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Cabinet to Weigh Blocking Entitlements to Parents of Stone Throwing Minors

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday will convene the Security Cabinet to approve his campaign against stone and Molotov cocktail throwers. The Prime Minister’s Office statement said that the program would include three main measures: changing the rules of engagement, the imposition of minimum sentences on stone and Molotov cocktail throwers, and the imposition of heavy fines on the parents of minors caught throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. Nonpayment of the fines will lead to the denial of social security benefits.

Regarding the vehement objections of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the changes in the rules of engagement, which come down to employing police snipers to fire live bullets at rioters, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu is determined to deliver his plan to the cabinet, followed by a speedy enactment into a law. The Prime Minister made it clear that he would not heed the AG’s ruling.

According to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, at this point, the responsibility for the safety of Israeli civilians against Arab rioters has fallen on the legislature. She said the Prosecution has already issued charges in anticipation of the new, stricter policy, adding that she saw no point in making the changes temporary, to deal only with the current crisis of violent riots in Jerusalem and elsewhere—she intends to submit a law with a three-year sunset.

According to Shaked, “If a child is caught and is under the age of criminal responsibility, the parents must deposit a collateral sum, guaranteeing that the minor not return to rioting for a year. The money would be returned in a year if the minor’s record remains unblemished. Otherwise, the money would be confiscated. There will be other financial penalties, all intended to force parents to take responsibility for their terrorist minors.

“The riots in Jerusalem are part of the wild anti-Semitic Incitement by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,” Shaked said. “They literally spread blood libels and lies to serve their political ends. Until that does not stop, the riots won’t stop. But with heavy financial punishment in the neighborhoods we can reduce this phenomenon.”

Upgraded Counter Terrorism Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

An upgraded counter terrorism law passed its first reading Thursday in the Knesset plenum.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) sponsored the bill. She told journalists it was intended to provide authorities with the many tools needed to “lead an effective battle against terrorist organizations, both in fighting their expanding activities and the funding that enables such activity.

“We believe that passing the Terror Act, in its current version is a necessary and vital step to advance the fight against terror,” she said. “In this fight, there is no ‘Left’ and ‘Right,’” she emphasized.

The proposal for the bill was formulated originally during the term of former justice minister Tzipi Livni. It gathers all current legislation dealing with counter terrorism into one measure, and broadens the definition of what constitutes a terrorist organization.

Under the new law, administrative detentions will be legalized, and those who support terrorism will receive up to three years’ imprisonment. The definition of terror support will include posting praises of terrorism online, waving flags connected with terror activity, etc.

In addition, accomplices to such crimes will receive the same penalties as perpetrators.

The maximum prison term will be raised to 30 years for terror-related crimes as well.

The notes of explanation that accompany the legislation point out: “The legislation’s objective is to give state authorities the proper legal, criminal and public tools to deal with the terror threats the State of Israel is facing… This is due to the unique nature of this type of crime, which is reflected in the severity of the infringement, on the one hand, and the difficulty of fighting it because of its scope and complexity on the other hand.”

The measure passed by a vote of 45-14.

It now moves to the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee for amendments and changes prior to a second and third, final reading.

Traumatized Jews Battle Israeli Forces, Nightmares in Samaria

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

In the week leading up to the Jewish holiday of love and matchmaking — Tu B’Av — Israelis in Samaria are battling the IDF and old nightmares, returned.

Rows of rigid military police standing shoulder to shoulder with their eyes averted, massive plexiglass riot shields ready at their feet. Female Border Guard Police officers in groups of three, wearing massive equipment and huge riot helmuts gently lifting a praying, weeping woman protester who is overcome with grief as she remembers another evacuation, and thousands of other homeless Jews in Israel.

An Israeli woman weeps as she prays while police drag her away at Beit El protest.

To the Beit El supporters, who included former residents of the demolish communities of Gush Katif and northern Samaria, this week’s eviction of protesters at the two Draynoff buildings felt horrendously familiar.

Beit El protesters pray  near Israeli security troops deployed prior to demolition of two apartment houses in the community.

Hundreds of Judea and Samaria residents flocked to the aid of their fellow Jews in the community of Beit El, where Israel’s High Court on Wednesday upheld a demolition order for two half-finished apartment houses.

The destruction was to be carried out by Thursday, pre-empting the original order, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 2. But by 12 noon Wednesday, the bulldozers had already torn out the heart of an Israeli flag painted on to the side of one of the buildings.

First, the demolition crew tore out the heart of the Israeli flag on the building.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has already said the structures can be rebuilt since land permits were secured after their construction. But that’s not really the point.

Was the praying, weeping woman going to be homeless that day? Was the man in his prayer shawl threatened, intensely shaking his fist while beseeching the Creator to intervene? No.

