Moshe Cohen Dead at 63

Supreme Court Justice Moshe Cohen was buried on the Mt. of Olives today. He died yesterday at the age of 63 at Bikur Holim Hospital here following a long illness. The funeral services were attended by Supreme Court President Moshe Landau, Justice Minister Moshe Nissim and several hundred friends and colleagues.

Cohen was appointed to Israel’s highest court only a year ago but his illness kept him off the bench for the last five months. He had served for many years as a judge in Jerusalem’s Magistrates Court and the District Court and practiced law privately between 1970-1975 while on judicial leave.

Cohen was born in Greece in 1919, the year his family settled in Palestine. He was raised and educated in Jerusalem where he received a law degree. He began his legal career in 1950. His death left two vacancies in the Supreme Court. Landau is due for retirement next April when he reaches the age of 70. A recent appointee, former State Attorney Gavriel Bach, has not yet been formally confirmed by President Yitzhak Navon.

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