalia>.


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