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Military Judge Calls Stone Throwing at Jews ‘Mischievous’

It turns out that the military judiciary system whose task it is to put an end to acts of terrorism, is surprisingly tolerant.
Illustrative: Arab throwing a stone at a Jewish target.

Illustrative: Arab throwing a stone at a Jewish target.
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Adele Bitton is a baby girl who was seriously injured when her mother lost control of the vehicle she was driving and smashed into a truck, outside the city of Ariel in Samaria. She did that after a stone hit her car. The stone that was thrown, along with many others, was more the size of a cinder block than what one imagines when one reads the relatively innocent word “stone.”

The IDF, along with police and the secret police have rounded up the five young Arabs who decided to forego activities most other teenagers around the world take up late at night, in favor of hurling stones at Jewish cars. It’s the “Stones Intifada,” we’re told, it’s taking place in Judea and Samaria, where Jews and Arabs still come in contact with each other. It’s perceived as less serious than the Missiles and Mortars Intifada of Gazan Arabs, because, supposedly, when you’re hit by a stone you’re less likely to die than when a Kassam lands on your house.

Not in the case of Adele Bitton, who, since the harrowing night of March 14, 2013, is still fighting for her tiny life.

But the bad guys have been picked up, and will now have to face an Israeli military court. Israel, you see, has been reluctant for some 46 years to impose its legal system on the “territories” and so the crimes of local Arabs are being deliberated by IDF courts.

That’s gotta’ be scary, you’d think. Who wouldn’t prefer a civilian judge to a military tribune? We’ve all watched “A Few Good Men,” we know the Army tends to go short on defendants’ rights and privileges.

Not really.

It turns out that the military judiciary system whose task it is to put an end to acts of terrorism, is surprisingly tolerant of them.

Three months ago, the senior judge at the Samaria Ofer Military Court, Maj. Amir Dahan, issued a verdict in the case of Ahmed Search, Adel Shehadeh, Ihab Alhfs and Na’al Search, four Arabs from the village of Marda, also near Ariel.

According to the indictment, those four boys participated in the rite of stone throwing at Jewish vehicles on Route 505, between Ariel and Apple junction – two years ago. The four reached the side of the road, spotted the Renault with Israeli plates driven by a Jewish family from Samaria, and threw rocks at them from a distance of about 30 feet.

Half the distance between the pitcher and the catcher in the major leagues. You can aim a stone pretty good from this distance if you know what you’re doing. If you can hit a catcher’s mitt, you can smash a moving car’s window.

That’s what they did, “smashed all the windows on the right side of the vehicle,” the indictment reads. One of the stones, the size of 4.7 by 7.4 inches, flew threw the windshield and hit the head of a 12-year-old girl that was sitting there.

He saw the girl, the Arab teenager with the brick. From 30 feet, if you can hit a catcher’s mitt, you can hit a 12-year-old girl’s skull. He fractured her skull, she was rushed to the hospital for surgery.

The prosecution asked to convict the four terrorists (I don’t know what other name you call a young man who hurls a brick at an innocent stranger from 30 feet) with attempted murder.

But the military court, in a long and thoroughly reasoned decision, chose to acquit the four of attempted murder. They were finally convicted of throwing stones and sent to four years in prison.

Shaheeds..

Judge Dahan (Ha’aretz called him ‘the most even-handed judge’) is a bearded, Orthodox Jew, who lives in the town of Gedera and, we hope, sleeps well at night. He was not satisfied with the court’s generally lenient attitude toward teenage Arabs who treat Jewish motorists and their passengers like so many ducks in a shooting gallery. Judge Dahan wrote that not every stone throwing is right away a case of attempted murder. In most cases it’s just, at best, a case of vandalism.

“The stone-throwing is a serious offense, whose severity changes based on variable circumstances,” wrote Judge Dahan. “It can bear the character of a hard and deadly felony, with near certainty of endangering human life—and it can also be a mischievous prank, without potential damage, carried out by a young man who has barely crossed the age threshold of criminal liability.”

As the “Stone Intifada” continues to spread, making Jewish life in Judea and Samaria once again unsafe in the extreme, Judge Dahan is proving to be a failure at delivering on the most essential role of a court in any civilized country: insuring people’s safety, in their homes and on the roads.

It is high time Israel followed the Levy Commission’s recommendations and imposed Israeli law on the Jewish parts of Judea and Samaria. But until that’s done, the IDF court must embrace the primary task of the IDF, which, last time we checked, did not include cuddling Arab baby killers.

Two-year-old Adele Bitton remains in life-threatening condition after she and her family were attacked by Palestinian stone throwers.

Two-year-old Adele Bitton remains in life-threatening condition after she and her family were attacked by Palestinian stone throwers.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Military Judge Calls Stone Throwing at Jews ‘Mischievous’”

  1. Jay Sprueill says:

    It is perfectly obvious the judge has never been hit by a large stone beeing thrown at a high rate of speed. These rocks are in my opinion LETHAL WEAPONS, and if the IDF put a few bullets into these potential killers I'm thinkin it would slow down the rock throwing.

  2. Chaiya Eitan says:

    These stone throwers are laughing at us with this kind of 'justice' being meted out!

  3. Lloyd Bergner says:

    If Ha'aretz refers to Judge Dahan as "even-handed" you know he should be replaced by a judge who values Jewish life more than accolades from a far-left "rag".

  4. Maybe if that judge was on the receiving end he might think a bit differently.

  5. Month by month, and week by week. The middle east spins more out of control. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  6. Ltc Howard says:

    The solution is simple. Give the judge a rifle and made him the point man on patrols. Unfortunately, many lawyers I trained in left-wing law schools. They go on to become left-wing judges. Nothing like a rock in the head to pound some wisdom into the “superior to you, know it all intellectual”.

  7. Anya Khan says:

    The attack was on a woman and the ultra orthodox don't care about women in charge of their own lives.

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Bullets are made for a reason. Soldiers and Police should have their rules of engagement changed to allow aiming for the arms, shoulders, upper bodies of stine throwers and at the legs of those running away after throwing. I would say shoot to kill those trying to kill infants but the Jew haters and left wingers will attack with their usual venom.

  9. tell that to the little girl who is dying..what a piece of garbage this “judge” is

  10. Kahane predicted the weakness of Israeli leaders.
    Remember what Kahane said,
    I prefer an Israel hated by everybody than in Auschwitz loved by all.”.
    Right now Chaim Ben Pesach who is the successor to Kahane has been barred from entering Israel by the cowards who run Israel.
    That includes Likud, Kadima and Labor.

    Chaim Ben Pesach wants to use all out force to stop these Islamo fascists from terrorizing Israel and Ben Pesach wants a death penalty to Arab killers.
    You can go on http://www.jtf.org/ and click on the Forums, then general discussion to see Chaims views.
    Or just google, What if Chaim Ben Pesach Becomes the Prime Minister of Israel.
    Chaim can save Israel from the weak Israeli leaders who accept Arab terrorism.

    Read this great article about him.
    http://aliyahmagazine.com/chaim-ben-pesach-a-jewi
    Chaim ben Pesach a Jewish hero forbidden to make Aliyah.
    August 6, 2012.

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