Former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Meir Shamgar was laid to rest today in a public funeral at 1:30 p.m. Before the funeral, he will laid in state from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Supreme Court to allow the public to pay their respects.
Shamgar’s sons Dan and Ram along with Prime Minister Benjamin, President Rivlin, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak, and former justice Edna Arbel will delivered eulogies at the funeral.
Shamgar passed away Saturday at the age of 94.
Shamgar was born in 1925 in Danzig, Poland. In 1939, he immigrated to Israel which was then controlled by the British Mandate. During that time, he was exiled by the British to Africa for his participation with a group of Jewish resistance fighters.
When the State was established in 1948, Shamgar returned to Israel and enlisted in the IDF. In 1968 he was appointed Attorney General of the State of Israel, a position he held until 1975 when he was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court. Shamgar became chief justice in 1983, a position he held onto until 1995.
As attorney general, he made the decision to allow Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to submit legal appeals directly to Israel’s Supreme Court.
As chief justice, he is well remembered as the one who overturned the conviction of John Demjanjuk, a Nazi guard at the Sobibor death camp, who was facing capital punishment for crimes against humanity.
After his retirement in 1995, Shamgar led the committee that investigated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination by a Jewish extremist.