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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘arrested’

Rabbi Arrested for Plotting to Murder Get Refuser in Kiryas Joel

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Rabbi Aharon Goldberg, 55, and Shimon Liebowitz, 25, were arrested in Central Valley, NY, Tuesday, when they were meeting to plot the kidnapping and murder of a husband who is refusing to give his wife a get, federal officials said Wednesday. They were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Prosecutors said the Liebowitz belongs to the Satmar community in Kiryas Joel, NY, and Goldberg, originally from Bnei Brak, Israel, is “a prominent rabbi in Kiryas Joel.”

The FBI said Goldberg and Liebowitz contacted an individual in early July to kidnap the husband and force him to give a get to his wife, on penalty of death. The man they recruited then contacted the Bureau about the plot and began recording his conversations with the two suspects. The code name for the plan was “Wedding.” They discussed kidnapping, torturing and forcing the get from the husband, either in the US or when he was on a trip to Ukraine. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Goldberg and Liebowitz paid the FBI informant about $55,000 for what he called a “chilling plot.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney Jr. stated in a press release: “As if the plan to kidnap the victim and force him to divorce his wife in this alleged conspiracy wasn’t bad enough, the plotters allegedly decided halfway through the arrangement to go a step further and add murder to the list of their planned crimes. Our country protects freedom of religious beliefs and practices, but no one is allowed to plot a kidnapping and murder regardless of their motivation.”

David Israel

Jewish Man Arrested for Bowing on Temple Mount

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

A Jewish visitor who was on a tour of the Temple Mount Thursday morning committed the crime of bowing, which was immediately detected by the Wakf authority running the compound and Israel Police was alerted. The man, in his 60s, was arrested at once. He is represented by legal aid society Honenu’s attorney Rehavia Pilz.

David Israel

Netanya Mayor Remanded for 6 Days on Suspicion of Corruption, Bribes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar was in Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court Wednesday, along with three other suspects, including a senior official in her administration and a real estate developer, to hear police request for a remand in her investigation on suspicion of corruption.

A representative of the Police told the court that “this is a convoluted and complex investigation involving serious suspicions of public corruption on the highest order,” which is why police were requesting a 10-day remand. In the end the court allowed a 6-day remand for the mayor, her former husband Eli Feierberg, Rabbi Shimon Sher, chairman of the local planning and construction committee, and a developer whose name was not disclosed.

Mayor Feirberg and the other three are suspected of various crimes of accepting bribes. “These are public figures who violated the public’s trust,” the police representative told the court.

During the hearing, Feirberg interfered in her attorney’s comments to the court and the judge stopped her and said, “I understand this situation is uncomfortable for you, but do let your attorney speak, he knows what he’s talking about.” Feirberg shot back, “Why? I only asked to answer all their questions.”

Police suspect high ranking officials in the Netanya municipality and their circles of associates of working to promote the interests of contractors and developers in Netanya real estate projects, in return for bribes and other gifts. These officials are suspected of operating habitually with conflicts of interest without reporting them, with everyone being involved in bribery, fraud, money laundering and tax evasions.

Since the investigation has been revealed, police have seized and frozen accounts and assets to support possible future requests for forfeiture. The investigation is being run in collaboration by the National police Unit and the Income Tax Investigations Unit.

Other suspects, in addition to Mayor Feirberg, are her son, attorney Tzafrir Feirberg, contractor and developer Avraham T’shuva, the brother of natural gas and real estate tycoon Itzhak T’shuva, Attorney Rabbi Avraham Gogig, and architect Gabi Tetro.

David Israel

Three Girls Arrested for Walking Around the Temple Mount

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Three young Jewish women were detained for an interrogation on Sunday afternoon while they were conducting a walk around the gates of the Temple Mount, the Honenu legal aid society announced. Honenu attorneys are looking into the reason for their arrests.

David Israel

Jewish Man Arrested for Saying Shema on Temple Mount

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

A young Jewish man was arrested on the Temple Mount Thursday afternoon, for suspicion of saying “Shema Israel,” legal aid society Honenu reported. The detainee is being represented by a Honenu attorney.

The latest time to say the Shema on Thursday according to Jewish law was 9:27:29 AM, which suggests the young man was only reading the verse, rather than uttering it as part of his daily prayer, and should argue for a reduced sentence (Berachot 10b).

On the other hand, the young man could have been a Hasid, in which case he may have considered his uttering of the Shema to be part of his morning prayer, and his punishment should thus be more severe.

Regarding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the 2010 US State Dept. report on religious freedom round the world apparently finds it disturbing that “a government policy since 1967, upheld repeatedly by the Supreme Court and routinely enforced by the police, denies religious freedom at the Temple Mount to all non-Muslims, although the government ensured limited access to the historic site to everyone regardless of religious beliefs. Only Muslims were allowed to pray at the site, although their access has been occasionally restricted due to security concerns. The police accompanied Jewish visitors to the site and removed them if they appear to be praying. Since 2000 the Jordanian Waqf that managed the site restricted all non-Muslims from entering the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa Mosque.”

However, the 2014 DOS report on religious freedom appears to approve of the fact that the Israeli government limits Jewish religious observance at the Temple Mount, “though some Jewish groups sought to either legally overturn this policy or modify it to permit Jewish prayer, actions that were at times followed by a violent response from Muslim worshippers.”

David Israel

Samaria Jewish Resident Arrested by Shabak

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

A Jewish man, 18, resident of Givat Ronen in Samaria, was arrested before dawn at his home by Shabak forces, Honenu legal aid society reported. The agents searched the man’s home and took him to a Shabak interrogation facility.

The agents presented a court order preventing the detainee from seeing his attorney, Adi Keidar from Honenu. The charges against the detainee are not yet clear. He will likely see a judge in Petakh Tikvah Magistrate Court.

David Israel

7 Jews Arrested on 9 Av on Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Jerusalem Police said it detained seven Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on Sundaay, the 9th of Av, for “breaking the rules” set by the Waqf, the Jordanian charity that runs the compound. According to legal aid society Honenu, three detainees said “Shema Israel” and “Hashem Hu Ha’Elohim.” Hear, oh Israel, God is the Lord — very similar to what the hordes of Muslims had been yelling the entire day while stalking and harassing the visitors — Allah hu Akbar — God is graet.

Another Jewish visitor was arrested for tearing his shirt, a Jewish expression of mourning which did not pass the waqf’s standards for proper Jewish behavior.

As the Jews were being arrested, dozens of Muslims started ganging up on the cops and the visitors, screaming that same incriminating call of faith in God, except in the approved Arabic.

David Israel

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