"Yesh Din v'yesh Dayan." There is a Law and there is a Judge. A traumatized Beit El resident warns Israeli security forces that retribution will come from Above.

But stark fear haunts nearly every resident of Judea and Samaria as they intently watch events at Beit El.

Some traumatized Israeli protesters seemed numb as they stood up to security forces at Beit El.

The 2005 Disengagement of Gaza began much the same way, they say, and no one is willing to repeat that massive error.

Israeli security troops stand ready to move against protesters at Beit El -- as they did at Gush Katif exactly 10 years ago this week.

Ten years later nearly to the day, this week, there remain even now families who are still homeless, who live in “temporary” caravillas in a trailer park in Nitzan.

The government “reparation” money ran out long before Israel made good on its promise to provide them with new land to replace that which was wrested from them — in many cases, land with which they made their living as independent business owners. Meanwhile, they were forced by their banks to continue paying off mortgages on the homes that were demolished in an expulsion over which they had no choice, using the funds that had been earmarked for purchasing new homes or starting new livelihoods.

Marriages and families were crushed with the communities in that destruction. Major depressions and suicides led to lives being snuffed out along with Israel’s presence in Gaza.

Four communities in northern Samaria were destroyed as well, among them the small town of Sa-Nur.

Now former residents of that community have decided they have seen enough, and this week stated their intention to return and rebuild their town.

Some 20 families along with 200 other supporters from around the country flocked to the site two days ago, as events heated up in Beit El, and settled in for the duration; they are now working together to prepare the town for re-habitation.

The families sent a letter to the prime minister and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, urging them to refrain from another expulsion.

“IDF soldiers are our beloved brothers, flesh of our flesh. We demand not to repeat the trauma of the expulsion, and not to force IDF soldiers to expel us again from our homes,” they wrote. “Placing the soldiers against their settler brothers is the addition of sin to a crime. Even if the government wants to expel Jews from their homes and their land, that should be done by police officers, and not by soldiers and Border Patrol soldiers who give the best of their years for the security of Israel.”

The tensions could tear apart the fragile 61-member coalition cobbled together by Likud Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It has certainly re-traumatized thousands of Israeli Jews who desperately trying to rebuild their lives productively in Samaria — one of the most beautiful areas of the Land of Israel.

Government Committee to Address Legality of ‘West Bank Lands’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A new government committee has been formed to “address the legal status of West Bank lands,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) has announced.

The formation of the committee comes in fulfillment of part of the coalition agreement between Bayit Yehudi and the Likud.

The agreement stipulates such a committee is to be formed and make “fast-track” recommendations within 60 days on the legal status of outposts in Judea and Samaria.

The deal was designed to prevent the typical red tape snarl that usually results in committee paralysis of any issue that proves too painful to handle without a public political temper tantrum from one quarter or the other.

Members of the committee – to be led by Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit – include Agriculture Ministry director-general Shlomo Ben-Eliyahu, Defense Ministry Legal Adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari and Attorney Hagai Vinitzki.

As expected, the public temper tantrums have already started — even before the work.

Routine NGO litigant “Yesh Din” (Volunteers for Human Rights), which essentially opposes human rights for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and opposes their communities, is already slamming the establishment of the committee itself.

“Even 100 committees will not succeed in fixing the contradiction of an after-the-fact legalization of outposts and neighborhoods which were established amidst continuing violations” of the rule of law, Yesh Din said in a statement.

The NGO claimed that Justice Minister Shaked is “trying to implement the Levy Report via the back door…. without the government officially adopting [it] and “even though senior jurists in Israel and globally, as well as decisions of the Supreme Court reject [the report’s] legal interpretations and conclusions.”

The brouhaha by Yesh Din references the 2012 Levy Report that was authored by the late Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, who rendered a decision stating the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria were legal under international law. Justice Levy recommended the government legalize unrecognized outposts that were built on Israeli state land, at least through some form of unofficial government support.

The question has remained over whether land in Judea and Samaria holds the legal status of state land or private land, and where those areas exist.

More than half a million Israeli citizens now populate those communities and live their lives from one day to the next never knowing whether tomorrow will bring an eviction notice from the State of Israel due to some political expediency that could destroy decades of investment and change their lives forever – as it did for nearly 10,000 others in the Jewish towns of Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

Insider’s Guide to the Middle East: ‘Catch the Jew’

Friday, July 17th, 2015

This book will blow your mind.

But do not read “Catch the Jew” if you are confident you know all about Israel and its Arab neighbors and citizens and refuse to change your mind. Those entrenched either on the “right” or on the “left” must be prepared to shake loose the moorings of long-held, often ossified, views. And who is in the middle if you care about the Middle East?

If you are open to having your views altered and expanded, though, you must read this book. You’ll see what I mean about it being mind-blowing if you do. It will also tickle your funny bone, if you have one.

