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Shaked Praises Court Ruling on Deporting African Infiltrators

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said she was pleased with a court ruling on a modified government plan dealing with illegal migrants from Africa and said that “Israel’s hands used to be tied when it came to solving the difficult problem of infiltration. Today we’ve reached a breakthrough that will allow for the State of Israel to act openly in passing infiltrators to third countries.”

The Be’er Sheva District Court on Sunday rejected a petition filed by refugee rights groups, against the arrangement that allows indefinite confinement in the Saharonim detention center for individuals “who refuse to leave to a third country,” NRG reported. Judge Rachel Barkai ruled that “after its revisions, the new outline regarding procedures for monitoring and supervising the implementation of the arrangements by third countries stand the test of integrity and is free from defects and flaws.”

The petition was filed last July on behalf of two asylum seekers who were about to be imprisoned indefinitely in Saharonim after having refused to leave for Rwanda, as well as on behalf of the Center for Refugees and Immigrants, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Physicians for Human Rights, Kav La’Oved, ASAF – an aid organization for refugees and asylum seekers in Israel, and ARDC – the African Refugee Development Center. These petitioners argued that it is uncalled for to imprison anyone who refused to leave for a country where they would not be safe, and would be forced to embark on a dangerous journey from there.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Silvan Shalom (Likud) said that “Confirming the removal of infiltrators to third countries (other than their own) is the humane and just solution, ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Israel on the one hand and of the infiltrators into Israel on the other.” Shalom added, “I believe that the flow of infiltrators leaving Israel, which will increase, will enable Israel to restore peace to the neighborhoods and residents of the periphery.”

The vast majority of complaints against illegal migrants in Israel came from the underprivileged neighborhoods around the country where they chose to settle—seeking cheap housing. The problem widened the rift between Israel’s well to do citizens, who empathized with the suffering asylum seekers, and the poor Israelis who had to share their neighborhoods with them.

The court ordered a stay of the judgment for 21 days, to allow the filing of an appeal with a higher court. Judge Barkai also recommended that the state consider delaying the implementation of the new policy by a few months, to test the regularity and integrity of the oversight process for monitoring the migrants’ departures.

Israel to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorist Who Attacked Tel Aviv Bus

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) began the process of revoking the citizenship of a terrorist, with the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

The Interior Ministry received the approval of the Attorney General to revoke the citizenship of Mohammed Mufarja, a Palestinian Authority resident who became an Israeli citizen under the Family Unification Law by virtue of his father’s marriage to an Israeli woman. His Israeli identity card gave him relatively easy access to Tel Aviv, in December 2012, where he got on the number 142 bus one day after his 18th birthday with a bag full of bombs in his bag. He hid the bag of explosives, got off the bus and ten minutes later activated the explosives using a cellphone. He then took a train from Tel Aviv to Modi’in, to arrive on time at his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Friday that the families of terrorists who were involved in or supported their crimes will also lose their residency, assets belonging to terrorists will be confiscated and their homes demolished.

Shaked added that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist and not a partner for negotiations. She noted that the Palestinian Authority’s incitement against Israel is perpetual, and that it is time to shut down the Palestinian TV. Regarding the US Administration insinuation that Israel uses excessive force to suppress Arab violence, Shaked said that it suggests a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

Israel Hayom, the daily freebee which usually supports Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday accused Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the two most prominent Bayit Yehudi leaders, of attempting to circle the PM from the right, and of attacking him from inside the government. The newspaper accuses Education Minister Bennett of failing to remove Jordanian textbooks fom Arab schools in east Jerusalem, and says Shaked is not going to get too far with her initiative of broad citizenship revocations against Arab terrorists.

Israel Hayom suggests these moves on the part of Bayit Yehudi are timed to push back Netanyahu’s efforts to open up his government to additional parties, in what the newspaper says is the national interest.

Minister Shaked Launches Effort to Revoke Arab Terrorists’ Citizenship

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Thursday morning that she has begun a process of revoking the citizenship and residency of Arab terrorists. She said that the families of terrorists who have been involved in or supported the terror actions will be deprived of residency, terrorist property will be confiscated and their homes will be destroyed.

But getting rid of a terrorist by revoking his Israeli citizenship (as opposed to residency) may prove difficult to carry out. Article 11 of Israel’s Citizenship Law says that the Interior Minister may revoke the Israeli citizenship of a person who committed an act which constitutes a breach of loyalty to Israel (e.g. carrying out an act of terrorism, soliciting or assisting terrorism, or belonging to a terrorist organization)—only if the cancellation of his Israeli citizenship will not leave the same person without any citizenship, and should he be left without any citizenship as stated—he will receive a permit to reside in Israel, as ordered by the court.

Shaked added that Abbas is a terrorist and not a proper partner for discussion. She noted that the Palestinian Authority incitement against Israel continues all the time, and that it is time to close down the Palestinian television channel.

As to the US State Dept. Spokesman’s statement that Israel uses excessive force, Shaked said that this is a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) also told Israel Radio that Israel does not use excessive force. Shelah added, however, that even though Abbas is the enemy and is spreading lies, he still sees the Palestinian Authority as a much better alternative to “other alternatives.” Shelah insisted that Israel had to fight against the lies and incitement, yet to reach an agreement with the enemies.

Bennett to Quit Knesset to Make Room for Return of Moalem

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett is quitting the Knesset to make room for the return of former Knesset Member Shulamit “Shuli” Moalem-Rafaeli.

Bennett promised earlier this year he would resign in order to allow Moalem to take a seat in the Knesset, and critics of the approval of the Norwegian Law accused Bayit Yehudi’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of sponsoring the law for the sole of purpose of bringing back Moalem.

She was in ninth place on the Bayit Yehudi’s list of candidates and failed to be re-elected in the elections in March because the party won only 8 seats, four less than in the previous Knesset.

Bennett will continue to serve as Cabinet Minister following the Knesset’s adoption of the Norwegian Law that permits a minister to continue to serve even if he resigns from the legislature.

Moalem, who was a nurse before turning to politics, was extremely popular among party supporters.

She served in the IDF as a teacher.

Her husband Moshe was one of the 73 victims in the mid-air helicopter crash in the Galilee during the Second Lebanon War.

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.

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