No Runaround, No Whitewash, No Cover-Up!

Emergency Order for

Establishment of State Commission
of Inquiry Into Blunders of 7 October

Join the Petition Calling for the Appointment of a State Commission of Inquiry

Only Public Pressure Will Lead to its Creation!

It is imperative to thoroughly investigate the blunders that led to the October 7 attack, the most horrific disaster in the history of the State of Israel. The event touched on the country’s central institutions and highest-ranking public officials and created an unprecedented crisis of trust between the state and its citizens.

The government under whose watch this disaster occurred has been going about its business as if nothing happened, driven by political survival motives and causing severe damage to Israel’s resilience.


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The failures leading up to the October 7 disaster, which had the worst consequences of any terrorist attack since the establishment of the state, must be thoroughly investigated. The public deserves answers and it is our duty to demand accountability from the country’s highest public officials who played a part in it.

According to the law, the decision to establish a state commission of inquiry rests with the government, but its chairman must be a sitting or retired District or Supreme Court judge. In contrast, a government inspection committee is appointed by a minister or the government, who also determine who its members will be and who will head it. They may appoint, as they see fit, either a retired judge (from any court level) or a public figure who is not a judge and is beholden to the political echelon that appointed him.

Only to the law. A state commission of inquiry is independent and autonomous, possesses extensive powers, and the government is obligated to discuss its recommendations. It is a body with “teeth” that can assign personal responsibility on those involved, as opposed to a government inspection committee, even one headed by a judge. Only an autonomous entity, independent of the government and political bodies, will gain the people’s trust and be able to restore the legitimacy of state institutions in the long term.

Only a state commission of inquiry has a broad mandate to investigate all relevant institutions and bodies across the entire political and security leadership, who are responsible for the most horrific calamity since the establishment of the state. This calls for an institutionally independent investigation, a condition that only a state commission of inquiry can meet.

Only a state commission of inquiry can ensure open-door discussions and the publication of all conclusions and protocols, as transparency of its work is critical to restoring the people’s trust. The decision to publicize the findings of the investigation rests with the commission, as opposed to a government inspection committee where the decision rests with the appointer – the political echelon in this case.

You should join the public pressure demanding the establishment of a state commission of inquiry. History proves that public pressure is the most critical factor in the decision to establish investigative commissions. Politicians will not do it of their own free will, as they just want to give us the runaround and to cover their asses. Only we can compel them to make the right decision, against their will but for the benefit of the country, the truth, and our future here.


Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.