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Shabak Arrests, Interrogations, without Lawyers, Yield Picayune Charges

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Over the past few weeks, Israeli media have been publishing leaked bits of information from the Shabak—Israel’s clandestine police, and from rightwing sources, on the secret arrests of Jews in Judea and Samaria, in preparation for another case against “Jewish terrorists.” The suspects, adults and young teens, were kept away from legal counsel, as has been the norm rather than the exception in the workings of the Jewish Section of the secret police, not to be confused with the Yevsektsiya—the Jewish Section of the Soviet secret police. In a manner similar to the workings of their Soviet predecessors, however, the Shabak was definitely preparing a show trial, exposing once and for all the Jewish terrorists lurking everywhere in Judea and Samaria with murder in their hearts.

After all those weeks of isolation and rough interrogation, with the suspects’ human rights being trampled as only a secret policeman knows how to do, the indictments that were brought against the seven suspects on Monday include little more than being a group of Jewish settlers who have had it up to here with Arab violence.

The central suspects are two minors, ages 16 and 17, and a soldier, 19, from Nachliel, a Haredi communal settlement in Judea and Samaria located close to the Arab villages of Beitillu and Deir ‘Ammar, about 14 miles from Modi’in. The other suspects are Pinhas Shendorfi, 22, married and living in Kiriat Arba; Itamar Ben Aharon, 20, of Nachliel; Shneur Dana, in his 20s, married and father of children from Maale Ephraim; and Michael Kaplan, 20, from Nachliel. Three of the suspects are brothers, and Dana is married to their sister.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

The indictment charges that the seven suspects “wanted, among other things, to spread fear and panic among the Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria, on the one hand, and on the other hand to deliver messages to the security forces and to the Israeli public on security issues.”

In other words, none of them are accused of, say, murder, or even manslaughter. They are accused, and according to Walla have already confessed to causing damage to property in a number of neighboring Arab villages. They apparently threw Molotov cocktails on one occasion at a house in an Arab village north of Ramallah last November 20, but it was deflected by a window. On December 22 they are accused of throwing IDF issue gas grenades into a house in another Arab village. They also sprayed graffiti on walls belonging to Arabs, saying: “Revenge,” “death to the Arabs,” “Jews, Wake Up,” and “Revenge, Regards to the Prisoners of Zion,” the latter being the subject of some controversy as to what they actually meant — they most likely meant the Jewish administrative prisoners who are lingering in state jails without an indictment against them, by the stroke of the pen of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud).

The seven are also charged with illegal possession of weapons and membership in an illegal organization, although the organization appears to be this family in Nachliel. The prosecution says they constituted an extremist and violent organization which systematically attacked Arabs and their property “with full awareness of the possibility that they might harm human lives, even after the results of the arson of the Duma village house, and, in effect, inspired by it.”

In the end, the indictment comes down to accusing the defendants of hating Arabs and expressing their hatred in dangerous ways. In other words, harassment and disorderly conduct with illegal weapons involved.

Frankly, that’s a little disappointing for such a production.

David Israel

Disgraced

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Here’s Rabbi Motti Elon walking away from the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, December 18, 2013, after hearing his verdict. Elon, former head of Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem, was convicted of sexually assaulting two of his former students, in 2003 and 2005, and sentenced with 6 months of community service, 6 months suspended sentence and a payment of a little under $3,000 to his victims.

Alone he walks into the snow covered street, with his delusions of grandeur, a living lesson about hubris and pride.

He told reporters that he’s happy do do community service, since he’d been doing just that—community service—for 40 years.

In his own head, he’s done nothing wrong. A martyr, persecuted by a repressive system.

I bless him that while he endows his new flock with cleaner toilets, it will dawn on him one day that at some point his path had led him over the cliff.

Yori Yanover

Nazi War Criminal Dies in Hospital Evading Conviction

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Suspected 98-year old Hungarian Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatari died in hospital on Monday. He faced charges of involvement in the deportation of Jews from a town in Slovakia during World War II.

Csatari denied the charges. Nevertheless, he was at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of alleged Nazi war criminals.

After being sentenced to death in absentia by a Czech court in 1948 Csatari fled to Canada, where he lived and worked as an art dealer before being stripped of his citizenship in the 1990s.

He returned to Hungary where he lived for about 15 years before prosecutors began investigating his case in late 2011, based on information from the Wiesenthal Center. In June, 2013, Hungarian prosecutors finally charged him, saying he had been “actively involved in and assisted the deportations” in 1944 of Jews from a ghetto in Kosice.

