There is great rule in interpretation that a single term that appears in different statutes may have a different meanings in different statutes, according to the context and purpose of the law. This rule is connected to the principle of interpretation which governs Israeli jurisprudence – the purposive interpretation. The court is bound by the language of the law, but it does not read the text mechanically.
In December 2000, somewhere in the Tulkarm area, Israeli security forces shot and killed the petitioner’s husband. She wrote to the attorney general, asking him to order a criminal investigation of the incident and those responsible for it, but she was denied. The authorities said her late husband headed the Tanzeem organization in Tulkarm, commanded and armed a terrorist cell, which shot at Israeli civilians and soldiers. It had wounded three soldiers.
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