Tuvia Tenenbom, the merry prankster journalist who is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, English and German, was born and spent his early years in a haredi family in B’nei Brak. He then fled to the United States for intellectual and ideological freedom, including freedom from religion. He was educated in the west, and is now a journalist, dramatist and author who lives at least half the year in Germany.

This book is a chronicle of Tenenbom’s journeys through Israel’s Jewish and Arab towns and the Arab and Jewish hubs in the territories.

I had heard that Tenenbom was prickly and iconoclastic. So, of course, I invited him for Shabbat dinner when I learned he would be in nearby Philadelphia.

He was an entertaining dinner guest – attacking me and my husband for claiming to love Israel so much but living in the luxurious suburbs of a large American city. Fair enough.

I then traveled with Tuvia for a day as he began his exploration of the United States for his upcoming book. I was able to watch his process firsthand, and it confirmed for me what I say about his process, below.

In truth, I did not fully understand what was the point of the book when I began reading it. What was everyone so excited about? The book is a huge bestseller in Israel and in Germany. But it seemed to meander, without a particular direction. Patience, please.

Tenenbom did not have a point in mind when he started, that is itself the point, or at least it reveals why the book is so valuable. He did not start with a thesis, something he was trying to prove.

The book is an exploration and he proceeds with no plan other than to make sure to meet up with as many different kinds of people, representing as many different viewpoints, as possible. If there was a goal, it was simply to find out what Israel is like and who inhabits it.

Tenenbom tags along with tour groups, wanders through the halls of the Knesset, journeys with Jews and Arabs for “peace conferences,” sits in on shiurim in Meah Shearim, and blunders about on the Temple Mount, all in search of people who will speak about the place in which they live.

As a German journalist (well, sort of, remember his brief biography, above), he is readily granted access to people such as Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights, and Jibril Rajoub, the notorious Palestinian Arab terrorist leader and now sports minister.

The list of people who speak freely with Tenenbom  – albeit most don’t realize he understands their language when they shoots asides to aides – is fairly comprehensive. And what those people say to someone they think is a German (a blond, no less!) journalist allows readers to get about as close to the truth as most people will ever get.

This book provides invaluable insights through visits with well-known PLO legislator and activist Hanan Ashrawi, Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, Israeli novelist Amos Oz, Shimon Peres and Ayelet Shaked, as well as non-famous Druze, Arab Israelis, Jewish leftists, Syrian victims (in Israeli hospitals) and the foreign media. And that’s not even half of his subjects.

Bennett Looks for Attention with Appeal to World to Recognize Golan

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett called on the world to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in speech to the annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

Israel annexed the strategic and water-rich Golan in 1981, but many foreign media articles are preceded with the dateline “Golan Heights, Occupied Territories.”

Bennett’s initiative might be the first small step towards what is going to be an eventual reality. As Syria falls apart, the idea of handing over the Golan to Bashar Al-Assad doesn’t even enter the imagination of Secretary of State John Kerry.

However, Bennett’s call for recognition was welcomed with a resounding thud by foreign media, such as AFP, whose first words in its report were “Far-right Israeli minister.” The description is outlandish, if not libelous, unless the same news agency were to call Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog “far-left.”

Bennett said yesterday:

I call on the international community… to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan…. I understand that there is a disagreement on Judaea and Samaria, what the world calls the West Bank. I understand that on this we shall agree to disagree.

But the Golan, to ban agricultural exports from the Golan? Where is the logic, where is your morality? Who would you like us to give the Golan Heights to? To Assad? To Al-Nusra Front? To the Islamic State group? To Hezbollah?

There is a consensus among Israelis that the Golan Heights should remain in Israel. The 20,000 Jews in the Golan Heights make up 50 percent of the population, the other half being Druze, approximately half of whom live in the city of Majdal Shams.

Prime Minister Netanyahu took the air out of Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party, which in the early stages of the election was polled to win 16 seats in the Knesset. By Election Day, the number was down to 12, the same it had in the previous government.

The day after the election, Netanyahu’s frantic call for Jews to vote had reduced the party’s strength to eight.

Bennett is not making the mistake of previous nationals religious parties to become a party of “Yesha,” the acronym for the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria.

He is trying to shed the party of the stigma that nationalists must be religious. Secular Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked was at the top of the heap in the elections and won the prize of Justice Minister.

Now Bennett needs even broader support in Israel to strengthen his position in the government, and his call on the world to recognize the Golan was more for local consumption than any expectation that the United Nations or even the Obama administration will admit to the truth.

Best Friends Forever?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked met with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein at a special Cabinet meeting held in the Israel Museum on May 19, 2015.

The position of Attorney General is one of those that Shaked hopes to reform.

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