The former police officer Csatari “regularly beat the interned Jews with his bare hands and whipped them with a dog-whip without any special reasons, regardless of their sex, age or health,” prosecutors said.

The UK The Sun tracked down Csatari, photographing him and confronting him at his front door.

Now, those are paparazzi we can be proud of…

Yori Yanover

Neturei Karta Member Charged with Espionage for Iran

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

A Jerusalem resident who belongs to the ultra-Haredi Neturei Karta sect is being charged with contacting the Iranian embassy in Berlin, offering to spy for Iran in Israel, and even proposing to murder a Zionist for Iran.

The man is being charged with contact with a foreign agent and an intent to commit treason.

According to the charges, which were made public today, the man decided three years ago to start spying for Iran. He went online—not a small feat for a Neturei Karta man—and checked out Iranian embassies in Europe. In January, 2011, he flew to Berlin, showed up at the Iranian embassy and told the reception clerk that he was an Israeli citizen interested in meeting an Iranian official.

He was taken to an office in the embassy where, according to the charges, he met with three unknown individuals. He told the Iranians who he was, explaining that his faith rejects the existence of the state of Israel, and that he wished to replace the current Israeli government with a gentile government. He then proposed to pas intelligence information to the Iranians.

During the meeting, the man asked his hosts how come they don’t manage to guard their people in Iran against Israeli assassinations. In response, the Iranians asked how he can be so insolent when he’s asking for political asylum, and he responded that he wasn’t interested in an asylum, and that he would gladly murder a Zionist for them.

According to the charges, the Iranians told the accused they were going to check the matter with their superiors and gave the accused man a note with an email where they would send him messages. They also instructed him to call them at the embassy.

The accused returned to Israel and started checking the email account in Internet cafes around Jerusalem. He also made several payphone calls to Iran’s Berlin embassy, asking to speak to “Haji Baba,” the nickname of one of the Iranian with whom he had contact in Germany.

The arrest of double-oy-vey-seven took place two weeks ago, under a massive gag order. He was remanded to a holding cell in the Petach Tikva magistrate court and his appeal of the arrest was rejected by the district court. According to the prosecution, the accused has already admitted the charges against him.

Yori Yanover

Excluding Jews and Others From Juries

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Comes the news [reported at the JewishPress.com -ed.] that Frederick Cohn, the Jewish defense lawyer for Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, asked Brooklyn-based federal judge Eric Vitaliano to exclude Jews from the jury. Shehadeh is charged with three counts of making false statements in connection with his attempts to join jihadis in Pakistan. “Your Honor” Cohn explained in February,

I’m not wild about having Jews on the jury in this case. Given that there’s going to be inflammatory testimony about Jews and Zionism, I think it would be hard for Jews to cast aside any innate antipathy. The American Jewish community is heavily aligned with Israel and Zionism.

This news brings to mind the London trial, almost exactly a decade ago, of Abdullah el-Faisal, when the defense successfully excluded Jews and Hindus from a trial jury. Carla T. Main explained at the time in the National Review what happened:

In a bizarre judicial move that has largely slipped under the radar screen in the United States, England’s Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, several weeks ago banned Jews and Hindus (and anyone married to one) from serving on the jury in a trial of Abdullah el-Faisal. The Muslim cleric had been running around England writing, recording, and speaking about his hatred of Americans, Jews, and Hindus, and waxing poetic about Osama bin Laden. He was tried and convicted of soliciting the murder of nonbelievers (read: Americans, Jews, and Hindus) and using threatening words to stir up racial hatred.

It may be difficult for Americans to appreciate just how unusual this act of juror cherry picking was in England, steeped as we are in the high drama that jury selection has become in the United States. But it is worth bearing in mind that in England there is no such thing as jury selection. Jurors are pulled from the pool at random, lottery-style.

At the behest of the defense, the court took steps that the defense itself was unable to take to eliminate from the jury panel those whom he feared — without a wit of evidence — might not be impartial. The judge reportedly announced, “For obvious reasons, members of the jury of the Jewish or Hindu faith should reveal themselves, even if they are married to Jewish or Hindu women, because they are not fit to arbitrate in this case.”

Comments: (1) As ever, Muslims raise startling new issues and Islam drives the social and legal agenda in the West. (2) Has anyone else noticed the propensity of Islamists defendants to hire Jewish lawyers? (3) Are the el-Faisal and Shehadeh one-off aberrations or the start of an ominous trend? Only time will tell.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org and National Review Online, The Corner, March 11, 2013.

Daniel Pipes

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